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Thank you to everyone who donated to our Stay At Home for Scouting campaign last week. Together we raised $49,101 to support local youth and Scouting programs! We greatly appreciate your support.

Scouting Delivers Innovative Ways to Serve Youth

The Dan Beard Council, Boy Scouts of America’s Stay At Home for Scouting Giving Campaign highlights all of the benefits Scouting brings to our local youth in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area such as building academic skills, self-confidence, ethics, leadership skills, and citizenship skills that influence their adult lives. During the recent closures due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Dan Beard Council has developed innovate resources for our Scouts and families to continue their Scouting activities at home. Some of these include daily activity videos through our Scouting At Home initiative, virtual meetings, and virtual merit badge courses. All of these programs impact our Scouts and gives them the tools to flourish during a time of uncertainty.

With your contribution and support, the Dan Beard Council can continue delivering quality and impactful programs throughout our community. Whether its through new innovative virtual Scouting At Home programs, community service, outreach programs, or summer camp adventures, Scouting makes a difference. Help to show your support for these impactful programs today by clicking the button below.

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The Dan Beard Council takes an Innovative Approach to Replacing City’s Largest Luncheon Fundraiser

In support of state “Stay-at-home” orders and in an effort to protect the health and safety of the Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky communities, Dan Beard Council, BSA announces the cancellation of the 2020 Good Scout Award Luncheon. The annual fundraiser will be replaced instead with a Stay At Home for Scouting Giving Campaign featuring a series of virtual videos that will air over a two-day period on May 1st and 2nd in conjunction with a nationwide virtual camporee.

Now in its 32nd year, the Good Scout Award Luncheon is the Dan Beard Council’s largest fundraiser, annually bringing together more than 1,000 community members to support scouting programs for local youth.

“The Good Scout Award Luncheon allows us to come together to celebrate the positive impact Scouting has in our community and recognize local companies and leaders who embody the values of the program,” said Andy Zahn, Dan Beard Council Chief Executive. “While we are disappointed to cancel this important fundraiser, the health and safety of our community is paramount. We are excited that the Stay at Home for Scouting Giving Campaign will be a new way to for the community to support the more than 23,000 local youth and families participating in Scouting programs.”

The Stay At Home for Scouting Giving Campaign will launch on Friday, May 1, 2020 with a special message from local Scout Executive and CEO, Andy Zahn. The 2-day campaign will then conclude on Saturday in conjunction with a nationwide virtual camporee where local Scouts will be able to tune-in to meet other Scouts from around the country while learning and participating in Scout activities from home. Supporters will have the opportunity to contribute to the campaign through a variety of methods including Facebook, text message, Paypal, and more.      

The Virtual Camporee is a part of a recent Scouting-At-Home virtual program initiative featuring daily content that Dan Beard Council has developed and delivered to families over the past month while Scout families are at home. Through the program, thousands of Scouts have tuned in for daily fun and educational activities, and hundreds more have earned virtual merit badges online.

“We’re excited to offer a unique opportunity where people can help and support the important mission of Scouting, and where local families can have some fun participating in Scouting activities from home while engaging with new Scouting friends locally and around the country,” said Ken Brunner, Director of Development & Marketing. “The Stay-At-Home for Scouting Giving Campaign gives people who would have typically attended the Good Scout Award Luncheon, as well as those who couldn’t attend and want to help, the opportunity to still support these incredible programs without an in-person event during this environment.”

The Good Scout Award Luncheon has traditionally been the largest luncheon fundraiser in the city, raising over $500,000 annually to support Scouting programs. The Dan Beard Council has already begun making preparations for the 2021 Good Scout Award Luncheon for next Spring.

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After dedicating numerous years to their Eagle Scout projects, two members of Troop 974 weren’t about to let the Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions delay their achievements. The two Scouts held virtual meetings with Scouting representatives. Read more here.

Local Eagle Scout 3-D Prints Face Mask Ear Guards for Health Care Workers

Anthony W., an Eagle Scout from Troop 44, wanted a way to help others during the Coronavirus (COVID-19). He decided to 3-D print ear mask guards for healthcare workers. He has printed over 500 mask ear guards so far, which were all donated to local hospitals. Read more here.

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