March 31st was a great day for Scouting. Thanks to all who volunteered to make our “Prepared. For Life” Breakfast a success. Through the efforts of our dedicated board members, volunteers, the greater Worcester business community and our staff we were able to raise $47,362 in pledges and sponsorships by sharing local stories with over 150 local community leaders. We increased our attendance by 23% and our giving by 45%!
Our Main Speakers included:
- Cub Scouts Evan Vaillancourt (Pack 243), Cale Jackson (Pack 151) and Bodhi Parks (Pack 9) told us why they like being Scouts. We even got a knock-knock joke!
- Eagle Scout candidate Cameron Ganong of Troop 53 in Auburn shared his plans for his Eagle project
- Dan Warren of Tufts University served as our main speaker, and explained to the audience that Scouting really does make a difference in promoting positive youth development. He walked us through the results of the recent Templeton study on Scouting.
- Scoutmasters Glenn Sullivan (Troop 182) and Rick Spurr (Troop 114) shared why they are involved and give so much time to our Scouting movement. Glenn’s passion brought some to tears, and Rick’s powerful ask for support made our morning a success
And special thanks to the volunteers who made this morning’s event happen:
- Council Board President: Jeremy Ahearn who chaired the event and got us to a great start
- Master of Ceremonies Nick Keyes of Troop 53, chartered to Faith Baptist Church in Auburn. Nick showed the skills he learned as our past Pachachaug Lodge Chief as he smoothly ran the event.
- Bugle Player Rick Cehon, Scoutmaster of Troop 123 in Leicester came out to plan reveille and kick the morning off.
- Color Guard Troop 114 chartered to the First Congregational Church of Shrewsbury attended to present the colors and help collect pledge cards.
- Photographer The photographer of the morning was another Lodge young adult Peter Boll whose photos are already posted on our Facebook page.
It was a great way to kick-off our Community phase of our Friends of Scouting campaign. And it is truly wonderful to see so many people from our council work together to generate support for our Scouting movement.