2010 floods and more

Several pieces of news to pass on. First, in honors of the Boy Scouts of America’s 100th Anniversary, the Scouts are getting the unique opportunity to hold a Grand Parade in Washington, D.C. More information can be found here.

Second, many of you are no doubt wondering how the reservation faired in the historic rains we had. This information comes from the Scout Office: “First, our hearts pour out to the families and businesses that have been affected by the tragic events. As for the BSA council properties, the only damage exists at Boxwell. We have damage to a ranger’s residence, the Parnell Dining Hall, some minor damage to a couple of campsites and the Stahlman sewer plant. We see no reason that we will not be ready for the thousands of campers planning to attend Summer Camp this year.”

More importantly, the Council is helping out the local community. Here’s more: “The community needs our help! Pleas support your local community with the necessary supplies (non-perishable food, cleaning supplies, clothing essentials) to help get them through the next few weeks & months. The Middle Tennessee Council office in Green Hills is collecting these items for Davidson County . We are working with Second Harvest to distribute those items. We are open 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. / Monday through Friday. Anyone can drop off items to us.

“We are asking each Scouting unit to come together and collect as many supplies as possible. The other eight Boy Scout councils in Southern Region are sending this same message to their Scouts and units.

“Once TEMA and other governmental agencies give approval for clean-up efforts, we will organize our volunteers to assist. We are proud of our Middle Tennessee communities and want them to know a Scout has been and always will be helpful.

“PLEASE NOTE: The agencies we are working with are requesting these items: Mops, Sponges, Laundry Detergent (dry), Dishwashing Detergent, Garbage Bags.

“Please try to sort like items with like items. All items should be unopened. “