Boy Scout Representative Speaks to Rotary Club
by Bob Augustin Jr.
Stacey Shedd, David Crockett District Representative for the Boy Scouts of America, was the featured speaker at the August 29, 2008 meeting of the Lawrenceburg Rotary Club. The David Crockett District of the BSA includes Lawrence, Giles, Lincoln and Wayne counties in southern Middle Tennessee.
The Boy Scouts, which originated in Great Britain, was first organized in the United States in 1910 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1916. Presently there are over 4 million Boy Scouts in the United States, 10,000 of which are in Tennessee. There are approximately 300 Eagle Scouts currently in Tennessee.
Scouting includes the Cub Scouts for boys from 7 to 10 years of age; the Boy Scouts for boys from 11 to 17 years of age; Venturing, for young men and women from 14 to 20 years of age. While most people are familiar with the Cub Scouts and the Boy Scouts, most probably aren't familiar with Venturing Shedd said. Venturing's purpose is the prepare young people to become responsible and caring adults.
The primary fund raising activity for the Boy Scouts in the David Crockett District is the Patron's Luncheon. A Patron Luncheon is held for the Wayne and Lawrence County area and another for Giles and Lincoln Counties. The Boy Scouts of America Council in Tennessee has over 10,000 trained registered volunteers and only 30 paid staff that administers the its activities. Shedd said that only nine cents out of every dollar raised for scouting goes for staffing and administrative costs. The lion's share of the funds, the remaining ninety-one cents of every dollar, goes directly to supporting scouting activities.
Pictured above are: L to R: Polly Marsh, President of the Rotary Club, Stacey Shedd, and Ron Evans.