Local Boy Scouts are seeking assistance with one of the biggest scouting events of the year. As part of the Boy Scouts annual Scouting for Food event, the three districts that make up the Arbuckle Area Council will be competing to see which can collect the most cans of food. A recognition device will be installed at Camp Simpson that will change each year to reflect which of the three districts finished first, second and third. Also, a plaque will be awarded to the unit in each district which collects the most cans of food this year. Scouts will be partnering with the East Central University ENACTUS (ENtrepreneurs ACTion US) team this year as the team participates in the 2013-14 Let’s Can Hunger initiative sponsored by Campbell Soup Company. ECU’s Alpha Phi Omega Chapter will also be assisting with Scouting for Food.
Boy Scouts are dedicated to giving back to their communities, according to Arbuckle Area Council Scout Executive Brett Matherly. “Scouting for Food teaches youths the value of helping others and also a little about the hunger problem in the United States and particularly Oklahoma.”
Matherly said each district and unit participates in Scouting for Food in different ways. Some work together in a district project to collect food door-to-door on a Saturday. Some units do a unit food drive where members collect cans of foods from their families, relatives, neighbors and friends. Others put collection boxes out and ask folks to donate there.
“There are a lot of ways to collect food items and the Scouts can be very creative as they do this,” he said. “Again, this year, we just ask folks to donate what they can and work with our scouts as much as they can to help feed some hungry Oklahomans.”
Working with the scouts of the Arbuckle Area Council is just one part to the ECU Enactus Team’s project. The team has done some fund-raising and sent more than $500 to the Oklahoma Regional Foodbank. That money was matched by Chesapeake and will result in more than 1,100 meals thanks to the efforts of the foodbank to stretch the dollars that come in.
“We are happy to provide the scouts some added incentive in the form of this contest,” said ECU ENACTUS team pesident Jamie Eason. “While they work to gather cans of food we hope to provide them and others some information that will help everyone to understand that in Oklahoma there are many hungry people.”
Anyone who would like more information about donating food items or helping in any way with the effort should contact a local Scout leader or call the Arbuckle Area Council Office at 580 223 0831.