GREENWICH, Conn. -- Ray Garrison has been named district director for the Greenwich Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Kevin O’Shea, Scout Executive at Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Greenwich Council, made the announcement.
Garrison was Development Director with the BSA Gulf Stream Council in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. In Greenwich, Garrison will be responsible for membership growth, volunteer recruitment, youth development programs, and fund and donor development.
The year kicks off with a Join Scouting Night on Sept. 15 from 6-8 p.m. at both Eastern and Western Civic Centers
“I believe that there’s never been a better time for our youth to: engage in our community, connect with nature, participate in an adventure with friends, gain confidence, and ultimately build character,'' Garrison said. “Unlike youth sports that are so popular today, scouting is about cooperation and not competition. There are no tryouts or cuts from a team and all boys are welcome. Parents often describe scouting as their sons’ most valuable extra-curricular activity of their youth. They can learn valuable life lessons and skills that are often hard to obtain in today’s world.”
Debbie Wolf, mother of Evan, an Eagle Scout from Troop 9 and a freshman at University of Maryland, said her son benefitted immensely from the organization. “Scouting was truly meaningful to Evan. Scouting taught him to be capable … and ethical,'' Wolf said. "It was amazing to watch him grow in both skills and character. Scouting also gave Evan a love for outdoor adventure that was contagious. He hooked our entire family on camping and hiking.”
“Through scouting, each of my sons had many opportunities to develop leadership, survival, and citizenship skills,” added Linda LeBreton, parent of two Eagle Scouts, Stephen and Daniel, at Yale and Tufts respectively. “The self-confidence and knowledge that ultimately came from successfully testing these skills through their community service projects has paved the way for them to be active adult members of the community.”
The BSA Greenwich Council is open to new fall registration for Cub Scouts (boys in 1st-5th grade or ages 7-10), or Boy Scouts (boys in 5th—12th grade or ages 11-17). Boy Scouts do not have to have prior scouting experience. To locate the Pack in your area, visit http://www.GreenwichScouting.Org, or call Garrison at the Scout Office: 203-869-8424 ext.110 for more information.