Billy McElligott, right, accepts a certificate from Wayne Brock, chief scout executive of Boy Scouts of America, during the delegationís trip to Washington in February.
PALM HARBOR Ė Billy McElligott of Palm Harbor was among nine young people from across the country that represented the Boy Scouts of America in Washington, D.C., in February to present the organizationís annual Report to the Nation to top U.S. officials.
The report is designated in the BSAís congressional charter and highlighted the organizationís achievements in 2013.
Being selected to the Report to the Nation delegation is a tremendous honor for McElligott, a 2012 graduate of Palm Harbor University High School, and the communities that he represents.
Each Scout represents the more than 100 million Boy Scouts who have come before them and the millions who will follow.
McElligott was selected as a delegate for his service as a Sea Scout Quartermaster. He began his Scouting participation at age 14 and currently serves as the top youth leader for the Sea Scouts as the National Sea Scout Boatswain.
McElligott attends Florida Atlantic University, taking his core classes leading toward a major in law, with plans to pursue his masters in intelligence studies. His awards include: Sea Scout Quartermaster, Venturing Gold, and William T. Hornaday Silver and Bronze. His involvement in school has placed him positions of leadership in both sports and in academics.
Arriving in the nationís capital on Feb. 22, McElligott and the other Boy Scout delegates visited throughout the week with U.S. Cabinet, House, and Senate leadership, as well as the White House, CIA, Pentagon, and Supreme Court. The delegation also delivered this yearís report to Speaker of the House John Boehner.
Locally, the West Central Florida Council has contributed to the national report that will be shared through the delivery of a quality Scouting experience in Seminole and surrounding areas serving more than 1,575 local youth members in 2013. Specifically, West Central Florida Council had 87 new Eagle Scouts last year who contributed to more than 17,100 hours of service to the community through their projects; a part of 31,877 total hours contributed by the Councilís members during the year.
Additionally, 4,847 different merit badges were earned last year by members. The West Central Florida Councilís summer camp program has also experienced an increase in attendance by 28 percent in 2013.