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Middle TN Eagle Scout To Meet President Obama

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by Aundrea Cline-Thomas

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - By the time most young men reach their sophomore year in college, their scouting days are long behind them.

"I joined the Cub Scout program as a kindergartner and have stayed active ever since," Matt Brown said.

But when Brown starts something, he finishes it and his goal is to be the best. This Eagle Scout is headed to Washington, D.C. to meet President Obama.

"I would say that meeting the President will be one of the most exciting moments in my life thus far," he said.

As the National Chief of the Scout's Honor Society, Brown will present the Boy Scout's 2013 Report to the Nation to the President next week.

"He represents the three million scouts nationwide. He's a leader. He's a natural born leader," Hugh Travis, Middle Tennessee Boy Scouts Council Executive said. "It's historic. You don't have an opportunity in a local council to have a delegate for the report to the nation. He's only our second in the history of our council."

"I've gotten all my uniforms ready, pressed and dry cleaned ready to go," Brown said. "(Because) that's what we'll be walking around in all day."

Brown's trip doesn't end with his visit to the Oval office, he'll also meet other congressional leaders including Rep. John Boehner, Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Harry Reid. Brown will have to miss four days of class at Lipscomb University.

"Hey an excuse letter from the President should go a long way when it comes to playing hooky from class," Brown said jokingly

He gets a pass for this once in a lifetime opportunity.

"I've been to DC before but never with this inside of a look," he said. Never with this much access to so many people and places."

The Boy Scouts of America is one of only a handful of national organizations chartered by Congress. It is required to present a report to the President that gives a status of the organization. However this year's report will not discuss the recent discussion concerning admitting gay scouts and leaders.

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