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THE ISSUE: The Boy Scouts.
OUR OPINION: They deserve support.
The Boy Scouts program is one of the best youth development efforts ever launched in our country. The Boy Scout motto of “Be Prepared” sums up the organization’s philosophy — young citizens need to be prepared for whatever comes their way.
In Citrus County there are 328 young men who participate in Scouting programs and 160 volunteers who lend their time and talents to the organization. Scouting has helped so many boys develop into the leaders of our county and country.
But just like so many other organizations during these tough economic times, generating the revenue to keep the Scouting program going has been difficult. While there are costs associated with being a Boy Scout, the organization does not refuse to accept young people who cannot afford the dues. In fact, many of those who can’t afford the cost are the very ones who can most benefit from the training and preparation that Scouting offers.
According to local Scout leaders, this year’s fundraising project fell $8,000 short of its goal. It cost approximately $150 a year for Scouts to participate, so you can do the math and figure out how many young people that will affect. The United Way of Citrus County does support the Scouting program, but more help is needed.
While funds may be short, the interest in Scouting is not — so a new local unit is being formed to meet the growing demand.
Contributions are used to help low-income participants, but local dollars are also used to train the volunteers, develop programs and expand the units.
If you have had a Boy Scout experience or just want to help one of the best programs available in our county, we suggest you make a contribution to help the local organization. A contribution of $150 is enough to sponsor a single Boy Scout.
Individuals and community organizations can lend a hand.
It’s that simple. If you want to be involved you can send a check to The Boy Scouts, c/o the Citrus County Chronicle, 1624 N. Meadowcrest Blvd, Crystal River, FL,. 34429. We will make sure that the Scouts in need get the help.
If you are feeling really generous, you can actually help an entire Boy Scout unit by contributing a $1,000.
Any help would be appreciated by the Scouts. They’ve got important work to do.