By COLBY DENTON
The Cherokee Area Boy Scouts of America’s Ocoee District is holding its fourth annual Friends of Scouting Breakfast fundraiser on Thursday, Feb. 8, at First Baptist Church, to raise money to put …
The Cherokee Area Boy Scouts of America’s Ocoee District is holding its fourth annual Friends of Scouting Breakfast fundraiser on Thursday, Feb. 8, at First Baptist Church, to raise money to put back into the community and organization.
Ocoee Senior District Executive Phil Garrett II stated, “This is a fundraiser that we do every year. We have a speaker that will attend, and we are hoping to have around 100 to 150 attendants.”
Having served in his position for nearly four years, Garrett believes that the breakfast allows the Boy Scouts a wonderful opportunity to raise money for their organization.
“By having this event, which helps pay for our Boy Scout programs, we are not only fostering better leadership training for them, but also putting money back into our community through the community service events that we are able to do,” Garrett said.
The chosen speaker is Marcus D. Veazey, a former FBI agent and supervisor. Retiring from the FBI in 2013, Veazey now works as an investigative consultant for Unum.
The Ocoee District’s scouting highlights include more than 600 registered youth, over 350 adult volunteers serving as positive role models for the youth and more than 4,000 community service hours logged.
Garrett states that the breakfast’s fundraising goal is $64,000, with the funds being pooled back into Scouts who need uniforms, books and aiding those who need financial assistance to attend camps.
“The Boy Scouts have a very positive effect on Cleveland because we are raising these kids up to be model citizens. The more resources that we can give these kids so that they can have opportunities to participate, the better,” Garrett said. “I’ve never had to tell a kid that they can’t do Scouting due to financial reasons, and that is because we do such a great job of fundraising for them and their events.”
The Scouting “hierarchy” begins with Cub Scouts, who are ages K-5; next is Boy Scouts, who are sixth grade to 18 years of age; finally, Scouts can choose to participate in what’s called either Adventures or Exploring. Adventures is for scouts ages 13-21, and is service oriented. Exploring refers to ages 13-20, and is more career-centered by offering trips to job shadow or observe different careers in the community. Both Exploring and Adventures are co-ed options that also allow girls to participate in the same programs via their own, separate instructors.
At the present time, Cub Scouts accept girl recruits for the same program as the boys, but through a separate instructor. The same is on the horizon for the Boy Scouts’ age group.
“We want to cast our net to these kids and let them all know that they are welcome to come join us, and not to let financial issues prevent them from doing so,” Garrett said.
The Friends of Scouting Breakfast program begins at 7:30 a.m. on Feb. 8. at First Baptist. Doors will open at 7 a.m.
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