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The sojadi district of the jayhawk area council, boy scouts of america held their second annual friends of scouting breakfast march 3 at the emporia arts council. The breakfast provided the opportunity for community and business leaders to show their support for scouting, get an update of the district along with enjoying the fellowship of other supporters.

A strong gathering of business and community leaders were treated to breakfast and heard from corey maley, student at emporia state university and an eagle scout from troop 157 at first christian church. Corey completed his service project fixing and painting the playground fence at peter pan park. In his remarks, corey described his experiences as a scout helped him have a ready community to join when he moved to maine, virginia, and emporia, kansas.Friends scouting

Corey also shared his scouting experiences and the values that it instilled in him as a young adult. “scouting helps shape individuals by providing a warm community in which people strive to not only better themselves, but to guide others into learning what a scout should embody, said corey. “by embracing everything the boy scouts of america had to offer, one has the ability to gain the confidence and drive to pursue what they would like to do. For me, that was furthering my education.”

The breakfast’s keynote speaker, laura henderson spoke about the opportunities scouting provided for her son, shane. “[shane] was 18 months when he was officially diagnosed with autism… And as a result many of my dreams for shane died; scouting was one of these dreams. I did not believe he could do what was needed to succeed in the program.”

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Laura went on to explain that the eventually a scout leader invited shane to join cub scouts and how she learned that the cub scout motto is “do your best,” which meant shane would not be held back if he couldn’t complete an endeavor as long as he did his best to learn and to live up to the scouting ideals. In cub scout, boys “learn to strive to develop themselves.”

Thanks to scouting, shane was able to not only have fun and learn, but to make friends. “although he could not speak to his friends, he knew them and greeted them with high-fives, fist bumps, or hugs.” shane’s involvement also impacted the other boys “who have come to see shane as a friend and not someone to fear or laugh at. It has given them the courage and confidence to go out and know other children and adults who do not fit the “mold”.”

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Attendees from last year’s breakfast showed extremely support as friends of scouting. The breakfast is the kickoff for the emporia friends of scouting campaign. Thanks to the contribution at the breakfast and at the advanced efforts from scouting families, emporia has already raised over $15,000 to the sojadi district, jayhawk area council.

Headquartered in topeka, the jayhawk area council, boy scouts of america is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization that has served youth since 1916. Scouting aims to provide unique personal growth opportunities to an ever-increasing number of youth, helping them mature into adults whose values are embodied in the scout oath and law. The core of this singular movement is focused on fostering development of values-centered lives through character development, personal fitness, citizenship, employability, and service to others.Friends scouting