One Cub Scout Was Chosen to be Part of a Small Youth Delegation to Share       Scouting’s 2014 Achievements With Congress


Elmira, NY (February 16, 2015) - A small delegation of young people from across the country— including Mason Hakes of Corning, NY - will represent the Boy Scouts of America® in Washington, D.C., February 21 - 26, to present the organization’s annual Report to the Nation to top U.S. officials. The report, a compulsory as part of the BSA’s congressional charter, will highlight the organization’s achievements in 2014.

Being selected to the Report to the Nation delegation is a tremendous honor for Mason Hakes and the Twin Tiers community that he will represent. Each Scout represents the more than 100 million Boy Scouts who have come before them and the millions who will follow.  

Arriving in the Nation’s capital on February 21, Mason, his Father, and the other Boy Scouts of America delegates are scheduled for tour Goddard Space Center, the United States Naval Academy, the Natural History Museum, the National monuments at night (Jefferson, Lincoln, Vietnam, etc.), the Pentagon, and Arlington Cemetery (where they will participate in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier) throughout the week, and visit with Senators, the Supreme Court, and today’s top leadership in the House and Senate, White House, Treasury, other key cabinet leadership.

To keep track of the Report to the Nation delegates as they embark on this once-in-a-lifetime experience in Washington, D.C., visit the Five Rivers Council facebook® page (, follow @boyscouts on Twitter or watch the Boy Scouts of America facebook® page. The trip will be well documented in pictures available on the Boy Scouts of America Flickr gallery, available here:

Hakes was selected as a delegate for this year’s Report to the Nation in part because he likes to sing patriotic songs.  Mason has performed the National Anthem for his Cub Scout Pack to start their Pinewood Derby and competed in Alligator Idle, his school’s version of American Idol.  His most recent performance, last Saturday, February 14th, was well received as Mason sang the National Anthem to open the ECHL hockey league, Elmira Jackals home game.  Mason Hakes is about to earn the rank of Webelos as a member of Cub Scout Pack 63 in Corning, NY.  Mason has high grades in school, a belt full of loops including Good Manners, Music, Pet Care, Kickball, and many more.

“I’m so proud of young Mason for representing all the youth and leaders from the Five Rivers Council as he soon reports to our country’s leaders in Washington, D.C.! Having been born in the District of Columbia and having gone from Cub Scout to Eagle Scout in the Washington area, it is a special treat for me to vicariously share the wonders of the Scouting program through this young Cub Scout’s eyes,” words from Five Rivers Council Scout Executive, Bill McCahill.  “This will be a trip that he will never forget, and I have no doubt that he will be an excellent ambassador for Scouting in the Twin Tiers!”

Locally, the Five Rivers Council has contributed to the national report that will be shared through the delivery of a quality Scouting experience in the Twin Tiers and Southern Finger Lakes region, serving over 3,000 local youth members and hundreds of helpful volunteers.

About the Boy Scouts of America

The Boy Scouts of America provides the nation's foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, which helps young people be "Prepared. For Life.™" The Scouting organization is composed of nearly 2.5 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 21 and approximately 960,000 volunteers in local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit

About Five Rivers Council, BSA

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Since its inception in 1910 The Boy Scouts of America has been the Nation’s premier youth development organization with more than 100 million youth and adult members. The local Five Rivers Council, a United Way agency, serves youth of all types across 10 Counties in the Southern Tier of New York State and the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania.  Council adventure camps Gorton and Brulé operate in New York’s Finger Lakes region and Northern Pennsylvania respectively, hosting year-round adventure and leadership development programming.


For more information, please contact:

William T. McCahill

Scout Executive for Five Rivers Council, BSA

(607) 732-9047




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