Local scout meets Trump


WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Lumberton Boy Scout was among a group of scouts who had the opportunity of a lifetime on Tuesday — to meet the president of the United States.

A video link from scoutingmagazine.org shows Ron King of Lumberton and other scouts talking about their meeting with President Donald Trump.

“He asked me the question, ‘what do you want to be when you grow up? I said ‘I would like to run for the president of the United States and he said, ‘I would not want to run against that guy,’” King said.

King said it was a dream come true for him.

“I had always wanted to go to the White House and I had always wanted to meet the president face to face so it was kind of like a fulfillment of those for me to do both of those at the same time,” King said. “It was amazing.”

On Tuesday, one Cub Scout, one Explorer, one Sea Scout, two Venturers and five Boy Scouts visited the White House to present the Boy Scouts of America’s Report to the Nation to President Donald Trump, according to Bryan Wendell, who authored the blog.

The report summarizes the BSA’s many accomplishments from the previous year, and presenting it to the president is a tradition that dates back to the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Wendell said.

King, a member of Troop 301 in Lumberton, was selected for the event because of the leadership he showed during flooding in Lumberton after Hurricane Matthew. He rallied his fellow scouts to volunteer their time to help feed and attend to people who were displaced by the flooding.

King’s parents are Timothy Lamar King and Betty Owens King; and he has a brother Nathan, and a sister, Bridgette Hayes, of Marion, S.C. His grandparents are Ronald and the late Bonnie Owens, of Lumberton; and Leslie and June Rae King, of Lake View, S.C.

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