Scout leaders seek local financial support for ET Area Council of Boy Scouts of America

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It costs a bit less than $200 per year to support an East Texas Boy Scout.

Lance Hawk, senior district executive for the East Texas Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, was making the rounds this week, reaching out to individuals and organizations who may be willing to help support boys and girls in the program – “Any donation is appreciated.”

Hawk fills one of the few paid positions on the local council’s roster.

“We’re 99 percent volunteer, but it takes a few professionals, he said Wednesday, joined on the fundraising effort by longtime Scoutmaster Tony Raymond.

Every dollar helps, echoed Raymond, who also serves as Sabine ISD School Board president.

“We have about a $1.6 million budget for East Texas scouting,” he noted. “We have like 4,000 Boy Scouts in East Texas. There’s less than 10 employees; everyone else is volunteer. This money is not going to pay salaries as much as going to fund the camp and the program.

“To support a scout for an entire year is $180. Of course, $5 to $500, anything’s appreciated.”

Notably, the East Texas Area Council is one of the 11 beneficiaries of Kilgore United Fund, allocated a portion of the fundraising campaign’s collections for its efforts in helping local scouts.

Learn more about the program at etexscouts.org or contact Hawk at 903-597.7201.

– From STAFF REPORTS

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