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Operation Crossover - Veterans help recruit Scouts

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Some of the local veterans groups that support Boy Scouts of America include AMVETS Post 57, Veterans of Foreign Wars Bruce Post 1146, the VFW Fraser-Reid Post 6691, VFW Post Menge 6756 and American Legion Post 261.

They will be part of Operation Crossover 1-3 p.m. Nov. 2 at Macomb Mall in the Dick’s Sporting Goods Court.

We will have a number of area organizations and scout packs and troops at the mall in order to convince kids to join or continue in scouting,” Kevin Lauro said. “There will be a number of area youth and parents in attendance as well as some raffle prizes.”

“Many veterans organizations sponsor scout groups. The veterans are our adult leaders and scoutmasters, or they assist scout masters. They provide scouts with a meeting place and fundraising opportunities and teach different lessons to kids.

“They have flag retirement ceremonies, the means to earn merit badges and Eagle scout rank. The scouts perform service projects and learn outdoors skills. What the veterans do runs the gamut. Some are quite involved. They do it to give back to the community,” Lauro said.

AMVETS is a chartered partner with BSA and has a seat on the National BSA Community Relations Committee. The effort goes under the motto “today's children are tomorrow's leaders.”

Lauro is a Unit Service Executive of the Sunrise District Boy Scouts of America, Great Lakes Field Service Council, Dauch Scout Center in Detroit.

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