The Boy Scouts of America is inviting Scouts and their families, former Scouts and members of the community to attend an Investment in Character and Leadership dinner on Friday, March 22, at 6:30 p.m. at the Choteau Pavilion.
“We really want to get former Scouts to reconnect with their Scouting past,” Steve Dogiakos of Choteau, the local BSA committee chairman for Troop 51, said last week.
The Scouts will be serving a spaghetti dinner with meat sauce and non-meat sauce options. The suggested dinner donation is $40 per family or $15 per person.
There will also be a program with a guest speaker who will give an overview on the BSA programs.
Dogiakos said money raised through the dinner will go to the Lewis and Clark District to help maintain and staff summer camps, day camps and activities like the district-level Pinewood Derby. Local boys and girls involved in BSA activities benefit indirectly from the fundraiser by earning discounts on various Scouting activities. The district includes Teton and Cascade counties and the southern half of Chouteau County.
In Choteau, there are about 45 boys and girls involved in BSA programs, including a boys troop, a girls troop and a Cub pack. Cub packs are open to boys and girls ages 5 to 10. Scouts BSA troops are open to girls and boys (separately) 11 to 18 years old.
Dogiakos said new members are always welcome. He added that there is some interest in establishing a BSA Venturing program here as well. The Venturing program is open to boys and girls (co-ed) ages 14 to 21.
Local BSA leaders, in addition to Dogiakos, are Joe Haas, cubmaster; Jerry Stott, scoutmaster for the boys troop; Maggie Carr, scoutmaster for the girls troop; and Sandra Dogiakos, committee chairwoman for the Cub pack.