Staff Report

For Scouting, this is not a time of crisis, but rather a time of purpose. These are the days for which their training and values have prepared members of Scouting. With the country now confronted with two monumental challenges — disease and economic shock — Scouting has a role to play in the community response.

On May 15, scouts from Boy Scouts of America Los Padres Council will deliver home-made face shields to organizations, medical workers and others in need. Scouts and leaders, regardless of program or age, are stepping forward and leaning in to support community members including doctors, nurses, medical workers, first responders, seniors, the ill, and the immunocompromised.

“Yes, we have need. We will take as many as you can afford us,” said a staff member at Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria.

“Many in our community have benefited from scouts providing hundreds of thousands of service hours to a variation of local organizations that include food drives for local pantries, updating/upgrading local/national park and church facilities, clothes and school material for local children in need, and much more,” said Carlos Cortez, council CEO/scout executive.

“Boy Scouts from Los Padres Council have done this for over 100 years quietly and without rewards as we see it as our duty, and we want you to know that we are in this together and are taking action to support our local community,” he said.

Los Padres Council Boy Scouts of America is a youth leadership development organization that has served families for more than 100 years in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties by providing scout programs and The Outdoor School science camp at Rancho Alegre.

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