Congressman GT Thompson Selected to Receive the
Distinguished Eagle Scout Award
The Juniata Valley Council is proud to announce the selection by a National Committee of Congressman Glenn W. (GT) Thompson as a Distinguished Eagle Scout. The Award will be presented at a special dinner in his honor on January 30, 2012 at the Ramada Inn and Conference Center in State College. Specific details will be announced next week.
GT” as he is better known, received the Eagle Scout Award on May 17, 1977 while a member of Boy Scout Troop 52 in Walker Township, Pennsylvania. A Vigil member of the Order of the Arrow, he served as Nittany Chapter’s Chief, Monaken Lodge #103’s Lodge Chief. As Chief, he was the driving force and fund raiser in the building of Rimmey Cabin – which sleeps 36 people. He also served as Program Director for Seven Mountains Scout Camp in 1980.
In 1977 Mr. Thompson became Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 353 chartered to the Howard (Pennsylvania) Area Lions Club. In 1980 he assumed the position of Scoutmaster for Troop 353 in Howard, a position he held until 1986 when he returned to the position of Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 353. In 1991 he became Active with his son Parker in Cub Scout Pack 353 as an Assistant Den Leader – a position held until 2002 when he became Pack Committee Chairman. He remained Pack Committee Chairman until 2006 when he began service in the Pack as a Committee member – a position he continues to hold today. He 1996 accepted the role of Scoutmaster again for Troop 353 - a position he retained until he was elected into Congress (December 2008). In January 2009 he became a Troop Committee Member for Troop 353 and continues to serve in that capacity today. Under his leadership the Troop qualified for the National Quality Troop and Centennial Quality Troop Award every year. His leadership and commitment to the young people in Howard is solely responsible for the Cub Scout Pack remaining active in Howard. Twenty-nine young men achieved the rank of Eagle Scout (four in 1980-1986 and twenty-five from 1996-2008) under GT’s leadership as Scoutmaster.
In addition to his role as Scoutmaster, “GT” has served as a member of the Council Camping Committee, and served on the Commissioner Staff, Council Training Committee, and has served on seven Woodbadge Courses, serving as Course Director for NE-IV-181 in 2005.
He joined the Juniata Valley Council Executive Board in 2005 as a member, Vice President of Operations, Senior Vice President in 2006 and from April 2007-April 2009 served as Council President where he led efforts to achieve two balanced operating budgets, Quality Council and implementation of a new governance model.
In July 2010, Congressman Thompson was a participant in our contingent for the Grand Centennial Parade and hosted the contingent of Scouts and their families from the Juniata Valley Council for a personal tour of the US Capitol and dinner, personally meeting with each of them. He also makes it a personal commitment to attend as many Eagle Scout and Girl Scout Gold Award ceremonies as possible throughout his Congressional district.
Eagle Scout Congressman Thompson has received numerous Scouting awards in Cub Scouting and Scouting including the Scoutmaster’s Key, Commissioner’s Key and Arrowhead Award, District Award of Merit (1984), the Silver Beaver Award (1986), and Good Scout Award (Distinguished Citizen). He is a Vigil Member of the Order of the Arrow and has received numerous Lodge Awards including the Founders Award and has completed his religious award of faith.
Congressman Thompson has been a community advocate and servant throughout his life. An active member of the United Church in Christ, Congressional Prayer Breakfast group, he has served as a leader within his church and as a member of the Outdoor Ministries Committee of the Penn Central Conference. He is a former member of the Bald Eagle Area School Board and is past vice-chair and member of the Executive Board for the Private Industry Council of the Central Corridor (PICC), a volunteer firefighter, with three decades of service including serving as a member, officer and President of the Howard Fire Company. He has received numerous awards from the Company. The Howard Fire Company volunteers we spoke with credits their new building to Congressman Thompson’s leadership in soliciting funds, speaking with community residents, and making it a priority in the community for a safer place to live.
Since 1983 he has been a member of the National and Pennsylvania Recreation and Parks Society, member, member of the Board of Directors, and Past President of the Board of Directors for the National Head Injury Association. He has also been an active member of Leadership Centre County, and member and Past Chairman of the Centre County Republican Committee where he led the re-organization of the Committee and streamlining its operations.
He has been an active Alum of Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) and has worked with various organizations.
Service in the United States Congress
As an example of Congressman Thompson’s commitment to Public Service, his community Region, and Nation the following are some of the key bill’s he has introduced:
· H.R. 1040, the Fairness in Medicare Bidding Act - to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to repeal the Medicare competitive acquisition program for durable medical equipment and prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS)
· H.R. 1832, the Service Members' Telemedicine and E-Health Portability (STEP) Act of 2011 - to expand the State licensure exception for certain health-care professionals, and for other purposes
· H.R. 2485, the All Children are Equal Act (ACE) Act - To amend, for certain fiscal years, the weighted child count used to determine targeted grant amounts and education finance incentive grant amounts for local educational agencies under title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.
· H.R. 3154, the Education for Tomorrow's Jobs Act.- ensure that the educational experience of students participating in such program is personalized through school-level strategies such as cohort scheduling, professional learning communities, and smaller learning communities
Service on House Committees
· Co-Chairman of the Congressional Healthcare Caucus
· Co-Chairman of the Career Technology Education Caucus
· House Committee on Education & Workforce
· Member of the House Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Education & Workforce Committees
Chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy & Forestry Committee
Member of the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources of the House Natural Resources
The Juniata Valley Council is proud to have Congressman Glenn W. "GT" Thompson as an active member, supporter and ambassador of the council and the Boy Scouts of America.