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January 18, 2013

Please support our young people

Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts in fundraising campaigns

— Two of our nation’s elite organizations are asking area residents for financial support so they can continue rich and rewarding traditions that have survived and thrived more than a century each.

We’re referring, of course, to the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

We urge all who can to help the Scouts, even if it’s only a few of your hard-earned dollars.

The Laurel Highlands Council, Boy Scouts of America, has set a $115,000 goal for 2013, the same as last year’s.  

“We are excited about the campaign and the enthusiastic support we are receiving from the community,” said Dr. David Carlson, campaign chairman. Carlson is Conemaugh Health System’s chief medical officer.

The council also expects to raise much-needed funding through its annual Harry E. Mangle Memorial Dinner on Feb. 28 at the downtown Pasquerilla Conference Center.

Last week, it announced that the keynote speaker will be popular Pittsburgh Steelers backup quarterback Charlie Batch.

Also noted was that Scott Becker, Conemaugh’s CEO, will receive the Distinguished Citizen Award.

We congratulate Mr. Becker for his well-deserved honor.

Information and reservations for the dinner are available at 471-1090.

Meanwhile, enthusiastic top officers of Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania visited with our editorial board this week to tout organizational changes they say have paid dividends.

“We are growing (14 percent) despite seeing a decline in girl population of 8 percent,” said Angie Stengel, the council’s chief operations officer.

Few groups today can point to growing memberships, and with so much competition today for girls’ and young women’s attention, the Scouts’ growth is particularly noteworthy.

The organization has 36,000 members and 6,000 adult volunteers throughout 27 counties in western Pennsylvania.

As expected, the Scout leaders also used their time in Johnstown to drum up support for cookie sales, the group’s largest fundraiser.

“The cookie sales are used to teach girls financial literacy and entrepreneurship skills of goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics,” Stengel said.

Many troops use the proceeds from sales for events, camps and travel opportunities.

We wish Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts success in their fundraising efforts.

We can’t imagine two organizations more worthy of your support.

 

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