The head of Crossroads of America Council, Boy Scouts of America says without a major event taking place today, the organization “would not exist to the extent we do.” The council serves 25 counties and 36,000 members. The annual Governor's Luncheon for Scouting is expected to raise more than $1 million of the Indianapolis-based organization's $9 million total budget. December 9, 2013

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Crossroads of America Council, Boy Scouts of America will host its 18th Annual Governor's Luncheon for Scouting. Governor Mike Pence will serve as the keynote

speaker for the first time while in office.

-Karrie Schlegel, Program Director for Reaching for Tomorrow, will be presented

the Reaching for Tomorrow “Striving for Educational Excellence Achievement

Award” for dedicating her time to helping to educate special needs and at highrisk

kids at Wendell Phillips Elementary IPS #63.

-Talia Broekers of Venture Crew 209 from Edinburgh Lions Club will be awarded

the National Youth Leadership Award. This award recognizes young people who

demonstrate leadership, planning and management skills fostering them to

become responsible adults who can guide community service projects.

-JJ Kubanseck of Troop 256 from St. Barnabas Catholic Church, will be presented

the Firecrafter Award after successfully igniting a fire by friction set. For some

Scouts this battle can take all week but JJ, who has Down Syndrome, completed

this task in just two days.

WHY: The luncheon is the council's main fundraiser for all Scouting programs, including

Scoutreach, which provides Scouting programs for underserved and at-risk youth. Last

year, more than $1.1 million was raised.

WHO: More than 2,000 community leaders including Bob Palmer, vice president of Central

Region FedEx and council president and Mark Miles, president of Hulman & Co. and

event chair.

WHEN: Monday, Dec. 9 from noon – 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: JW Marriott, Indianapolis, IN

Boy Scouts of America is a youth development organization that's designed to prepare young people to make ethical and moral decisions throughout their lifetimes. The goals of Scouting consist of citizenship training, character development and personal fitness. Throughout the Boy Scout program, young people are encouraged to advance through ranks by fulfilling requirements in the areas of leadership, service and outdoor skills. For more information on Scouting, call (317) 813-7125 or 877-925-1900 (toll free) or visit

Source: Crossroads of America Council, Boy Scouts of America

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