The Boy Scouts of America’s Southwest Florida Council named Cliff Walters their 2016 Distinguished Citizen during their Good Scout Awards Dinner on May 12, 2016. The event honored Cliff, who has distinguished himself for many years in our community with unselfish service and has exemplified those values held in such high regard by Scouting.
Cliff first became involved with Boy Scouts of America in the 1960’s in Louisville, Kentucky. He says it was important to his development. In a Bradenton Herald article featuring the event, Cliff said, “You learn self-sufficiency by being empowered to go in the woods and camp, and the adults very much let the youth provide the leadership as it was. If you didn’t bring enough food, you went hungry. If you forgot to put enough firewood by the campsite, you got cold so it was a great learning experience.” Cliff earned the Eagle Scout rank, the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program.
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The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is one of the largest youth organizations in the United States, with more than 2.4 million youth members and nearly one million adult volunteers. Since its founding in 1910 as part of the international Scout Movement, more than 110 million Americans have been at some point members of the BSA.
The BSA’s goal is to train youth in responsible citizenship, character development, and self-reliance through participation in a wide range of outdoor activities, educational programs, and, at older age levels, career-oriented programs in partnership with community organizations. For younger members, the Scout method is part of the program to inculcate typical Scouting values such as trustworthiness, good citizenship, and outdoors skills, through a variety of activities such as camping, aquatics, and hiking.