Scouting for Food
hilding holroyd (hilding@BLUESTONE.COM)
Tue, 17 Oct 1995 08:00:27 EDT
Good day to all ...
There are many US BSA Councils gearing up for the
Scouting for Food campaign. I'd thought I would
mention what is happening in Jersey Shore Council,
based in Toms River, New Jersey.
For those of you outside the US or not familiar with
it, the Scouting for Food campaign has been around for
quite a number of years (6 to 10?, anyone really
remember?). Local Boy Scouts distribute bags to areas
around where they live. The following week they go to the
same areas and collect the bags, hopefully full of non-
perishable food items. The best thing about the collection
is that all food that is collected stays in the area. This
was brought home to many of the Scouts in my troop when we
did a couple of Eagle projects at my church. We have a
coounty food bank there and there were some boxes proudly
displaying the Scouting for Food logo. It showed the
Scouts that the food really does stay in the area.
According to what we have been told (I assume it is not
just rumor), Jersey Shore Council has been the #1
Council in TONNAGE of food every year of the campaign.
Much of the success of our program is due to the major
support that we get from Ciba-Geigy, where all of the food
is collected and crated and Six Flags/Great Adventure.
Every year Six Flags hosts a kick-off rally to which
every Scout who comes in uniform and brings a couple of
non-perishable food items gets in to the park for free for the day.
(frankly, this is the only time that I go; see what happens
when you live in the same township?) The Scouts/Scouters are
allowed to bring in 3 guests (everyone bringing food). Not a bad
deal when Six Flags charges about $29.00 per person. Jersey Shore
Council holds the rally in the open arena for the hour before the
park opens to the general public.
Last year we added something new. I am a member of The Pipes and
Drums of the Atlantic Watch. I persuaded a couple of bagpipers
to attend and lead the parade of flags from the entrance gate to the
arena. We are playing again this year; but with a lot better turnout
from the band - hopefully about 20. A litle bit better noise than before.
If you live in the area, or happen to be passing through Jackson,
New Jersey on October 28, 1995 and can get to Six Flags/Great Adventure
(exit 7a on the NJ Turnpike and then exit 16 on Route 195) before
9:00 am, come and join the rally!
Good Scouting (for Food) to all,
Hilding W. Holroyd Advancement Chairman, Tr 250
Lakewood, NJ Jersey Shore Council
Eagle Class '68 Japeechen Lodge (Brotherhood)
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