Rotary Club Hosts Scout Leaders
Mike Chapman, District Chairman and volunteer in the Boy Scouts of America, West Central Florida Council, at the Rotary Club of Clearwater, explaining the leadership training advantages for Boys and Girls, age 11 to 18. Chapman spoke of the fun in Scouting, especially the outdoor adventures. He described how many well-recognized public individuals have credited Scouting as helping them in their careers.
Scouting is an Adventure in Leadership Development. Boys and girls, age 11 to 18, join the Boy Scouts of America for outdoor adventures, developing leadership skills and learning to work as a team member. Boys and girls learn how to respect others, accept personal responsibilities and to be of service to others in need, all while having fun along the way.
Local Scout leaders recently spoke to members and guests of the Rotary Club of Clearwater at a Wednesday noon meeting at the Belleair Country Club. Rotarian and District Scout Executive Yehudy Diaz was supported by volunteers in Scouting Mike Chapman, District Chairman, Dr. Steve Lund, District Vice Chairman. In attendance was Bill Davis, Scout Executive for the West Central Florida Council and volunteer, Peggy Kirk, District Finance Chair. Chapman, a member of the Dunedin North Rotary Club, emphasized the similarities of purpose of both Rotary and Scouting.
Both groups were organized in the early 1900's, and both stress the importance of Leadership and Service to others, including our communities and the nation. Both encourage respect for others and the importance of family, God and country. Dr. Lund discovered that nearly everyone in the room had either been in Scouting or had family or friends that had participated in Scouting.
The Scout Oath and Law are founded on values of God, Country, Family and Community, while instilling physical, mental and moral standards that will help to prepare our youth to be strong future leaders. The U.S. Military values individuals who have had experience in Scouting. Many public leaders, including Presidents, Astronauts, Authors and Military leaders were Scouts. A few examples of some of the fun experiences in scouting include camping, canoeing, outdoor cooking, special wilderness experiences and earning Merit Badges.
The West Central Florida Boy Scout Council can be contacted at 727-391-3800 or the web site at wefcbsa.org.
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