La Capitol President and CEO Michael Hooper was honored with the Outstanding Eagle Scout Award from the Istrouma Area Council of Boy Scouts. Hooper received the award during the Istrouma Area Council Recognition Reception on June 16 at Avondale Scout Reservation.
“I am honored to be a part of Scouting to help to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law,” Hooper said. “Scouting has been a big part of my life and that of my family. I love working with the Boy Scouts of America and locally with the scouts in the Istrouma Area Council.”
The award recognizes notable Eagle Scouts who have performed distinguished service at the local, state, or regional level. They also “have inspired others through their actions and have devoted a lifetime to their profession, avocation, community, and beliefs, at great sacrifice to themselves and their families,” according to the National Eagle Scout Association website.
Hooper earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 1979 from Troop 27 in Pride, La. His two sons are Eagle Scouts. He has volunteered with the Boy Scouts for years, most recently as the Council President. He continues to serve on the Council Board of Directors as Past President.
The Istrouma Area Council has 5,200 youth and 3,000 adult volunteers who contributed more than 2,900 hours of Community Service in 2020. Over the past two years, 193 youth in the council achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.