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Feb 3, 2018
Scouting for Food Bags Distributed

2018 Scouting for Food

Dear Unit Leaders, 

A Cub Scout promises to "give goodwill" and a Boy Scout promises "to help other people at all times." There is no better way to show our Scouting Spirit than by participating in the annual Scouting for Food drive! Now is the time to show our community the Scouting values of being loyal, helpful, kind and cheerful.

On February 3 and 10, 2018, Scouts throughout the Westark Area Council will help make a difference to fight hunger. Scouting for Food is the leading service program for Boy Scouts of America and is a part of the national BSA program - Good Turn for America. In partnership with the Harps Food Stores and KFSM TV5 News, this council-wide service project begins Saturday, February 3, 2018 as Scouts distribute bags in their neighborhoods to announce the upcoming food drive. Scouts return the following Saturday, February 10, 2018, to pick up and deliver donations to their local food banks and pantries.

In addition, Harps Food Stores will provide an opportunity for Scouts to collect food at their stores on February 10.  Harps Food Stores has 40 locations in our 17 counties.

How Can Your Unit Help Make a Difference?

1.            Let us know you want to participate.  Sign up at your January Roundtable, contact your District Executive, or register online at:             The deadline to request bags is January 19, 2018.

2.            Pick up your Scouting for Food bags from your District Executive in late January.

3.            Schedule a team to collect food at your local Harps Food Store between 8 am and Noon on             Saturday, February 10, 2018.  Units will need to take the food to their local food         pantry or             food bank.  A list of Harps Food Stores locations is available under the Resources tab here:


4.            Report your results by February 28, 2018 to the council at:


                Please report:

  • Number of adults and youth participating.
  • Approximate number of bags distributed.
  • Pounds of food collected.
  • Organization that benefited from the project.


**Please remember: Units must report service project results to both council and on the Journey to Excellence (JTE) website.

Thank you for your participation in Scouting for Food.  Your service will help meet the needs of the hungry in our communities. 



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