As we look back on this year, it is easy to see the challenges that have become synonymous with 2020. While these challenges are significant, they are merely speed bumps on the trail of some incredible things that happened all around us.
When children yearned for a sense of normalcy during stay-at-home orders, Scouting provided countless hours of programming through virtual meetings, adventures and online merit badges.
When it was safe for youth to enjoy adventures in the outdoors, Scouting stepped up to make socially distant and safe experiences possible.
When communities struggled to find face coverings, Scouts rallied to donate neckerchiefs, sew masks, make face shields, and help those on the front lines and throughout our communities stay safe.
When families struggled to put food on the table, Scouting helped restock countless local food banks with Scouting for Food initiatives throughout local communities.
Importantly, Scouting has continued to build character, confidence, and leadership during this turbulent year. Consider these amazing Scouts and Scouters that have inspired us this year:
- Selfless Scout proves that ‘even though I am 13, I can make a difference’
- Local Scouts Making masks for Hospital
- Thirteen Awarded Medit of Merit for their outstanding service to their community.
- Scout brings help, hope
- Boy Scouts Build Playground Equipment for Helena school
- Meet Helena’s 1st female Eagle Scout Hailey Carpenter
- Missoula teen becomes one of the first female Eagle Scouts in the nation
- Montana Eagle Scouts Go Global With 3D Printable Mask
- Scouter Weissman Helps Feed Stranded Shelby Football Team
These are only a few of the remarkable stories, from our own communities, that remind us of the power of Scouting.
Scouting teaches young people how to respond to challenges with solutions. That their potential to be a change for good in the world is limitless, encumbered only by the limits of their imagination and will. It is a life lesson we should all carry with us.
It is important to concentrate not on what tears us down, but rather, all of the good that happens in this program and the impact it has on our youth and our communities.
We hope you know that you – Scouts, volunteers, employees, families, donors, partners and alumni – are an integral part of the BSA. Thank you for your continued support of the Scouting movement – your commitment, work and support have helped make some incredible things possible. You are essential in our ability to empower young people now and in the years to come.
Here’s to wishing you a happy new year, one where even more youth can learn, grow and Scout on!
Yours in Scouting,
Montana Council Board and Staff