It is safe to say that 2020 was challenging for all of us – our families, friends, neighbors, and communities alike.
Here at the Daniel Webster Council, the COVID pandemic required us to change our operations on the fly and work tirelessly in a constantly changing environment to ensure the continued vitality of our Scouting programming.
I am humbled by your hard work, your unwavering commitment, and your creativity during the past year to support these critical efforts inclusive of sustaining program, recruiting new families, supporting our front line workers in response to Covid19, participating in Scouting for Food, and so much more within your community.
Part of these efforts, go beyond helping others at all times and have served to shine a powerful, positive light on the importance of Scouting in New Hampshire.
As we move forward in this new year, I wanted to share a few links to pro-Scouting stories published by local media in 2020, including:
- Concord Monitor: “Jim Steiner Op-Ed: Participation in Scouting Began Path to Success”
- Eagle Tribune: “Scouts Helped Feed the Needy in New Hampshire”
- Fosters Daily Democrat: “Hampton Boy Scouts Thriving Despite Pandemic”
- Laconia Daily Sun: “Boy Scouts to Collect for Largest Food Drive in the State”
- Manchester Ink Link: “NH Scouts Support Hospitals Initiative Could Use Your Help”
- Monadnock Ledger Transcript: “Jaffrey Cub Scout Joins Newly Formed Scouts BSA Girls Troop”
- Nashua Telegraph: “DWC Scouts Launch Hospital Support Initiative”
- NH Hospital Association: “Daniel Webster Council and NH Hospital Association Launch Scouts Support Hospitals Initiative”
- Seacoast Online: “Girls are Trailblazers in Boy Scouts of America Troops”
- Seacoast Online: “Troop 177 Food Drive to Stuff Hampton Pantries”
- WMUR: “Bedford Boy Scout Honored for Saving Brother’s Life”
- WMUR: “Cub Scouts in NH Connecting Through Virtual Camporee”
- WMUR: “Cub Scouts Build Desk Shields for Schools in Bow
In his op-ed referenced above, our Daniel Webster Council President and Eagle Scout Jim Steiner says “There’s never been a better time to be a Scout”, explaining how “Scouting’s timeless values as embodied in the Scout Law – to be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent” gave him and countless other leaders a head start in life.
I could not agree more. I am enthusiastic about where we are as a Council heading into 2021, but I know there is always much more work to be done and many more good Scouting stories to tell.
So help us tell your story.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what your Scouts are working on. What are your ideas and what activities do you have coming up in the weeks and months ahead? What successes did you experience and what innovations did you implement during the unprecedented events of last year?
I am proud to serve as Scout Executive for the Daniel Webster Council, where I know there are literally thousands of Scouts and adult leaders making a real difference in families and communities every day. Scouting is alive and on the move in New Hampshire!
Let us hear today about the good news of Scouting in your unit and community, so we can shout it from the rooftops.
And please be on the lookout for training webinars that will be scheduled soon, to allow us the opportunity to collaborate and further discuss how you can help deliver the good news about your unit and experience in Scouting.
Taken together, this is important work so that we not only help to promote Scouting today but build support for it in generations to come.
Yours in Scouting,
Scout Executive & CEO