Local Scout to Present National Report

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A Boy Scout from Northumberland County will be shaking hands with the Speaker of the House, members of Congress and maybe even President Barack Obama.

In a few days Boy Scout John Rehm heads to Washington D.C. to present the Boy Scouts' annual report to the nation.

Rehm is a freshman at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove. He said he enjoys his classes, but his true passion is scouting.

The 18 year old from Turbotville has been involved with the Boy Scouts since he was six years old.  Now he is an Eagle Scout and in December he received a huge honor.

"Each section has a youth representative which they sent down to Dallas, Texas. They elected a national chief, a vice chief and four regional chiefs. Out of 52 people they chose me to be national chief," Rehm explained.

As National Chief of the Boy Scouts of America, Rehm will travel almost every weekend. He said this weekend will be special. He and eight other scouts from across the country will go to Washington, D.C. to present the Boy Scouts' Annual Report to the Nation.

Rehm will personally hand the report to Speaker of the House John Boehner. He said he will also meet with members of Congress and possibly President Obama.

"I think we might go and see the Library of Congress, see the sights, meet some people," Rehm added.

Last year he helped renovate a cemetery in Turbotville as his Eagle Scout project. He said the Boy Scouts have helped him become who he is today.

"Scouting has really taught me to be a good citizen. Before I started I was quiet and shy. Now I'm a lot more outgoing," Rehm said.

Starting on Sunday, scouts will be blogging and sharing pictures of their D.C. experience.  You can find a link to that on our website, WNEP.com under Websites Mentioned on Newswatch 16.