Weatherford Democrat

March 6, 2014

Scouting for scouts

Local boy scouts hope to see growth in membership, fundraising in 2014


Weatherford Democrat

— By BRIAN SMITH

Red Steagall is a cowboy poet, singer and songwriter. He is also a former boy scout.

Steagall on Thursday told a crowd of about 200 what scouting taught him.

“Scouting taught me to read tracks and how to interact with nature,” Steagall said as keynote speaker of Thursday’s Weatherford Friends of Scouting Fundraising Luncheon at North Side Baptist Church, put on by the The Longhorn Council of the Boy Scouts of America. “It also taught me that I determine my destiny and I am the captain of my ship.”

Weatherford businessman and longtime scout John Park said the BSA is not only for boys. Girls are invited to join and take part in the Explorer program, which is for ages 14-20. Two female Explorers took part in presenting the colors during the 90-minute luncheon. Park said having females in the organization is one more reason behind the exciting times and new energy in scouting. Many scouts are active in their schools as class presidents and school leaders, he said.

Fundraising events benefit the organization on a number of levels, Park said.

“Being a member of the scouts costs $250 but we only charge $25,” Park said. “To raise the rest of the monies, we sell popcorn and offer camp cards and host fundraising events such as these.”

Park said growing membership in the area through marketing is paramount in 2014.

“We need support in the community whether it is through fundraising, or someone signing up to be a leader,” Park said. “Both of these are great ways to remind everyone how great scouting is.”

Event Chair John Forrest said scouting allows boys to have a sense of friendship and belong to something that can carry with them. He knew there was a need for fundraising when he, too, was asked as a kid by other children what the troop was doing.

For information on the council or how to join, visit www.longhorncouncil.org.