The Theodore Roosevelt Council yesterday presented the Distinguished Chief Scout Citizen Award to Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, at the group’s 41st annual gala, held at Crest Hollow Country Club. County Executive Mangano said he was humbled by this special honor and proud to be receiving it.
The TRC helps prepare our youth to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. All proceeds from this gala will benefit Scouting for the more than 10,400 youth and 3,800 adult volunteers in Nassau County. The Gala draws close to 200 guests.
President Theodore Roosevelt was an enthusiastic proponent of the Scouting movement. Theodore Roosevelt, IV, is Honorary Commissioner of the TRC’s Executive Board.
After leaving office, Roosevelt became the troop committeeman of Troop 39 in Oyster Bay, in 1910 when the Boy Scouts started. He was also the first council commissioner of the Nassau County Council.
The President once said, “The movement is one for efficiency and patriotism. It does not try to make soldiers of Boy Scouts but to make boys who will turn out as men to be fine citizens and who will, if their country needs them, make better soldiers for having been Scouts.”
For many years after this death in 1919, several thousand Scouts made annual pilgrimages to his grave in Oyster Bay.
County Executive Mangano announced, at the gala, an essay program that Nassau County’s Museum of American Armor is conducting with the Theodore Roosevelt Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
The program is designed to “create a better understanding of the heroes within our own families and those throughout our communities” with as much as $10,000 in scholarship awards to be presented to the 3 selected winners.
The museum is challenging the scouts to write and submit an essay that relates to the military experiences of members of their own families, neighbors or members of their local veterans organization.
“I hope every scout here today will take part,” Mangano said in closing.