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Washington, D.C., April 17, 2012 - Local business leaders Gerald Sigal and Robert K. Tanenbaum were recognized for their industry leadership and dedication to the youth of the greater DC metro area  by National Capital Area Council (NCAC), Boy Scouts of America (BSA) at the Character Under Construction reception held tonight at the District Architecture Center in Washington, D.C..

Gerald Sigal, owner and founder of SIGAL Construction, joined the Boy Scouts as a youth in Brooklyn, NY. As he says, "Scouting taught me life lessons that I still use every day – like leadership, teamwork and responsibility to the environment – that have become the guiding principles for my work and my company." He founded SIGAL in 1977, and today it is consistently ranked amongst the Top 10 General Contractors throughout the Washington Metropolitan area by Washington Business Journal.

Robert Tanenbaum is a principal of Lerner Enterprises, the largest private real estate developer in the Washington, D.C. area, and a principal owner of the Washington Nationals. "I’ve always been proud of my experiences in Scouting," said Tanenbaum, an Eagle Scout. "I made and maintained some extraordinary friendships, and I learned both how to do a lot of things – and perhaps, more importantly – to believe that, if I persevered and used common sense, I could figure out how to do many things."

The "Good Scout" awards recognize local leaders who exemplify the values of the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. According to NCAC Scout Executive Les Baron, "Bob and Gerry exhibit through their leadership that the values we teach are foundational elements for becoming a successful, positive, contributing member of society. They are excellent role models for our youth, demonstrating where perseverance and innovation can take you."

About National Capital Area Council

National Capital Area Council (NCAC) was organized in 1911 and today stands as one of the oldest and largest councils in America. The council territory includes the District of Columbia; Frederick, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland; and in Virginia the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William, Loudoun, Fauquier, Spotsylvania, Caroline, King George, Stafford and Culpeper as well as the independent cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, Manassas, Manassas Park and Fredericksburg.  As 2011 drew to a close, traditional membership totaled 51,487 youth - plus another 5,009 youth enrolled in Learning for Life - for a total youth membership of 56,496.  The highly respected rank of Eagle Scout was attained by 1,263 Scouts last year while 21,157 adult volunteers are registered this year to provide leadership for 1,664 traditional units (packs, troops, teams, crews, ships), 13 Learning for Life programs and 46 Explorer posts.

About Boy Scouts of America

The Boy Scouts of America provides the nation's foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, which helps young people be "Prepared. For Life.™" The Scouting organization is composed of 2.7 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 21 and more than a million volunteers in local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit

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