Report to the Nation

Gomez shaking hands with President Bush

Zac Gomez, of Troop 36 in San Angelo, was selected to represent  the Boy Scouts of America as a member of the 2002 Report to the Nation delegation.  He was one of 8 Scouts chosen from across the nation to deliver this report on Scouting.  The last time a Scout from this area was  selected for this honor was in the 1960’s.  Zac’ trip was a whirlwind of touring Washington DC, meeting with Texas and national dignitaries,  States, George W. Bush.  Zac reported that President Bush told him to tell everyone in Texas “hi”.    Among Zac’s other stops on his trip were a visit to the Arlington National Cemetery, the Hard Rock Café in Washington DC and a tour of the pentagon and CIA headquarters.

The BSA honored Zac with a Medal of Honor for his efforts in organizing and conducting a blanket, coat and clothing drive for a San Angelo family shelter where he and his family  spent 6 months several years ago.  He has been conducting the drive for 3  years now on his birthday in early December as a way of giving back to an organization that helped his family through some hard times.  Because of  his commitment to “help other people at all times”, Zac was also recently  recognized as a “Southern Region Hero”.  The presentation was made during a Regional meeting in Orlando Florida.  Zac’s family accompanied  him on the trip and was able to be present for the ceremony.  The Gomez  family was also able to visit Disneyworld during their stay.

This story taken from the April 2003 Scouter of the Concho Valley Council.

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