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Scouts honor supporters

— Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers will be among those honored at the April 26 Good Scout luncheon.

The Boy Scout event, featuring a pulled pork lunch, is set for 11 a.m. at the Eagles Club, 1820 N. Second Ave.

Rogers has been a longtime supporter of Boy Scouts, Grand Columbia Council Executive Tim Johnson said.

He’s attended a number of Scouting events over the years and usually has a car in the adult division of the Cub Scout Pinewood Derby.

“Honestly, I’m flattered,” Rogers said.

He said he was a Cub Scout and his son was a Cub and Boy Scout.

“It’s just a fantastic organization,” he said.

Gus Tillberg, longtime district chairman and former council employee, also will be as he retires from Scouting.

Along with recognizing people who contribute to Scouting, the event is a fundraiser for the council, Okanogan Valley District Chairman Dave Yarnell said. Donations will be sought from those attending.

Sen. Brian Dansel, R-Republic, will be the guest speaker.

About 300 boys are enrolled in Scouting in the Okanogan Valley District, which includes Okanogan and Ferry counties and the Grand Coulee area. They include Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and an Explorer post sponsored by the U.S. Border Patrol.

This year’s recruiting effort netted the organization 7 percent growth in the district, much higher than in other areas, Johnson said. The organization gained two new Cub Scout packs this year, one in Pateros and the other in Nespelem.

“Parents are looking for programs that offer kids more opportunities to learn and experience new things,” Yarnell said. While 4-H often includes animals, Scouting offers the basics – core values, opportunities to help the community and self, and skills such as weather observation and camping.

“These are things they often don’t get in their everyday lives,” he said.

“There’s a lot of value to Scouting,” Johnson said.

One of the biggest struggles is keeping adult leadership numbers up. Committed volunteers are needed.

“It’s tough to get people to step up,” Yarnell said. “That’s why it’s so important to recognize them.”

Although some people look at volunteering to lead a group of boys as intimidating, it’s fun and rewarding, he said.

In addition to regular meetings and activities, Cub Scouts and their families can attend a three-day camp in early summer and Boy Scouts can attend resident camp in July.

Both are at the Bonaparte Lake Boy Scout Camp.

In addition, an international camp is planned May 30 to June 1 at the Boy Scouts’ Summit Lake Camp on the Colville Indian Reservation. This year’s camp, which draws Canadian Boy Scouts, is the 69th year.

Yarnell said restoration work is planned at Summit Lake, and a Friends of Summit Lake group has been formed.

Seating at the luncheon is limited to 120 people. Those interested in attending are asked to contact Yarnell by email at dmyarnell@

gmail.com.

Pancake feed benefits Troop 60

OKANOGAN – Local Boy Scouts will be flipping flapjacks and scrambling eggs this weekend during the annual Troop 60 pancake feed.

The event is set for 7:30-11 a.m. Saturday in the Okanogan Masonic Temple, 234 Tyee St.

Admission will be charged. The event supports troop projects.

—The Chronicle

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