SCOUTING SMOKE SIGNALS

GIRL SCOUTING – A GOOD INVESTMENT

(TAKEN FROM ‘BRIDGES’ A GIRL SCOUT NEWSLETTER)

 

According to a December 2002 article in WORTH magazine:

“We live in a nation of tremendous luxury, yet every three hours a child is killed by gunfire. Twelve million Americans kids live in poverty. A third of the women in the United States have been sexually assaulted. Around the world, 37 million people are refugees or have been displaced from their homes.

The facts are alarming. The good news is that we have the power to change them – with our words, with our actions, and perhaps most important, with our money.

To help people select the charities that ‘. . . are doing good work, will spend money wisely, and will do their best to change some of the grim facts of today’s world. WORTH selected the Top 100 Charities, requiring that ‘charities be national or international in scope, be non-political, and have a tract record of at least three years.”

It’s exciting that Girl Scouts of the USA was included as one of these Top 100 Charities. Our programs were cited because the magazine noted, Girl Scouting teaches 2.8 million girls skills and self-esteem. It’s research institute studies healthy girls’ development and provides policy information. And of every $100 donated to Girl Scouts of the USA, only $1 is used for fund-raising activities, only $9 is used for administrative expenses, and just $0.20 is held as future reserves.

“Girl Scouting truly is a good investment, and your donations at the local level are important to our ability to provide programming to more than 10,000 girls across Limberlost Council,” says Tammy Zonker-Jarosh, Assistant Executive Director/Development. “We value each dollar of support for its ability to bring Girl Scouting to girls of all ages, and we work to be good stewards of the resources so generously donated to us.”

 

THIS I BELIEVE

by Chris Mathes, Scout Executive, AWAC-BSA

As the Boy Scouts of America continues to serve youth in its 93rd year, I reflect on the importance of the Scout Oath and the fundamental principles of the Scout Law. Cook Loughheed, a good friend to the council and to me, once told me, “America would be great if all boys could be Scouts and if each of us lived our lives through the 12 points of the Scout Law.” I believe this to be true because Boy Scouts are taught to obey this code of conduct by being trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. If only we could persuade everyone to conduct themselves according to these standards.

The Scout Oath teaches youth to honor God and America, help people, and keep themselves healthy, strong, and pure. Directing Scouts about how to treat themselves and how to act toward others are life lessons from which mankind could learn.

Respected role models are essential for the development of positive values in youth. Scouting volunteers are dedicated people who are appreciated for their gifts of time, hard work, energy, and skills. Leaders influence Scouts through experiences, expectations, and aspirations and should be living examples of adults following the Scout Oath and Law. Let’s remember, as Benjamin Disraeli stated, “Youth is the trustee of posterity.” Through mentors, values and fun, Scouting is a family affair as parent and guardians strive to participate and be involved in the lives of youth. Do your best to invite a new family to join Scouting this year.

Notice: If you know of anyone interested in either ‘joining’ or ‘helping’ with a Boy Scout troop in the Waynedale area, contact Ray McCune at 747-4535. Leave your name and phone number and he will get back to you ASAP.

ATTENTION NAVY RESERVISTS – NAVY VETERANS – NAVY PERSONNEL – ALL SAILORS

THE SEA SCOUTS ARE STARTING UP IN ANTHONY WAYNE AREA COUNCIL!

The Anthony Wayne Area Council is interested in beginning a Sea Scout Unit. We will need interested adult leaders to get this going. If you are interested call Bill Wilcox at 260-833-3605 or e-mail him at wilcoxphoto@dmci.net.

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