Scouting for Food

Scouting for Food is an on-going annual program of the Boy Scouts of America that collects food for local food banks. Each year, local Cub and Boy Scouts leave plastic bags for their neighbors soliciting canned food items. One week later, the Scouts return to pick up and deliver the bags of food to a local food bank.

In the Law of the Pack; a Cub Scout gives good will and in the Boy Scout Promise; a Boy Scout promises to help other people at all times. By participating in the annual Scouting for Food program, Scouts come a step closer to fulfilling those words. Across the country, in many councils and districts, thousands of troops and packs with millions of scouts involved collect tens of millions of pounds of food which is distributed to needy neighbors. Scouting for Food is a project rooted in the very foundation of the Scouting movement and its dedication to do and implement the Scout Slogan and do a good turn daily.

The Lewis and Clark District will once again be participating in the Scouting for Food Program on March 22, 2014, (bag drop off) and March 29, 2014, (bag pick up) and food delivery to the local Great Falls Food Bank located at 1620 12th Avenue North in Great Falls. Last year Packs and Troops in the Lewis and Clark District collected and delivered over 15,500 pounds of food to the Great Falls Food Bank. This year our goal is 20,000 pounds. With your help, we will attain this goal!

Scouting for Food bags and flyers may be picked up by Units on Friday February 28, 2014 from 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm and on Saturday March 1, 2014 from 9:00 am until 10:30 am during the District Pinewood Derby event at the Great Falls High School Old Gym located at 1900 2nd Avenue South in Great Falls. Units will be assigned their area in which to distribute bags at the time of bag pick up.

As a reminder, the instructional flyers should be placed inside the bags and/or attached to the bags prior to them being distributed to all residences in Great Falls. Also, ideally bags should be attached to door handles and/or placed inside screens doors so as not to blow away and become litter. Please remind all of your Scouts that bags and fliers should NEVER be placed in or on mailboxes. Placing bags in mailboxes can get us in trouble with the Postal Service. Please do not drop off or pick up bags before 9 am.

Scouts should be in full Class A, field dress, uniform; be reminded to use the buddy system when delivering and picking up bags; to utilize sidewalks as much as possible; be extra cautious when crossing streets; do not knock on doors, never enter a closed gate; and never, ever, enter a residence.

Thank you in advance for your continued support to the Scouts of the Lewis and Clark District and to our neighbors in need through the Great Falls Food Bank.

Questions may be directed to the Lewis and Clark District, Scouting for Food Coordinator, Deanna Rutten at 406 217-1079 or via deannarutten@gmail.com.

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