Ten scouting delegates from across the nation, including one Cub Scout, six Boy Scouts, one Sea Scout, one
Venturer and one Explorer, recently met with President Obama, who as U.S. president also serves as the Boy
Scouts of America’s (BSA) honorary president, and senior government leaders in Washington, DC to present the
2015 BSA Annual Report to the Nation. During the Scouts' meeting with the U.S. Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy,
NCPIE, represented by NCPIE Chair, Elizabeth Keyes, R.Ph., American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and Ray
Bullman, Executive Vice President, and the BSA were presented with a Be MedWise Award letter of commendation
from Rear Admiral Pamela Schweitzer, Assistant
Surgeon General and Chief Professional Officer, Pharmacy. BSA and NCPIE collaborated on development of the
online ScoutStrong Be MedWise Award introduced in October 2015 during NCPIE’s annual “Talk About Your
The Be MedWise Award
is designed to complement
existing Boy Scouting and Venturing programming. This award’s curriculum consists of four online lessons. The
program is self-paced, which allows the unit leader to determine how quickly it is completed. Upon completion of
the SCOUTStrong Be MedWise curriculum, youth will be able to do the following:
• Understand what prescription and OTC medicines are, and the ways they are the same and different.
• Learn how to use medicines safely.
• Know what’s on the Drug Facts label.
The Be MedWise Award is part of the Boy Scouts of America
SCOUTStrong Healthy Living Initiative.
This Initiative integrates active lifestyles, healthy eating and emotional
fitness into everything that the Boy Scouts of America does through alliances, campaigns, and updated programs.