National Annual Meeting

Manchester Grand Hyatt
San Diego, CA
May 25-27, 2016

A Message From the Chief Scout Executive

It’s Go Time!

It’s time to ramp up our efforts. In the way we teach. In the way we create life-changing experiences for youth. In the way we build leaders.

Watch the video of Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh inviting you to attend the 2016 National Annual Meeting in San Diego. You don’t want to miss this exciting opportunity!

Duty to God Breakfast

The Duty to God breakfast is a highlight of the National Annual Meeting. As in past years, this year’s breakfast will provide inspiring, entertaining, and unforgettable moments for all attendees. The theme for this year’s breakfast is “A Scout is Courteous,” one of the tenets of the Scout Law. A simple act of courtesy shows respect for others. In Scouting, courteous behavior can have a far-reaching impact on families and communities. Courteousness and thoughtfulness are attributes to which all people, especially Scouts, should aspire. A full program, featuring presentations of youth awards, will highlight the breakfast. Please join us for this exceptional event. Tickets to the breakfast are $50 and are available for purchase as space allows.


National Annual Business Meeting

BSA National President Dr. Robert M. Gates will preside over the annual business meeting. Dr. Gates will oversee the presentation of nominations, resolutions, and treasurer reports, and will share progress on key initiatives. This will be an action-packed general session with inspiring and useful information designed to assist key Scouters in providing leadership in 2016 and beyond.


Spark Sessions

Spark Sessions are interactive discussions designed to focus on the key issues important to Scouting. They are about serving more youth, recruitment and retention, building financially sustainable councils, delivering a safe program, sustainability, outdoor programs, and more. These are discussions about the things that matter. And maybe, a spark that gets things going.


Americanism Breakfast

Sponsored by the National Eagle Scout Association, the Americanism Breakfast is one of the National Annual Meeting’s most popular events. Come and hear about the accomplishments of some of our most outstanding Scouts, including the recipients of the two largest BSA scholarships and the national winner of the Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award. In addition, the Scouting Alumni Association will announce this year’s National Alumnus of the Year. The “warm-up” speaker and emcee will be Dave Jorgenson, Eagle Scout and Creative Content Producer at Independent Journal, and the keynote speaker will be Distinguished Eagle Scout George Coker, former U.S. Navy commander and prisoner of war in Hanoi, who is a Vigil member of the Order of the Arrow and a former Scoutmaster. Come be inspired by the impact Scouting has had on their lives. Tickets are $50 and are available for purchase as space allows.


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 2016 National Silver Buffalo Recognition Dinner. Entertainment highlights will focus on the cultural uniqueness and western charm of San Diego. Tickets are $85 per person and are available for purchase as space allows. Appropriate attire includes your choice of business dress, evening attire, or BSA dress uniform.