February is Scouting Anniversary month. To highlight the contributions that our units make in service to our community, Southwest Florida Council is also designating the month of February as ‘Community Service Month.’ All packs, troops, and crews are encouraged to participate. Following is the message shared by Greg Graham, Senior Executive, SWFC:
Journey to Excellence “Good Turn for America” Community Service Month – February 2017
America is a nation built on service. From barn raisings to soup kitchens, ordinary Americans have always made an extraordinary difference in the lives of their neighbors and in their communities by lending a helping hand. Today, America needs the service of its citizens more than ever. The Boy Scouts of America believes that we can do something about these issues if we work together. That’s why we’ve created the Journey to Excellence “Good Turn for America” Community Service Month. It is important for our community to know that Scouting is indeed about community service and for units and Scouts to be recognized for their accomplishments and service.
All units should plan on doing a community service project with the goal of each Scout doing a minimum of 1 1/2 to 3 hrs. of participation in a unit service project. A participation form (click here for the form now) will be sent to units in January at which time upon completion and recording their community service hours on JTE website and sending the form to the council office a special commemorative patch with a button loop (see image below) will be sent to all youth and adults who attain the minimum 1 1/2 hours. The participation form will also be available on the council website in January.
Scout Executive and C.E.O.
Southwest Florida Council
Boy Scouts of America
In Manatee District, we are also still promoting ‘Scouting for Food’ as one of the ways in which you and your youth can provide service to our community. The Food Bank of Manatee County (Meals on Wheels) provides food, meals, and other services to the large number of homeless, indigent, and elderly population in our area and the stock at the warehouse is historically lowest at this time of year.
Saturday, February 25th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., is scheduled as the drop-off day for food donations at the Meals on Wheels facility located just south of new U.S. 301 across from Tropicana. Units may choose the method of collection they prefer. Those units who wish to make arrangements to ask for donations outside of a particular establishment must contact the management for permission. To request one or more collection barrels, please contact Cindy Sloan (email@example.com).
The courtesy of a reply to this message (click here to reply to Mac Aldrich) is requested if your unit plans to participate in this effort so that Mrs. Sloan and I can be better prepared. Hot dogs, beverages, and snacks are also provided to those who show up on the delivery date.
Also, if your unit is unable to collect food, but would still like to make a contribution to this effort (and earn your service hours), we always need folks to assist with the sorting, boxing, and weighing of donations, so let me know if you are interested.
As always, thank you for all you do. And don’t forget that Sunday, February 5th, is designated as Scout Sunday. Plan to have your unit attend a church service that day, especially those units whose chartered partner is a religious institution.