Today’s youth is the future of America, and everybody knows that!
We have one organization here in our community with a rich 104-year history of preparing the youth of today to be the leaders of tomorrow. This organization; The Boy Scouts of America.
It deserves the support of our community.
Scouting teaches principles needed to be successful in both one’s personal and professional life. Who can argue with the value of The Scout Law in a young person’s life? A Scout is ... Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.
The youth who benefit are in our schools, churches and after-school programs. They are in East Naples, North Naples, Immokalee, Naples, Golden Gate, and Marco Island. They represent our children, grandchildren and sometimes our great-grandchildren. They come from every walk of life and background, making a difference, mostly without knowledge of the community in which they serve.
These skills are not genetically passed on, but learned by doing. Being part of a group requires leadership.
My own life has been impacted by my Scouting experience. I have made lifelong friends with whom I have shared many accomplishments. The rank advancement program taught me to set and achieve goals; then set higher goals. The merit badge program exposed me to fields of study and career options that I would never have found out about otherwise. By fulfilling leadership options starting at age 11, I learned to work with others and provide leadership to my peers. All of these skills helped me when one day I owned my own business.
Of all the things I learned in Scouting, giving back is probably the most important. I learned that many people and organizations invested in me personally and that one day I would have the opportunity to make the same investment in others.
The volunteers in our county have been doing phenomenal work in our community guiding an expanding number of youths in each of the previous years.
Participation in events has been off the charts! Veterans groups, county agencies, and many nonprofits have been the recipients of countless hours of service for the benefit of our residents..
I call on our community of Naples and Collier County to give back to our young people by assisting the Scouting organization reach more young people using it’s time, talent and treasure. Every young man age 7 to 21, and every young lady age 14 to 21 should have the opportunity to join a Scouting unit in their area. National Scout Week is Feb. 2-8. If you would like to stand up with me and contribute to this growing movement in our community feel free to call or email me at 239-450-0412, email@example.com.
Zell is a retired master custom clothier from Richmond, Va. He is a member of
Greater Naples Leadership and a community volunteer. He is an Eagle Scout.