Last year, the Boy Scouts of America celebrated its 100th year as one of the nation's foremost youth organizations. Large celebrations marked teh BSA Centennial that many of our local Scouts were able to participate in.

The Scout's Regional Jamboree in Kinston saw over 5,000 Scouts last year and the National Scout Jamboree in Fort A.P. Hill saw over 45,000 Scouts attend. Both of these events were designed to mark an occasion that few organizations will see.

In 2011, the Boy Scouts of America look forward to celebrating the traditions that have served youth for the last 100 years, while constantly adjusting to a changing world in order to make the next generation prepared to lead.

Service is a cornerstone of Scouting that can be seen all over Roanoke Rapids and Halifax County. In February of this year, our local Scouts collected over 1000 pounds of canned food to replenish local food banks after the holiday season. All of our local Cub Scout Packs and Boy Scout Troops participate in local service projects, while last year 4 young men in the area attained the rank of Eagle Scout, coompleting service projects that average over 250 man hours per project.

Leadership is another foundation of the Scouting movement. Whether it is an older Scout teaching younger boys or Scouts working together to achieve more, the Boy Scouts help our youth reach their potential by giving them the tools and opportunity to succeed.

And of course, the Boy Scouts go camping. Eache year our older boys go con campouts on a monthly basis, preparing for the highlight of the Boy Scouting year, week long Summer Camp. Our younger boys get in the action too. Local campouts at Medoc Mountain and countless other locations prepare our Cub Scouts for a bright future in Scouting.

In response to changing world, young women can now be a part of Boy Scouting in the "non-traditional" youth program, Exploring. This program gives our youth experience in potential career fields, providing an advantage as they plan to enter the workforce after graduating. Currently, Explorer Posts are up and running at Gaston EMS and the Halifax Sheriff's Department with plans to start fie and health posts in the near future.

Whether it is celebrating the traditions of the past or looking forward to the future, the Boy Scouts of America give our youth the tools to excel in a changing world.

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Bradford Nesheim

Phone: (252) 522-1521

Fax: (252) 522-9707