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Fundraiser supports Scouting in Henry

 

By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent 

  More than $72,000 was raised last week for local Scouting endeavors while one of Scouting’s biggest local supporters was honored.

Will Harper, Boy Scout, stands with Atlanta Motor Speedway president Ed Clark who was recently honored for his involvement with Scouting over the past 20 years.                          Special photo

  The purpose of the annual fundraising dinner at Eagle’s Landing Country Club was twofold, according to Jason Setser, district executive for the Flint River Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

  “One was to raise money for programs, camperships, and other costs of providing a quality Scouting program for the kids of Henry County,” he said. “The second reason was to honor a member of the community who exemplifies the values of Scouting – service above self being one of those.”

  Atlanta Motor Speedway president Ed Clark was this year’s honoree. Past recipients of this recognition include Buddy Welch, Tony Moye and Sheriff Keith McBrayer.

  “Ed Clark was perfect fit for this as he has also been involved in Scouting for the past 20 years as a board member, a Scout parent and a volunteer,” said Setser. “Speedway Children’s Charities has been an ally of ours as well.”

  Setser serves Scouting in Butts and Henry counties. His primary responsibilities are to recruit young people to participate, generate support from the community, raise money and support the organization’s volunteers.

  About 1,500 young people in Henry County were involved in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts at the end of 2013, Setser said. That number includes some girls in co-adventuring programs.

  “We have 44 units in the county, including Cub Scout troops, Boy Scout troops, fire posts and crews,” said Setser. “That encompasses nearly 600 volunteers in Henry County, from committee chairs and district-level people to troop leaders and every other level.”

  Noting that it takes about $150 per Scout to operate the quality program provided by the Flint River Council, Setser is continuing the campaign with a goal of raising $80,000.

  Other funds are raised all year long through camp fees and special events like an annual golf tournament.

  “The community plays a huge role in supporting the Scouting program. Scouting is the community,” said Setser. “We feel that Scouts who go through this program will become better parents, more likely to be civic servants.

  “Several prominent government and business leaders in Henry County were Eagle Scouts. That is the investment being made in these young men, and this is how it gets paid back. It’s what we call an investment in character.”

  The web site for the local district is www.flintrivercouncil.org. Interested families can also find out more about Scouting at www.beascout.org.

 

 

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