Secretary Richard W. Riley Honored by The Blue Ridge Council with the Good Scout Award

The Blue Ridge Council honors Secretary Richard Riley with the Good Scout Award at annual fundraising banquet.

Richard W. Riley

Greenville, SC, March 8th – The honorable Richard W. Riley was recognized this past Tuesday with the Good Scout Award at the Blue Ridge Council Patron Fundraising Dinner. This annual event benefitting Upstate Scouting programs honors outstanding members and leaders of the community within the Blue Ridge Council. Nearly 250 guests attended this evening of fellowship to show their respects to Secretary Riley. Thanks to the generosity of these supporters over $200,000 was raised to benefit Scouting.

Secretary Riley is the first two-term Governor of South Carolina and the longest serving U.S. Secretary of Education. Over his career he has helped to initiate the Education Improvement Act, launch historic initiatives to raise academic standards, provide after-school enrichment, expand grant programs, and improve the quality of teaching. He currently serves on several education entities including his alma mater, Furman University.

Although he never reached the rank of Eagle, Secretary Riley has been a long-time supporter of Scouting in the community. He has attended many summers at Camp Old Indian Scout Reservation as a member of Troop 19 and was awarded the highest award a BSA Council can bestow to a volunteer, the Silver Beaver Award. In 2018, Riley was presented with an honorary Civics merit badge for his services; which surprisingly is one of the merit badges he was unable to attain in his Scouting youth.

The Good Scout Award recognizes community leaders whose lives have had a positive impact of the youth of our community and who exemplify the values expressed in the Scout Oath and the Scout Law.

The Blue Ridge Council, Boy Scouts of America provides Scouting programs to upwards of 7,000 youth in eight counties of the Upstate of South Carolina. (Abbeville, Anderson, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, Newberry, Oconee, & Pickens).

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