Camping World Provides Vital Funding for Boy Scouts of America
Funding will assist Scouting for approximately 800 youth from At-Risk Communities
July 9, 2012 (Chicago, IL) – Camping World, the nation’s largest RV and outdoor retailer, today announced that it has donated funds to the Boy Scouts of America, Three Fires Council in the greater Chicago area to assist its ScoutReach program. The funding will be used by the Boy Scouts for sponsoring day camps and to reinforce the community outreach program that works to ensure that all young people have an opportunity to join Scouting, regardless of their circumstances, neighborhood, or ethnic background.
The donation is part of Camping World’s commitment to foster greater appreciation for nature and outdoor activities while supporting worthy community organizations.
The Three Fires Council ScoutReach program serves approximately 800 at-risk youth. Utilizing ScoutReach funding, the program aids youth within Kane County from economically challenged, and often single-parent, homes.
“The Boy Scouts of America help teach our children about leadership and encourage a set of strong values that will be part of them for the rest of their life,” said Roger Nuttall, President of Camping World RV Sales. “At the same time, the young Boy Scouts are given a variety of useful tools for the outdoors.”
For Nuttall, receiving the call about the Three Fire Council losing their primary funding hit home as he served as a Scout leader for many years and 5 of his adult sons have attained Eagle Scout recognition, the highest rank in Boy Scouting.
Donations from residents, businesses and community members are a crucial part of the Boy Scouts ability to fund quality programs within the Chicagoland area for the youth.
“My hopes are that other local businesses will see the importance of organizations such as the Boy Scouts to their communities and the mentoring of our youth,” said Nuttall. “It’s a community effort that is absolutely going to make a difference for the kids.”
"We are very thankful and appreciative of the donation from Camping World," said Larry Bethers, Field Director for the Boy Scouts of America, Three Fire Council. "Through the timely donation from Camping World, we will be able to continue serving the youth in our community that deserve a positive alternative to their environments and an opportunity to reach their goals through the Scouting program."
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