National Annual Meeting

Marriott Orlando World Center
May 24-26, 2017

An Invitation from the National Key 3

Fellow Scouters,

On behalf of the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America, we invite you to join us for the 2017 National Annual Meeting, May 24–26, at the Marriott Orlando World Center in Orlando, Florida.

As one of America’s premier cities, Orlando offers exciting events, warm hospitality, and venues that will allow us to make the most of this tremendous opportunity for Scouting fellowship.

Our goal in Scouting is to deliver life-changing experiences youth simply cannot get anywhere else. Your time in the meetings, exhibit hall, and activities will equip you for that mission. The 2017 BSA National Annual Meeting will include inspiring speakers, a huge exhibit hall, great fellowship and the latest updates and best practices in the areas of membership growth, fundraising, program, and more.

We hope you will join us for this gathering as we continue to build the adventure for our millions of youth, parents, and volunteers.

Charles W. Dahlquist, II
National Commissioner

Michael B. Surbaugh
Chief Scout Executive

Randall L. Stephenson
National President

Duty to God Breakfast

The Duty to God  Breakfast theme for this year is the sixth point  of the Scout Law, “A Scout is Kind.” Duty to God has been a tenet of Scouting since the very beginning of our organization in 1910. Today we highlight that principle in many ways, including celebrating and recognizing individuals who have earned their religious emblem awards, youth and adults alike.

The Duty to God Breakfast at this year’s National Annual Meeting promises to be an inspiring, enjoyable, and memorable celebration.


National Annual Business Meeting

BSA National President Randall Stephenson will preside as the nominating, resolutions, and treasurer reports are presented. Updates on key initiatives will be shared. This will be an action-packed general session with inspiring and useful information that will equip you as a key Scouter to provide leadership in 2017 and beyond.


Spark Sessions

You have an important role in Scouting—leading and developing the volunteers and staff in your council. Be prepared to do it well. By participating in Spark Sessions, you will gain the knowledge, skills, strategies, and solutions you are seeking as you grow Scouting in your council. These elective sessions will be offered as panel discussions with diverse perspectives from subject matter experts.


Americanism Breakfast

Always a highlight of the National Annual Meeting, the Americanism Breakfast will present the accomplishments of some of our most outstanding Eagle Scouts from this past year.

We’ll be showcasing the recipients of the two largest BSA scholarships, the national winner of the Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year award, and the Scouting Alumni Association’s National Alumnus of the Year.


National Silver Buffalo Recognition Dinner

You don’t want to miss the fun and fellowship at this closing event! The recipients of this year’s Silver Buffalo Award will be honored for their outstanding service to youth  at the 2017 National Silver Buffalo Recognition Dinner. Appropriate attire includes your choice of business dress, evening attire, or BSA dress uniform.