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GREENVILLE - Several local men met Tuesday morning at A & B Coffee shop in downtown Greenville for the kickoff for the annual Darke County Friends of Scouting Campaign.

Friends of Scouting is an annual fund-raising event that gives Scouters and interested people in the community an opportunity to contribute to the financial support of the council. For the convenience of sustaining members, a pledge may be made and paid at specified intervals later in the year. Through Friends of Scouting, members can influence the expansion of the council program.

Those who attended were provided with the donor cards, instructions and contact information from Dan Wagner, district executive for the Miami Valley Council Boy Scouts of America, was on hand to distribute information.

“We reach into the community and family members,” said Wagner. “We want to make sure we provide training and camps.”

“Our goal is to have at least two team members for each village and 10 to 12 members to serve the Greenville area,” said Mike Henderson, who conducted the meeting, along with Wagner. “The more volunteers we have to assist the less work it will be.”

The Darke District Scouts contribute to such programs as scouting for food which supports local food pantries, Eagle Scout service projects, and assisting local organizations such as the local parks and municipalities along with so many other organizations.

Popcorn sales is Scouting’s largest fundraiser.

“It costs $223 for each Scout and it is asked that we make up $183,” Wagner said. “What is raised helps us keep camps running and activities going. We keep activities at a fairly low price.”

Scouts do share in the cost of camp, but if they had to pay the full cost of maintaining and operating camp, few would be able to afford to go, it was noted. May boys earn their way, but the fee only provides the things that he uses, such as food and some program items. The camp program and maintenance costs must be supplemented by council funds.

“The money goes for a support system,” Henderson added. “And, the council is generous in giving money back.”

The county-wide goal this year, according to Henderson, is $20,000.

According to Henderson, several donations have been received from corporations already in this year’s drive.

“There’s no gift that’s too small,” said Henderson, who works for Mote & Associates. “The Miami Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America positively impacts the lives of nearly 10,000 young people annually throughout the Miami Valley Area. Local Scouts and their leaders through their community service projects contribute many hours of their time to strengthen our Darke County communities. The character, education and leadership programs of the Boy Scouts are impacting lives for the good with improved self-esteem, good work ethic and stronger values.”

The Darke District Scouts contribute to such programs as Scouting For Food which supports local food pantries, Eagle Scout service projects, and assisting local organizations such as our local parks, and municipalities along with so many other organizations.

The Miami Valley Council has been serving this area for nearly 100 years and counts on the support of community leaders, corporations and others to continue its mission to positively impact the community.

“I know you most likely are aware of my passion for the value based program of the Boy Scouts of America,” Henderson said. “My participation began in our Miami Valley Council as a Cub Scout and as a Boy Scout (I am an Eagle Scout, have served as a Scoutmaster and have worked in the council in a variety of positions. I currently serve as a council board member and as vice president of Outdoor Adventure serving our properties and camping committees.”

Each year, Scouts pay a set fee that has been determined by the unit membership. Dues paid by Scouts helps Scouts “pay their own way” and covers basic unit items such as registration, Boy’s Life magazine, advancement awards and insignia of membership and office.

Those helping this year besides Henderson and Wagner are John Marchal of Marchal and Marchal; Wayne Deschambeau of Wayne HealthCare; Jon McGreevey of Greenville City Schools; Dave Kaiser of Littman Thomas Insurance; Ty Thacker of Greenville National Bank; Brian Woods of Greenville National Bank; Mike Snyder; Eric Fee of Braund-Pope Funeral Home; Greg Riffell of RJ Warner Insurance; H.B. Hole of Second National Bank; Jim Atchley of Ansonia Schools; and Layth Scantland of Ludy Greenhouse Manufacturing.

The local council is a geographic area where an executive board of volunteers conducts business affairs and administers the program. These administrative leaders build a budget to provide Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting and Venturing to youth in the area.

One-hundred-ten boys earned Scouting’s highest rank, the Eagle Scout Award this past year in the Miami Valley Council, while more than 250 Webelos earned the Arrow of Light, the highest award in Cub Scouting.

The Miami Valley Council serves nearly 10,000 young men and women annually, and more than 2,800 adults serve Scouting as positive role models for youth in the community. It was reported that more than 19,500 ours of community service are volunteered by Scouts and leaders annually.

Eight-hundred-fifty Boy Scouts annually attend camp at Woodland Trails Scout Reservation, the nationally accredited camp in Camden, and more than 3,4000 Cub Scouts attend resident camps, day camps and Cub parent weekends annually, while more than 5,000 campers stay at Woodland Trails Scout Reservation and Cricket Holler Scout Camp as part of a Pack Troop, or Crew.

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