Minute Maid Park To Host Gathering Of Eagle Scouts May 12
The Houston Astros’ Minute Maid Park will host Eagle Scouts of all ages May 12 during “The Gathering of Eagles 2009.”
The event begins at 6 p.m. and as many as 1,000 Eagle Scouts, including those from the West U area, are expected to attend.
Astros owner Drayton McLane, Jr., serves as a member of the national board of directors for the Boy Scouts of America. He said becoming an Eagle Scout was a rare achievement.
“Although (those who achieve the Eagle rank) are a small percentage of all men who were in Scouting, this is a sizable group of men in the Houston area who have achieved the rare accomplishment of Eagle Scout, and we are glad to be able to open one of Houston’s greatest venues to honor them,” McLane said.
Distinguished Eagle Scout and NASA astronaut Michael Fossum will be the keynote speaker. Other confirmed speakers for the event include Eagle Scouts Frank D. Tsuru, president and CEO of Momentum Energy and chairman of The Gathering of Eagles Association; Larry Kellner, president and CEO of Continental Airlines and a founding member of The Gathering of Eagles; the Rev. Monsignor Frank Rossi, Vicar General for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and pastor at St. Michael Church and Stan Stanley, council commissioner for the Boy Scouts of America.
Giff Nielsen, retired sports news director and Houston Oilers quarterback, will emcee the event.
Eagle Scouts living anywhere in the greater Houston area are encouraged to register online at www.thegatheringofeagles.org as soon as possible. The cost is $25 per attendee to help defray event expenses.
Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the program will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.
The Gathering of Eagles Association of the Sam Houston Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America launched an area-wide search for Eagle Scouts in the Houston area in October of 2006 for the continued recognition of the Eagles’ achievement. Participation in the event offers men who have graduated from the Scouting program the opportunity to stay connected, to network with other Eagle Scouts for professional and business benefit and to give back to Scouting.
Fewer than five percent of boys who take part in the Scouting program ever achieve the rank of Eagle, according to the Boy Scouts of America.