Merrill Boy Scout addresses state legislature, governor
The Boys Scouts of America gave their annual Report to the State on March 28 in Madison. Wisconsin is divided into seven Boy Scout councils. During the report to state, each council sends an Eagle Scout from the previous year to report on their year-end successes and highlights. That delegate also gets to speak of their own scouting experiences to the State Legislature and Governor.
Gavin Dinges, from Troop 599 of Merrill, was chosen to represent the Samoset Council in delivering their Report to the State. Gavin reported that Samoset Council continues to be the place “Where Camping is King!” and during their capital campaign, they have raised over $1 million of their $1.75 million goal for improvements at Camp Tesomas. Gavin reported on highlights of the Council’s Outdoor Adventures, Camp Improvements, and Community Outreach, in 2017. Gavin also had the opportunity to speak to Governor Scott Walker and the Legislature on how Scouting has had a positive impact on his life and how proud he was to represent Samoset Council.
Governor Scott Walker presented Gavin with a Proclamation claiming Wednesday, March 28, 2018 as Boy Scouts Of America Day throughout the State of Wisconsin and commend this observance to all of our citizens. Senator Tom Tiffany and Representative Mary Felzkowski also presented Gavin with a Citation By The Legislature. Rep. Felzkowkski stated Gavin did an incredible job and Sen. Tiffany stated Gavin and his peers were all well-spoken and their Report to the State received praise from many of his legislative colleagues.