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  • Recognizing Robert Dick Douglas, Jr. the Longest Serving Eagle Scout in Boy Scout History—90 Years an Eagle

    by Representative Pete Sessions

    Posted on 2015-12-16

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    SESSIONS of texas in the house of representatives Wednesday, December 16, 2015 Mr. SESSIONS. Mr. Speaker, as a member of the Congressional Scouting Caucus, I rise today to honor Robert Dick Douglas, Jr., the longest serving Eagle Scout in Boy Scout History, who on December 8, 2015, celebrated 90 Years as an Eagle.

    Mr. Douglas joined the Boy Scouts July 23, 1923, on his 11th Birthday in Greensboro, NC, and earned his Eagle Award 2 years, 4 months and 15 days later, on December 8, 1925, at the age of 13 and has been active in Scouting ever since.

    He was recently an honored guest at the History of Scouting Trail (HOST) Annual Congressional Gala and quoted from memory what he called ``His Guiding Star'' almost 90 years after his Father, Judge Robert Dick Douglas, Sr., Chairman of the Greensboro Council Court of Honor, penned it as the winning essay for a local Community Chest Contest in 1926, to describe Scouting's goals in 50 words or less.

    ``Scouting safeguards your boy by proper companionship, guides him by adult leadership and develops him with a well-considered program of activities for the purpose of making him more reverent to God, more loyal to his country, more helpful to his fellow man and more useful to himself.'' Following these words, Robert Dick Douglas, Jr. has enjoyed unparalleled Scouting success and adventure traveling to the far reaches of Africa and Alaska in the late 1920's and early 1930's, writing three bestselling accounts, which helped pave the way for an exemplary life as an Attorney & Community Servant.

    As such, he recently received The Distinguished Eagle Scout Award (September 24, 2015) and 16 of my fellow Representatives who are Eagle Scouts joined together and signed a Special Letter of Congratulation to Mr. Douglas.

    I know they would wholeheartedly join me again today in recognizing this Historic Achievement--90 Years an Eagle Scout and the Longest Serving Eagle Scout in Boy Scout History.


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