Lifelong Boy Scout set to meet with President Obama
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
A Middle Tennessee Eagle Scout is set to meet with President Barack Obama next week in Washington DC.
Matt Brown, who has been a Boy Scout his entire life, became a member of the "Order of the Arrow," which is the scout's national honor society.
"I started the Cub Scout program when I was in first grade," he recalled.
Recently the 20-year-old Lipscomb University student was selected by his peers to be the National Chief of the Order of the Arrow.
"For people that aren't familiar with scouting, you can consider me as just the head youth representative and the face of the Boy Scouts," Brown explained.
Brown, who was voted into the position in December, will spend the year travelling across the United States representing the Boy Scouts.
"I do plan to be gone about 150 days out of the 365 this year," he said.
Next week, Brown will deliver the Report to the Nation to President Obama in the Oval Office.
"It hasn't totally sunk in yet, but it is something I am very excited about that not many of my peers can be able to say that they have been to the Oval Office," said Brown adding, "It is really exciting to know that I am meeting the leader of our nation."
During the trip, Brown will get a behind the scenes look at several locations, including Arlington National Cemetery.
"They are being very open with us and it is really something that not many other youth my age are getting to do and see," he said.
Brown will be in Washington DC February 23-28.
A delegation of scouts from across Tennessee will be in Nashville on Monday to present the Report of the State to Governor Bill Haslam and the Tennessee state legislature.