The local Scouts BSA community gathered this week to celebrate the values of great citizenship, and to honor several individuals for their service to others. At this year’s Good Scout Dinner, the Powhatan District honorees included Scouts from Reston, Herndon, and Chantilly and Former Director of National Intelligence, Lt. General James Clapper (Retired). Each of these individuals were recognized for their varied and unique contributions to our community, nation and world.
Honoree Jacob James (Reston Troop 124), organized a collection of clothing and other physical relief items for individuals in some of India’s most impoverished communities. Adit Kolli (Herndon Troop 1577) led the creation of a therapeutic sensory room for special needs students at Reston’s Armstrong Elementary School. William Legg (Chantilly Troop 160) organized and conducted a pet food drive for the Humane Society. John Foong (Herndon Troop 159) planned and organized an education campaign, and related activities, to raise awareness and help mitigate the detrimental impact of invasive plants on our local environment.
Adult honoree James Clapper reflected on his lifetime of service to our nation. In his remarks, General Clapper noted how wearing a Cub Scout uniform at an early age reinforced his personal sense of civic pride and responsibility. He also praised the significant contributions of the evening’s youth honorees. Scouting BSA’s local District Chair, Inge Gedo, reflected on the breadth and impact of Scouting’s activities in our community. The evening offered an opportunity to highlight the contributions of Scouts in our area.
Scouts BSA Troop 158 Colorguard, Ethan Meny, Dakota Meny, Christian Schopp, Ethan Dorn (left to right)
Left to Right: Jacob James (Reston Troop 124), William Legg (Chantilly Troop 160), John Foong (Herndon Troop 159), Adit Kolli (Herndon Troop 1577).
Adult honoree Lt. General James Clapper (center) with family of youth honoree Adit Kolli.
Scout Ethan Dorn during opening ceremony.