Posted on 22 May 2006 by Editor
Boy Scouts from the Jackson District helped raise over $76,000 last Saturday, all by auctioning Elk Antlers. What started as a fundraiser for the Boy Scouts has turned into a Service Project and Community Festival.
Eighty percent of the auction revenue is donated to the Elk Refuge, which uses the money to sustain the herd over the winter months. The Scouts have a close partnership with the Refuge and volunteer almost year round preparing for the auction. Volunteers collect the antlers, and then prepare them for auction by matching, weighing and bundling them. The Auction is the highlight of the activities attracting over 125 registered bidders.
Over the years the auction has attracted craftsman and other Vendors wishing to cater to the bidders. Now the Rotary Club sponsors a vendor booth area on the square, and a Old Timer’s Picnic Dinner has been established. The Scouts also use the publicity to promote Boy Scouts, holding their annual Expo at the same time.
Posted on 20 May 2006 by Editor
Boy Scouts of America Encourages Activity During National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
Today’s youth are considered the most inactive generation in history, leading to increasing rates of childhood obesity . As part of its ongoing Good Turn for America initiative the Boy Scouts of America, one of the nation’s leading youth organizations, is recognizing National Physical Fitness and Sports Month by educating youth on fitness through initiatives like the BSA Physical Fitness Award. The award is a national program of emphasis designed to heighten fitness awareness and to help change the lifestyles of American youth regarding exercise and healthy diet.
For nearly a century, the BSA has been known for fostering an environment of physical fitness for American youth. All Boy Scouts take an oath that “On my honor I will … keep myself physically strong.” The BSA Physical Fitness Award was developed to encourage the development of attitudes, knowledge, and skills that promote fitness and safe conduct; lay a skill, knowledge, and attitude foundation of the seven major components of fitness; and improve health, fitness, and quality of life through daily physical activity.