PLATTSBURGH - The Adirondack District of the Boy Scouts of America wants to ensure opportunities are available for youths to continue the tradition of Scouting for years to come.
As a means of raising funding for the organization and honoring its members, the Adirondack District will host its Good Scout Breakfast this Tuesday, June 9, at American Legion Post 20 on Quarry Road.
Event organizer Bernard C. Bassett said during challenging economic times it is more important than ever to ensure quality programs for young people remain available.
"These are difficult times to be a young person, and programs like Scouting are more important than ever in helping us shape the next generation of leaders," said Bassett. "The breakfast is an opportunity for the community to come out and show their support for a great organization and it's also good chance for the Scouts to see the community there supporting what they do."
The Adirondack District, which encompasses much of the region, has been experiencing "phenomenal success" reaching young people and "equipping them to be responsible, capable, active citizens," Bassett said in a recent letter seeking financial support for the Scouting program.
"Scouting is very important for young people, giving them positive adult role models and helping them learn activities that support their communities," said Bassett. "And, when we have a new president in Washington who is emphasizing volunteerism and public service, this is a program that teaches that to young people and also the adults in the program who give up a lot of their own personal time to be able to lead a troop."
"It's a core piece of a quality community," Bassett added.
The annual breakfast fundraiser gives the public the opportunity to learn more about Scouting and, at the same time, help provide necessary funding for programs and financial assistance to youths who might otherwise be unable to afford enrolling in such a worthwhile program, said Bassett.