For more than two decades, Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear has shown his appreciation for the Boy Scouts of American by hosting the annual Mayor’s Breakfast for Scouting each February.
Breaking fundraising records the past several years, Ditslear’s last Boy Scout breakfast ended on a high note – raising a record $63,500 for local Scout troops at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds. Funds will be used for Scout programming, supplies and equipment and training workshops and camps. In the event’s 24-year history, a total of $738,500 has been raised.
“The Noblesville community is committed to giving young people the tools and experiences, and the knowledge and faith, to make the world a better place,” Ditslear said. “By supporting Scouting, we are investing in the future leaders of our city, state and country. We are empowering young people with life skills to be prepared for whatever challenges they may face.”
Retired Hamilton County Judge Steve Nation served as chairman.
“President Ronald Reagan told us that freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction, and that’s why Boy Scouts are so important,” Nation said. “It prepares our children with the responsibilities of citizenship and instructs them on how to be an American.”
Ditslear was recognized with the Good Scout Award and was presented his old Boy Scout uniform as a framed gift.
“This year was to honor Mayor Ditslear for what he has done for the City of Noblesville and Scouting, and I think that is why we reached a record this year,” Nation said.
Since 2004, Noblesville has had 224 individuals achieve Scouting’s highest rank of Eagle Scout.