DCD 2020: Scouting on the Frontlines
For 100 years, Scouting has impacted our local youth, families, and community. From the organization’s earliest days, Scouts have been deeply involved in helping their communities during crises. In both World War I and II, Scouts across America grew Victory gardens, collected millions of tons of scrap metal, rubber and other vital war materials for munitions, identified specific types of trees in forests, and played a key role in War Bond drives. In two such drives in World War I Scouts raised $125 million dollars — $2 billion today. Over the last century – at natural disasters, feeding the hungry, working to save the environment, helping to rebuild aging communities, serving as honor guards at public events – Scouts have always been there, prepared and ready to serve.
For the past 45 years, we’ve recognized a Distinguished Citizen in our community as well, highlighting people who have impacted the community with a combination of great leadership and great character.
The DCD committee, given the tumult around the novel corona virus and Shelter in Place, decided to highlight 7 different individuals who are committed to Scouting, and are deeply involved in community service through Covid-19 alleviation efforts. They represent the impact of the Scouting program for the past 100 years, and the years to come.
A video with their stories will be released on Saturday, October 10th. If you’d like to contribute through this appeal, CLICK HERE.
If you have any questions, reach out to Katherine Benson at 408-638-8333 or Katherine.Benson@scouting.org.