Someone 2 Know: Nevada Area Council of Boy Scouts of America
This week’s Someone 2 Know is being honored by the American Red Cross in their Everyday Heroes program. The nonprofit encourages people to nominate individuals, groups, or companies who are making a difference in Northern Nevada.
This week’s Someone 2 Know is being honored by the American Red Cross in their Everyday Heroes program.
The nonprofit encourages people to nominate individuals, groups, or companies who are making a difference in Northern Nevada.
Once a month, 2 News will be profiling one of these nominees as a Someone 2 Know.
Today, it’s a group that many are familiar with; the Nevada Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Here now, a closer look at why they won the Lifetime Achievement award:
“Do A Good Turn Daily” is the slogan of the Boy Scouts.
Whether it’s planting flags and cemeteries, or trees in local parks, service is one of the main tenets of the Boy Scouts of America.
“Last year we contributed over 59,000 hours of community service,” says Paul Penttila, the Scout Executive and CEO of the Nevada Area Council.
Those hours are made up of a lot of little projects by a lot of Scouts. The popular food drives are just the beginning -- a project can be re-purposing wooden pallets to build a wildlife viewing deck, or: “May be a cleanup on the river, or in the parks,” explains Penttila, “Or maybe the cemetery, are honoring our veterans on Memorial Day.”
Or creating emergency preparedness kits for schools -- and figuring out how to fund the project.
Field Director Pat Dannenberg is passionate about the mission. “Lets do something good for somebody else. Let's teach that to them as a kid. On not wait for somebody else to discover it on their own as an adult".
Sometimes projects are big, award-winning ones.
A few years ago and about a national car helicopter was employed to help her move abandoned and cars from the desert. Eagle Scout Jacob Waters had to see the project through from concept to completion.
"That's a great testimony to young people in leadership that they're gaining and receiving in the program," Penttila tells us.
The Nevada Area Council was founded in 1924 and leaders say scouting has a long, healthy future ahead.
"And we're starting up more girl troupes every day here in the area,” says Dannenberg, “And just really look forward to the opportunity to help continue to serve the kids in our communities."
To learn more about the Red Cross Everyday Heroes program, click here.