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Council's Corner: Boy Scout troop attends council meeting for merit badge
August 30, 2017

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The Lehigh Acres Community Council proudly welcomed Boy Scout Troop 720 to their meeting on Aug. 21, 2017.

The Scouts were there as part of the experience they need to earn the Citizenship in the Community merit badge.

During the process of earning this badge, the Scouts will learn why good citizenship in the community, scouting unit, place of worship and school will be important to their future.

There are 130 merit badges that can be earned by each Scout by progressing at their own pace and meeting challenges. Rank advancement is just one of several methods Scout leaders use to help boys fulfill their dreams and establish their interests. As a Scout gets older the requirement to earn a badge becomes more challenging.

Scouting promotes character building and development centered around good morals and values.

Boys yearn for outdoor programs that stir their imagination. The most popular event Scouting offers is camping where they learn, through adventures. The use of natural surroundings, camping contributes to physical, mental, spiritual and social growth. The boys are introduced to climbing, aquatics, fishing, shooting, archery, property maintenance, risk management, health and safety.

Safety is an important part of being a Scout, a boy can learn to swim and may become a BSA life guard, safe boating, canoeing and kayaking. Through the guidance of the American Red Cross, first aid, CPR and AED classes are taught.

Since the Eagle Scout merit badge was first awarded in 1912, more than 2 million young men have achieved the Boy Scouts of America's highest rank.

Eagle Scouts are more likely than men who have never been in Scouting to have higher levels of planning and preparation skills, be goal-oriented, and network with others. They are more likely to be in a leadership position at their place of employments or local community. Eagle Scouts have closer relationships to family and friends, volunteers more, are charitable and work with others to improve neighborhoods.

The council was honored to have had the leaders of our future in their meeting.

The Lehigh Acres Community Council serves as the voice for unincorporated Lehigh Acres.

Meetings are held the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room at the LCSO East District substation, at 1301 Homestead Road N.

To contact the council, email Info@LehighAcresCommunityCouncil.com.

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