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Student selected for Boy Scouts of America D.C. delegation

February 26, 2014
by Bryony Wardell

Eagle Scout and Colorado State University student Nick Dannemiller received a once-in-a-lifetime honor to represent the Boy Scouts of America as part of a nine-member national delegation presenting to top officials in Washington, D.C. this month.

Nick DannemillerCongressional leaders

On Monday, Feb. 24 Dannemiller presented the Boy Scouts of America’s Annual Report to the Nation to Speaker of the House John Boehner and other Congressional leaders, such as majority and minority leaders, the joint chiefs of staff, the director of the CIA, the secretary of defense, secretary of agriculture and others.

The Report is designated in the BSA’s congressional charter and will highlight achievements in 2013, including one of the largest volunteer partnerships with the U.S. Forest Service where 5,000 Scouts helped five national forests. Before presenting the report, the Scouts embark on an incredible week that includes scheduled visits to the Pentagon, the White House, CIA, Arlington National Cemetery, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Dannemiller was selected for this honor due to his many accomplishments, including earning his Eagle and being elected as Chief of the BSA National Order of the Arrow honor society - a position in which he travels the country to represents more than 300,000 boy scouts at speaking events, fundraisers, and meetings.

Dannemiller reacts after being elected national chief of the Order of the Arrow at the 2013 National Planning Meeting in Westlake, TX Dec. 27, 2013.Passion for wildlife and nature

Dannemiller is a sophomore honors student at Colorado State University and is studying wildlife biology in the Dept. of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at CSU's Warner College of Natural Resources. After graduation, he plans to go on to veterinary school to pursue his dreams of being a wildlife veterinarian.

Dannemiller credits the Boy Scouts with his love for wildlife and the great outdoors. Originally from Tualatin, Ore., he came to CSU because of the reputation of the wildlife biology program as one of the best in the nation.

He joined BSA at the age of six as a Tiger Cub and has participated in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts since then. He is an Eagle Scout, a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow, and a member of the James E. West Fellowship. 

Peronal development

"The Boy Scouts is a great organization for building outdoor skills and an appreciation for nature, but it is also great for personal development, financial responsibility, and becoming a good citizen," said Dannemiller.

Dannemiller will continue touring the country throughout his term as Order of the Arrow Chief, and will complete his BSA career in 2015.