The 17th annual Noblesville Mayor’s Breakfast for Scouting received $34,250 in pledged donations to help offset the costs of programming, supplies and equipment and training workshops and camps.
“One of the most well-known principles in Scouting is ‘Do a good turn daily.’ I thank all of you for doing your good turn by financially supporting Boy Scouts,” said Mark Boice, who filled in for Mayor John Ditslear who was unable to attend because of an illness. “What a wonderful thing you have done for Scouting this morning (Thursday). Thank you for all your generosity. You can leave here confidently knowing everyone has made a difference.”
In Hamilton County, there are now 100 Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops and Venture Crews. Almost 1,500 adult leaders volunteer their time and leadership to the more than 4,400 youth who participate in Hamilton County Scouting programs.
“Many leaders in our community are former Scouts, so by supporting Scouting today, we are truly investing in the future leaders of our city, state and country,” said Boice. “Scouting has reached and continues to reach many lives. It brings opportunities to build character and learn life skills.”
Steve Holt, Hamilton County Commissioner and longtime Boy Scout supporter, served as master of ceremonies for the event.
“The Boy Scout’s purpose is simple. It’s to build the character and integrity of America’s youth and prepare them to become responsible adults – adults who are leaders and adults who participate in society according to our Scout Oath and Law,” said Holt. “That Oath and Law are founded on trustworthiness, loyalty and bravery, and on values that put community and family first.”
In 2011, Noblesville and Cicero had 23 Boy Scouts achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.
“Between them, these newest Eagle Scouts donated more than 3,500 volunteer hours to help better our community,” said Boice. “It’s such an encouraging sign in today’s world when young people have the desire and dedication to use their talents to help others.”
Zac Cochran of Troop 105 was one of those that recently earned Scouting’s highest rank.
“One of the best leaders is a servant leader. This is the type of leader I tried to be during my Eagle Scout Project,” he said.
Scouting programs provide challenging adventures for boys from 7 years old all the way through high school students.
“We are prepared for anything and everything,” said Cochran. “Scout leaders need to be thanked for that. They are the ones who train us, the leaders of tomorrow.”
“It’s the best extracurricular activity I have done,” added Explorer Josh White of the Noblesville Police Dept.’s Exploring Post 130.
By Robert Herrington