Friends of Scouting has embarked on its annual fundraising effort.

Friends of Scouting has embarked on its annual fundraising effort.
Cub and Boy Scout packs and troops in the Ozark Trails Council, which includes Rolla, St. James, Waynesville, Dixon, Crocker, Salem and Houston, rely on the support of this effort, and other fundraisers to operate.
The council covers a large territory, from Springfield to Diamond, Mo.
Scouting encompasses youth from first grade through 20 years old.
While Scouting gets United Way contributions, Friends of Scouting’s effort plays a key role in making the programs available.
“It takes quite a bit of money to support the boys,” said Duane Martin,
“It costs about $175 per boy per year.
“We have to provide insurance, leader training, program materials, and maintenance of our camps.”
Martin wears many hats in his role in Scouts.
He may be retired but he’s plenty busy with the boys, serving as the leader for a Cub pack in Waynesville of 96 kids, an assistant Scoutmaster, a district commissioner and the leader of a new Venturing/Civil Air Patrol for boys ages 14 to 20.
“I’m a firm believer in Scouting.”
He’s also active with the state VFW Scouting team.
“The Veterans of Foreign Wars is very active with Scouts,” noted Martin.
Year-round camping opportunities are at Camp Arrowhead in Marshfield, Frank Childress Scout Reservation near Diamond, Cow Creek located on Table Rock Lake, and Plagens Conservation Area in Pittsburg, Kan.
There is a swimming pool at each camp and building maintenance to be done.
“We couldn’t survive without contributions,” said Martin.
According to a Ozarks Council brochure, over 2,500 youth attend Boy Scout summer camp, Cub Scout resident camp, or Cub day camp annually.
There are also family events such as the Blue and Gold banquet or the Green and Gold banquet for Cubs and Boy Scouts respectively.
Earlier this year in April, the Council hosted a breakfast fundraiser. Originally Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense and an Eagle Scout, was due to speak but suffered an injury from an accident and couldn’t attend.
“I think if he could have made it, we would have had a bigger turnout,” said Martin. “It’s unfortunate.”
Martin isn’t alone in being an advocate for Scouting.
Even though long-time District Executive Susan Rostad recently retired from that position, she still volunteers, Martin said.
In addition, Kate Sullivan, who operates the Rolla Scout store, provides assistance in a number of areas as well.
“It’s a big plus for us to have the office and store in Rolla,” said Martin. “This gives us a place to train our leaders as well.”
The store is open Mondays and Tuesdays from noon to 6 p.m. and Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 4. The office is closed Wednesday.
This week, the office will also be closed Thursday and Friday due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
While volunteers are always needed, so too are funds, said Martin.
Those wishing to donate can mail their contribution to 612 Pine St., Suite 103, Rolla.
Rolla-area questions can be answered by contacting Sullivan at 364-1504. For those in the Waynesville, St. Robert area, contact Martin at 336-3718.