October 11, 1999
First Joint Recognition Ceremony
Of The Boy Scouts Of America
And The Congressional Award
This article and photos
courtesy of Becky Sheetz,
with the Congressional Award
Charles Taylor (C.T.) Hoskins and his
Bronze Congressional Award Medal
The Congressional Award's first joint
recognition ceremony with the Boy Scouts of America took place on Sunday, September 12,
1999 at First Baptist Church in Kernersville, NC, when Congressman Richard Burr presented
Charles Taylor (C.T.) Hoskins, 16 with the the Bronze
Congressional Award Medal for the good work he has done for the betterment of his
community and for the goals he has set for his own personal development. C.T. has
performed more than 100 hours of service to his community.
C.T.’s work exemplifies the
importance of service to others, initiative and achievement: the cornerstones of the
Congressional Award, the United States Congress’s recognition to young people. The
Congressional Award is open to all young people ages 14-23 in America. To earn the Award,
young people must set and achieve goals in the four program areas: volunteer public
service, personal development, physical fitness and expedition/exploration.
To fulfill the voluntary public
service component, C.T., an active Boy Scout, served the Old Hickory Council of Boy Scouts
of America and renovated the recreational property at First Baptist Church of
Kernersville. He enhanced his knowledge of water safety and lifesaving skills for personal
development, receiving his Red Cross lifeguard certification. He is currently employed as
a lifeguard. C.T. studied martial arts and self defense for physical fitness and organized
and executed an overnight backpacking camping trip.
He said of his experiences in the
Congressional Award program, "The activities have left me with a good self image. I
look forward to more volunteering." C.T. is an honor roll student at East Forlsy High
School. He is the son of Robert and Judy Hoskins. His advisor was Robert Stern.
The Congressional Award is
non-competitive. Recipients do not win the Award; they earn it. Bronze, Silver and Gold
medals are presented to all young people who meet the requirements, regardless of
physical, mental or socioeconomic circumstances. They must set challenging goals for the
betterment of themselves and their communities. The only other medal awarded by the United
States Congress is the Medal of Honor.
The Congressional Award program is a
nonpartisan partnership between Congress and the private sector. Appointed by the Joint
Leadership of Congress, a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of private sector
individuals and members of Congress implements the program on the national level.
The Congressional Award was
established in 1979 by Public Law 96-114, The Congressional Award Act. More than 6,500
Congressional Awards have been earned, representing well over 1.5 million volunteer hours
performed in community service across America. A public-private partnership, the
Congressional Award Foundation is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that
receives no federal dollars. To register to earn the Congressional Award, call 1-888-80-AWARD,
or visit the Congressional Award web
Editor's Note: For more information, photos,
and to read about the five previous 1999 Boy Scout recipients of this award, visit
SCOUTER's Congressional Award NetCompass Point.