Patriot’s Path Council of the Boy Scouts of America announced today that NASA Astronaut Lee M. Morin will serve as a keynote speaker at the 2015 Liberty Jamboree – where more than 5,000 Scouts from across the northeast will gather in Liberty State Park from October 2 - 4.

According to Patriots’ Path Council Scout Executive, CEO Dennis J. Kohl, “We are honored to have Dr. Morin speak, inspire and serve as a role model for our Scouts.”  Mr. Kohl noted that Dr. Morin’s presence will also support the emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) disciplines that will be featured at the Scout Jamboree.

Lee M. Morin (M.D., Ph.D., Captain US Navy, Retired) was selected as a NASA astronaut candidate in 1996 and took part in the 13th space mission of the shuttle Atlantis in 2002 as it traveled to the International Space Station. After the Atlantis mission, Dr. Morin served in the State Department as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Science, Space, and Health in the Bureau of Oceans, Environment, and Science. He is currently assigned to the Exploration Branch of the Johnson Space Center, where he is working on NASA’s newest spacecraft, the Crew Exploration Vehicle.

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In addition to serving as one the keynote speakers at the Saturday evening show, Dr. Morin plans to meet and interact directly with Scouts throughout the day. The Jamboree program is jam-packed with exhibits, hands-on activities and demonstrations involving more than organizations, companies and institutions of higher learning. For a complete program listing, go to www.libertyjamboree.ppbsa.org/program/

For a full biography on Dr. Morin: www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/morin.pdf. For additional information regarding the 2015 Liberty Jamboree visit www.libertyjamboree.ppbsa.org or contact Bill SanFilippo at (973) 765-9322 x227 or bill.sanfilippo@scouting.org.

About Patriots’ Path Council

The Patriots’ Path Council, Boy Scouts of America (Council #358), is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preparing young people to make ethical choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of good character, citizenship and personal fitness. Each year, the council serves more than 16,000 youth members and 5,000 leaders in the counties of Morris, Somerset, Sussex, Union and parts of Middlesex, New Jersey. Some 400 local organizations have a Cub Scout pack, Boy Scout troop, Venturing crew, Varsity team or Explorer post as a part of their service to youth.