FULTON, NY – Fulton Rotary Club President Jerry Seguin thanked Gary Bogner, Ontario District Executive for the Boys Scouts of America.
Gary talked about scouting at a recent meeting of the Fulton Noon Rotary Club.
Gary is also a Rotarian, a member of the Oswego Rotary Club.
He stated that Rotary was the first service organization to support BSA and that started back in 1918.
It’s not surprising considering that both Rotary and BSA are founded on maintaining and encouraging strong core values such as family and community.
Gary feels that Cub Scouts are the foundation of Boy Scouts as they are the most important and influential group.
The scouts also offer a Venturing Program, which is a co-ed program for 14-20 years olds and is hobby based.
There are high adventure, religious, shooting, theatrical and robotics hobby groups, just to name a few.
There is also an Exploring Program which is also co-ed.
They have a new group geared toward middle school and also the traditional 14-20 year olds.
This is a career oriented program that allows participants to explore (thus the name) different careers such as police, fire, ambulance, medical, engineering, etc.
Our area is belongs to the Longhouse Council, which encompasses the areas from St Lawrence to Oneida counties.
Gary is very excited to see that Boy Scouts is continuing to grow.
Last year there was a record 57,912 new Eagle Scouts.
To put that in perspective, only 2% of boy scouts reach that level. What a great accomplishment!