WATERBURY -- The Green Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America, kicked off its statewide youth and parent membership recruitment effort to invite boys to join Scouting.
The campaign will run through the months of September and October, but a boy can join at any time of the year. Any boy in grades 1 through 5 is invited to join a local Cub Scout pack in their community. Boys 11 to 17 years old are invited to join a Boy Scout troop. Information flyers and posters are being distributed throughout the communities during the month of September.
For information on how to get a boy involved in a Scouting unit go to BeAScout.org, or contact the Scout Service Center in Waterbury at 802-244-5189.
Locally, Cub Scouts include: Pack 0447, First Congregational Church, 880 Western Ave., West Brattleboro, Michelle Roy, 802-579-1460; Pack 0412, Vernon Recreation Dept.; Pack 0299, Walpole (N.H.) Fire Dept., Trevor MacLachlan; Pack 0401, Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 527, Bellows Falls, Amanda Mae Desmarais.
Local Boy Scouts include: Troop 0405, American Legion Post No. 5, Brattleboro, Peter Massari; Troop 0496, Hinsdale (N.H.) Lions Club, Daniel Webster Council, 603-625-6431; Troop 0286, Spofford (N.H.) Fire Department, Gary Winn; Troop 0428, Blazing Star Lodge No. 23 F & AM, Newfane, David Liebow; Troop 0461, West Dover Congregational Church, Wilmington; Troop 0299, Walpole Fire Department, Louis Kaletsky; Troop 0401 B.P.O.E. and Bellows Falls Moose Lodge, Bellows Falls, Peter Brown.
For over 100 years, Scouting has provided an opportunity for youth to become involved in a program that teaches strong positive moral and ethical values, citizenship involvement and responsibility, and personal fitness in an environment that is family centered and fun for everyone. Scouting has been defined as "fun with a purpose."
Scouting provides opportunities for boys to experience one day, weekend, or week long camping programs, learn and explore their community, emergency preparedness, first aid, how to swim, teamwork, good sportsmanship, nature study, environmental awareness, and more.
Scouting is a great way to get a boy involved with boys of the same age in a program that has something for everyone, regardless of athletic ability, social, economic or ethnic background, and is a program that has lasting values for the rest of his life.
The skills learned in Scouting stay with the person through their adult life, and many times those adults give back to the community from what they learned and experienced.
Finally, Scouting is a year round program and is always there for boys to return to who are involved in one or more seasonal sports. Scouting does not compete with other youth organizations; it works in harmony with them and the adult leaders of those organizations.