By Monroe Roark
More than $72,000 was raised
last week for local Scouting endeavors while one of Scouting’s
biggest local supporters was honored.
Will Harper, Boy Scout,
stands with Atlanta Motor Speedway president Ed Clark who
was recently honored for his involvement with Scouting over
the past 20 years.
The purpose of the annual
fundraising dinner at Eagle’s Landing Country Club was twofold,
according to Jason Setser, district executive for the Flint River
Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
“One was to raise money for
programs, camperships, and other costs of providing a quality
Scouting program for the kids of Henry County,” he said. “The second
reason was to honor a member of the community who exemplifies the
values of Scouting – service above self being one of those.”
Atlanta Motor Speedway
president Ed Clark was this year’s honoree. Past recipients of this
recognition include Buddy Welch, Tony Moye and Sheriff Keith
“Ed Clark was perfect fit for
this as he has also been involved in Scouting for the past 20 years
as a board member, a Scout parent and a volunteer,” said Setser.
“Speedway Children’s Charities has been an ally of ours as well.”
Setser serves Scouting in
Butts and Henry counties. His primary responsibilities are to
recruit young people to participate, generate support from the
community, raise money and support the organization’s volunteers.
About 1,500 young people in
Henry County were involved in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts at the end
of 2013, Setser said. That number includes some girls in
“We have 44 units in the
county, including Cub Scout troops, Boy Scout troops, fire posts and
crews,” said Setser. “That encompasses nearly 600 volunteers in
Henry County, from committee chairs and district-level people to
troop leaders and every other level.”
Noting that it takes about
$150 per Scout to operate the quality program provided by the Flint
River Council, Setser is continuing the campaign with a goal of
Other funds are raised all
year long through camp fees and special events like an annual golf
“The community plays a huge
role in supporting the Scouting program. Scouting is the community,”
said Setser. “We feel that Scouts who go through this program will
become better parents, more likely to be civic servants.
“Several prominent government
and business leaders in Henry County were Eagle Scouts. That is the
investment being made in these young men, and this is how it gets
paid back. It’s what we call an investment in character.”
The web site for the local district is
www.flintrivercouncil.org. Interested families can also find out
more about Scouting at www.beascout.org.