It is vol­un­teer appre­ci­a­tion month and we are very grate­ful for all of you who ded­i­cate your time and tal­ents to Scout­ing. Scout­ing is blessed to have so many who care so pas­sion­ate­ly about its goals and val­ues. 

Address given by John Hovanesian, February 03, 2017
John A. Hov­ane­sian, Chair­man, Orange Coun­ty BSA and his children Joseph, Danny and Anni
John A. Hov­ane­sian, Chair­man, Orange Coun­ty BSA and his chil­dren Joseph, Dan­ny and Anni

What can a sin­gle vol­un­teer accom­plish?  Most of us think about our impact on a small scale, like what we accom­plish at a sin­gle meet­ing or on a week­end.  But have you ever stopped to think about the cumu­la­tive impact of a volunteer’s good deeds? 

I’ve got a den of of nine very can­tan­ker­ous Wolf Cubs and some­times I won­der what impact they’re going to have on the world apart from destroy­ing the church base­ment where we meet. But real­ly, one of them one day may go on to be a Sec­re­tary of State like Rex Tiller­son.

The inter­est­ing thing about vol­un­teer­ing is that we nev­er real­ly know what’s going to come of our young men and women when they grow up.  I did a lit­tle home­work and some math using real life data from Scout­ing vol­un­teers I know, and the results just might sur­prise you.”

Dr. John A. Hov­ane­sian, Chair­man, Orange Coun­ty BSA, shares some insights into his Scout­ing up- and down-line and the her­itage we all can leave through our vol­un­teer ser­vice. Lis­ten to his inspir­ing words in 7.5 minute video above to learn more!


Dr. John Hovanesian
Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America, Dr. John Hovanesian, M.D., is a seasoned Scouter and blogger who shares tips and tricks to help your family get the most out of your Scouting experience.

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