Congressman Collins Joins Scouts at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site’s Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge Day
Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) met with Boy Scouts over the weekend at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site for its Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge Day program. Amongst the requirements for a Citizenship in the Nation merit badge, a Scout must be able to discuss the three branches of government, discuss how each branch functions, and discuss the importance of checks and balances. To help Scouts meet this requirement, Congressman Collins was asked to discuss how he recently secured desperately needed federal funds on behalf of the Site.
Since the spring of 2015, the Site has worked in coordination with the Greater Niagara Frontier Council (GNFC) of Boy Scouts of America to provide local Scouts with an opportunity to earn Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, American Heritage, and Public Speaking merit badges.
“Scouting gives our nation’s youth an opportunity to develop their qualities of leadership, serve their fellow neighbors, and help their communities grow stronger,” said Congressman Collins. “It was a great privilege to have a chance to speak to Scouts about my role as a Member of Congress, their rights as Americans, and what it means to be a good citizen. The TR Site’s five merit badge programs have helped over 200 Scouts understand the importance of good citizenship and I know their work will go a long way in shaping the next generation of leaders here in Western New York.”
Congressman Collins also spoke to Scouts about his role as a Member of Congress and how he is able to help local organizations navigate federal regulations or policies. After federal regulations caused the Site’s annual allocation from the National Park Service to be withheld, Congressman Collins was able to work with the U.S. Department of Interior to ensure these funds were swiftly released so the Site’s operations went uninterrupted. In addition to the Scout program, the Site formally recognized Congressman Collins for his efforts and for his continued support of the Site in Congress.
“Earlier this summer, the TR Inaugural Site found itself in a challenging position in relation to its annual allocation from the National Park Service,” said Stanton Hudson, Executive Director of the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site. “With a new administration in Washington, new regulations were promulgated that had the effect of temporarily holding up the Site’s funding for the Department of the Interior. Thanks to the swift intercession by Congressman Chris Collins and his staff, funds were released within a matter of days so that we were able to continue our work and prevent operations from being disrupted.”
“When a scenario similar to the one the TR Site recently found itself in occurs, both my staff and I will contact the appropriate agency, department, or branch of government to advocate our position and work towards a timely resolution,” said Collins. “As a Member of Congress I have a responsibility to ensure policies and regulations that are enacted at the federal level have a positive impact on the quality of life here in New York’s 27th Congressional District, and I was glad that we were able to work with the Department of the Interior on behalf of the TR Site to secure this desperately needed funding.”
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