Utah is 'Eagle Scout State'

The headquarters of the Boy Scouts of America may be in Texas, but the "capital" of the BSA is in Utah.

That's what Utah Lt. Gov. Greg Bell said at what was believed to be the largest gathering of Scouts and leaders in the nation to celebrate American Scouting's centennial.

Some 2,500 Scouters gathered Thursday night in the Grand Ballroom of the Salt Palace Convention Center for a sold-out anniversary gala, sponsored by the Great Salt Lake Council of the BSA. It was truly the celebration of a century, amid an ocean of Scout uniforms.

"What a hoot! Look at this," Robert "Bob" Mazzuca, the chief Scout executive/CEO of the Boy Scouts of America from Irving, Texas, said in amazement as he looked at the huge audience as its keynote speaker.

For the fifth consecutive year, he said, the number of Eagle Scouts earned in the nation increased.

Of the record-high 52,470 Eagle Scout awards earned in the United States during 2009, 5,640 of them — almost 10.8 percent of the total — came from Utah.

"We did not make it less difficult," Mazzuca said. "Something is working out here."

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