Fw: BSA commits to 200 Million Service Hours
Edward W. Hammitt (ehammitt@IX.NETCOM.COM)
Mon, 26 May 1997 22:30:26 -0400
> From: BILL NELSON <email@example.com>
> Newsgroups: rec.scouting.usa
> Subject: BSA committs to 200 Million Service Hours
> Date: Monday, May 26, 1997 8:45 PM
> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
> FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
> GREGORY K. SHIELDS (214) 443-7580
> BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA COMMIT TO
> 200 MILLION HOURS OF COMMUNITY SERVICE
> (IRVING, Texas) April 23, 1997 -- The Boy Scouts of America, the
> premier youth-serving organization in the country, has committed
> to 200 million hours of community service by its
> youth members in response to the Presidents' Summit for America's
> Future call to action.
> This will help fulfill one of the fundamental goals of the summit:
> "To provide youth with the
> opportunity to give back through community service."
> "Two hundred million hours is no small undertaking,"
> stated John W. Creighton, Jr. volunteer
> president of the BSA. "However community service is, and
> always has been, an integral part of
> the Scouting program."
> The commitment calls for the BSA's 4.4 million young people
> to provide an hour of public
> service per month for the next four years. Since Boy Scout
> activities require adult supervision
> (an average of one adult to three young people) this will also entail
> more than 60 million hours of
> adult volunteer work, which are not included in the 200 million
> hour commitment.
> "Our volunteer leaders are excellent role models, providing mentoring
> to the youth they serve," concluded Creighton.
> If calculated at minimum wage, the value of this volunteer service
> would be over $1 billion. A recent Harris poll of the values of
> men and boys in America shows that men who have been
> Scouts are more likely to assume leadership roles in community
> organizations, and place the needs of others before their own.
> In fact, the very organization itself was formed on the basis of
> community service. In 1909 American William Boyce was lost in a
> dense London fog. A boy approached and asked if he
> could be of help. The young man took Boyce to his destination,
> and refused a tip, explaining the Scout philosophy.
> Boyce had the Scout take him to meet with Lord Robert Baden-Powell,
> founder of the Scouting movement in Great Britain. Boyce
> was so impressed, he decided to bring Scouting to the United States.
> Today the Scout Slogan remains, "Do a good turn daily," and part
> of the Scout Oath is "to help other people at all times."
> Bill Nelson, Assistant District Commissioner, BSA
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