Area Boy Scouts are banning together to help their fellow Scouts by putting their outgrown uniforms to good use. The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and A Cleaner World have teamed up for the “Outfit a Scout” program to help distribute used uniforms to Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts in need.
From August 17 through October 3, A Cleaner World is accepting used Scout uniforms shirts, shorts and pants as well as belts, socks and neckerchiefs at any one of its 26 participating locations throughout the state. A Cleaner World will clean and press the uniforms, which then will be distributed by participating BSA councils to lower-income Scouts who might not otherwise be able to afford uniforms.
“The Boy Scout Law teaches a Scout to be loyal, helpful, friendly and kind, among other things. The ‘Outfit a Scout’ program is a great way for Scouts to give back to those who otherwise would not be able to afford a uniform and reinforces the value of what it means to be a Scout,” said John Meeks, executive director for the Old North State Council (ONSC) of the Boy Scouts of America. “We are grateful for the invaluable assistance of A Cleaner World, and we hope that many Scout parents will take advantage of this opportunity to empty their closets and help fellow Scouts in need.”
“We are honored to assist the Boy Scouts through the ‘Outfit a Scout’ program,” said Chris Edwards, president of A Cleaner World. “It is a natural fit for us, and A Cleaner World and its employees are excited about this unique opportunity to help the Scouts and give back to our community. Remember, ‘Don’t throw it out — outfit a Scout’.”
The timing for this program is integral, as the fall is the Scouts highest enrolment period. Scout uniforms promote belonging and unity within the pack or troop so no donation is too small, it could make the difference in a child’s life. Uniforms of any recent vintage will be accepted.
If you know a child who is interested in Scouting, please visit www.scouting.org to locate a nearby council.
The Outfit a Scout campaign was started by the ONSC in 2006 and has grown to include the Old Hickory Council. For more information on Outfit a Scout, please contact the Old North State Council, 336-378-9166, the Old Hickory Council, 336-760-2900, or Mark Founds, Trone®, at 336-812-2048. To find A Cleaner World location nearby, please visit www.acleanerworld.com.
About the Boy Scouts of America
Serving nearly 4.7 million young people between 7 and 20 years of age with more than 300 councils throughout the United States and its territories, the Boy Scouts of America is the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.scouting.org.
About Old Hickory Council
The Old Hickory Council, headquartered in Winston-Salem, covers eight counties in northwest North Carolina, including Ashe, Alleghany, Forsyth, Stokes, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yadkin counties. The council serves over 10,000 young people annually in the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Venturing and Learning for Life programs. For more information, please visit www.oldhickorycouncil.org.
About Old North State Council
The Old North State Council, headquartered in Greensboro, N.C., covers an eight-county area, including Alamance, Caswell, Davie, Davidson, Guilford, Person, Randolph and Rockingham counties. The council serves over 10,000 young people annually in the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Venturing and Learning for Life programs. For more information, please visit www.bsaonsc.org.
About A Cleaner World
A Cleaner World was founded in High Point in 1969. Today the company operates 40 locations throughout North Carolina and Virginia. High Point is the home of A Cleaner World’s corporate headquarters, and they employ approximately 425 people.