Contact: Philip Seibert
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SCOUTING FOR FOOD HELPS LOCAL FOOD BANKS
(Calhoun, TN, February 12, 2005) — A Cub Scout promises to "give good will" and a Boy Scout promises "to help other people at all times." Troops and Packs from all over the Unaka District showed their Scouting spirit by participating in the annual Scouting For Food drive. The Scouting for Food initiative is a part of the Boy Scouts of America’s “Good Turn for America” program.
Since 1910, the ideals of Scouting have guided young men to perform "service to others and to the community." Responding to the plight of America's poor and hungry is a traditional Scouting "good turn." During World War I, Boy Scouts planted vegetable gardens to provide food for the hungry. President Roosevelt called on Scouts to collect food for the needy during the Great Depression. Planting Victory Gardens were the Scouting "good turns" organized during World War II. Today, Boy Scouts continue their Good Turn efforts in community stewardship through Scouting for Food.
Across the country, nearly 4 million Scouts and adult leaders distributed, then collected bags of food for their local community food banks. The bags contained instructions to leave the donations on the porch or by the mailbox for collection on a specific date. The Scouts then return to collect and transport the donated food to a local food bank or charity.
By all estimations, this year’s endeavor was a huge success. According to Drew Holland, the District Executive for Scouting in the area, local packs and troops collected in excess of 2000 non-perishable food items on Saturday. Holland added, “That number will increase as more Troops and Packs continue the effort and reports make their way up the chain.”
All of the Scouts want to thank the generous citizens of McMinn, Meigs and Monroe counties for their donations. “This really makes us proud to be a part of this community. The people of east Tennessee continue to step up to the plate when folks are in need. ” said Phil Seibert, a Scout Leader with Cub Scout Pack 616 in Calhoun. Seibert adds, “On behalf of all the Scouts and adult leaders we’d like to say a big Thank You to the citizens of our area for their generosity and continued support of Scouting programs.”
The Boy Scouts of America is the nation's foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. The purpose of the Boy Scouts of America—incorporated on February 8, 1910, and chartered by Congress in 1916—is to provide an educational program for boys and young adults to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and to develop personal fitness.
Cub Scouting is open to all boys ages 6-10. Boy Scouting is open to all boys ages 11-17. Cub Scout packs and Boy Scout Troops meet throughout the year in local neighborhoods, providing a safe, structured way to learn skills and to just have fun. McMinn, Meigs, and Monroe counties make up the Unaka District of the Great Smokey Mountains Council. Boys interested in joining Scouting should contact Drew Holland at (865) 588-6514 or Leona Layman at (423) 745-9307.