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A big grant for Tall Pine Scouts

Dear Editor,

The Tall Pine Council, Boy Scouts of America has received a generous grant of $9,864 from the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Outstate Michigan for a "Soccer and Scouting" program to kickoff this month in Imlay City. Ronald McDonald House Charities seeks, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. The Tall Pine Council, BSA was one of 11 organizations to receive an approved grant from the Ronald McDonald House Charities on May 14, 2008. The $9,864 check was presented to the Tall Pine Council on Thursday evening, September 11th at the Blue Heron District Roundtable located at Trinity United Methodist Church in Lapeer.

Soccer and Scouting brings together the fastestgrowing youth sport in the United States and the world's premier character building institution for boys and young adults. Soccer and Scouting provides an entry to diverse populations through the vehicle of soccer. All of the materials for Soccer and Scouting are provided in both English and Spanish to accommodate this growing audience. Recruiting and training caring adult Scout leaders with whom these boys can identify and bond will be the key to the program's success. Through positive leadership and support, these youngsters will learn important life skills that promote responsible citizenship in the home, school, and community.

The Tall Pine Council's objectives with this program is to organize Soccer and Scouting units through collaborations with churches, schools, and community-based organizations, enroll 160 youth into Soccer and Scouting units and provide them with opportunities for participation in a 48-week program from September 2008 through August 2009. The Tall Pine Council will also recruit and train parents to serve as coaches and parent volunteers for the Soccer and Scouting units, enhance each youth's personal growth through advancement in both Cub Scouting activities and soccer skills, while encouraging family participation in most activities. Anyone interested in volunteering or getting their youth signed up for the Soccer and Scouting program, please contact John Schlobohm at 810-235-8729 or

For 90 years, the Tall Pine Council supports five programs including Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing, Learning for Life and Exploring, and supports Scouting opportunities to over 11,000 young men and women in our community. The Tall Pine Council is the community's foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. The Tall Pine Council has developed programs that offer fun and challenging activities for youth of all socio-economic backgrounds. The Boy Scouts of America teaches young men and women life skills, leadership, community service and responsibility.

Marilyn J. Costigan, Tall Pines Council, Boy Scouts of America, Flint
September 17, 2008

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