Thursday, July 1, 2010

Donate a Scout uniform, help build future leaders

I have mentioned before that I am a proud Eagle Scout and now have the privilege to serve as vice president of Urban Scouting on the Boy Scouts of America's Heart of America Council. I believe Boy Scouts provides a solid leadership training program, and I'd like it to be available to as many boys in Kansas City as possible, especially in the urban core. Our Urban Scouting commitee - and a cadre of KCPD officers who were or are involved in Boy Scouts - is working hard to reach these young men.

Unfortunately, many children who could really benefit from Scouting lack the most basic piece of equipment to get started: a uniform. The economic downturn has put a strain on families who would normally be able to afford these basic Scouting items for their sons. That's why we're collecting new or gently used Boy and Cub Scout uniforms at each of our six patrol division stations. New uniforms are available for purchase at the Scout Shop at 103rd and Holmes or Brant's on the Square in Liberty, Mo. Or if your Scout has simply outgrown his uniform but it's still in good shape, we'd love to have that, too.

If you can donate a uniform, you can start the journey of leadership and development for a Scout. Thanks so much for your support.

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