It’s been a busy spring for Scouting in the Northern Lights Council and if you have driven by the new Jon L. Wanzek Center for Scouting, 4200 19th Avenue South in Fargo, you will see that construction is right on schedule…mid-July completion date.  Stay tuned for updates and photos next week.  In the meantime, if you would like to check out the construction progress you can visit the Council’s website  or on our facebook page.

Today, we are pleased to join ND First Lady Betsy Dalrymple, the Council’s 2012 Scouting for Food Chair, in announcing that Scouts will be going door-to-door and conducting a community good turn on Saturday March 24.  Starting last weekend, Scouts across the Council went door to door and distributed Scouting for Food door hangers and tomorrow will be collecting the donated food from those same houses.  The donated food will be delivered to local community food banks.

The 24th Annual Scouting for Food Drive is Scouting’s community stewardship project aimed at addressing the problem of hunger in the community in which we live and work.  Scouting for Food is a project rooted in the very foundation of the Scouting movement.  The Boy Scouts and their community partner, Gate City Bank, are working together on this project to help people in our communities.

It is up to the people of our community to make Scouting for Food a success and help our local food pantries feed those in need, said Scout Executive Mark Holtz.  Last year in 2011, Scouts collected more than 90,000 pounds of food across the Northern Lights Council and the goal this year is to collect more than 102,000 to celebrate one hundred and two years of the Boy Scouts of America.

If you did not get a door hanger at your home and you would like to participate and donate to our Scouting for Food drive, you can drop your food items off at any Gate City Bank location until March 31.  All donated food items will then be delivered to the local community’s food pantry.

For more information on the Scouting for Food drive please contact the Boy Scout office toll free at 877-293-5011. The Northern Lights Council serves the entire state of North Dakota, 18 counties in NW Minnesota and 2 counties each in South Dakota and Montana. The Northern Lights Council is a United Way Agency.

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