The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

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October 18, 2011

Learn about Scouts’ 2013 service initiative

An open house on Friday, Oct. 21, will allow Fayette County residents to learn more about how a community service initiative by the Boy Scouts of America could affect the local community, and how to get involved.

During the National Jamboree in 2013, approximately 40,000 visiting Scouts will fan out over nine counties in southern West Virginia to complete 200 community service projects over five days. The major focus areas of the projects are green-friendly, construction, infrastructure, wellness, and arts and education.

Local organizations can submit an application to be considered as one of the projects supported by the scouts during that week. Friday’s meeting is a first step in that process. 

 The meeting, which runs from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Fayette County Courthouse Commission Room, is open to the public. Its aim is to raise public awareness about the Reaching the Summit Community Service Initiative in Fayette County and also promote the release of applications for the program.

Representatives from the Boy Scouts of America and Citizens Conservation Corps of West Virginia — the official clearinghouse for the volunteer hours provided by the scouts — will speak about the impact of the Summit Bechtel Family Scout Reserve and the Fayette County Reaching the Summit Community Service Initiative on the local community. Dave Pollard, who will lead the initiative in Fayette County, will also speak about what the project means to the county.

After formal presentations, attendees will be free to pick up applications, which are due in March 2012, and ask questions about the program. There will also be booths with information about how to get involved as a volunteer to help plan the initiative.

According to a project “roadmap” published by the Citizens Conservation Corps of West Virginia on their website, the first step for the program is for each of the nine counties to form a work group to bring together representatives from the county commissions, business, government, community, religious, and faith-based organizations. The group will meet every two months to prepare for the service projects and form smaller committees, which include volunteers, media and public relations, youth council, and fundraising. Friday’s meeting will also provide an avenue to get involved in the work group.

Applications and more information about the community service program — including the minutes of meetings already held in the participating counties — also are available at www.rtscsi.com.

—E-mail:

cmoore@register-herald.com

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