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May 15, 2012 > Breakfast fundraiser keeps kids Scouting

Breakfast fundraiser keeps kids Scouting

By Julie Grabowski

It's not every day you set down to a breakfast that is informative, inspiring and will help make a difference in the lives of a multitude of young people. But at the eighth annual Friends of Scouting Community Leadership Breakfast, that is exactly the order of the morning. This event helps raise funds to support the Mission Peak District Boy Scouts of America, with over 2,500 members throughout Fremont, Newark, and Union City.

"The Mission Peak District is the fastest growing region of Scouts in the Bay Area," says District Director Joe Barton. "Over the past four years, Scouting in our community has had sustained membership growth over 20 percent!" And it's not hard to see why. Boy Scouts provides fun and educational activities that foster decision-making skills, character development, good citizenship, leadership, service, and fitness.

Boys ages 6 - 20 can participate in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturing. The Venturing program, which focuses on kids coming together through their hobbies and learning leadership through activity, is also open to young women 13 - 20. In addition, an Exploring program for young men and women ages 14 - 20, centers on career exploration. The Mission Peak District currently has posts with Washington Hospital, Fremont Firefighters, and Fremont, Newark, and Union City Police Departments.

According to Barton, Scouting serves "to help kids understand the world they live in on a variety of levels." And who wouldn't want to facilitate that?

Breakfast attendees will hear from local speakers, learn what the Scouts are doing locally, as well as receive an update on the state of the organization. Host and speaker Richard King is a former president of Rotary International and serves as a member of the Executive Board of the San Francisco Bay Area Council, and chairs the annual Friends of Scouting Campaign.

"Friends of Scouting is the San Francisco Bay Area Council's major fundraiser focused on raising money within the community to support the Scouts of that community," explains Barton. "Through Friends of Scouting, we are focused on raising over $120,000 to support the Scouts of Fremont, Newark, and Union City."

The last Leadership Breakfast, held in 2010, raised $31,000 for the cause, and this year's goal is set at $30,000.

The 2012 "Good Scout" Award will also be presented at the event. "We are very fortunate to have a wonderful honoree this year... Brent Hodson," says Barton. "Brent has been very active in Scouting since his youth. As an adult, Brent has been the Scoutmaster of Troop 160 as well as the Institutional Head of the Centerville Ward Scouting Program, which encompasses a Cub Scout Pack, Boy Scout Troop, Varsity Team and Venture Crew."

Former Executive Director of the Washington Hospital Foundation, Hodson also served as the Institutional Head of the Washington Hospital Medical Explorer Post 539, which helps students ages 15 - 20 learn about the different careers available in the field of health care. The program currently has over 85 members.

"Brent has always been very active in the community and has served on the boards of many fine organizations, including Newark Chamber of Commerce, Fremont Chamber of Commerce, and the Rotary Club of Fremont. We are proud to honor Brent with our "Good Scout" Award this year; he has lead by example his entire life," Barton says.

Organizers wish to recognize Committee Chair Angus Cochran from Washington Hospital, District Chairman Steve Cho, and committee members Paul Andres, Marlene Weibel, and Pat Danielson.

Take part in a memorable breakfast and support our local Scouts! All proceeds go directly to the Mission Peak District Boy Scouts of America and all donations are 501c(3) tax deductible.

Tickets for the breakfast are $50 per person, and while there may be availability at the door, advance purchase or RSVP is requested. For more information contact Joe Barton at (510) 577-9227, or

Friends of Scouting Community Leadership Breakfast
Friday, May 18
7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Newark Hilton
39900 Balentine Drive, Newark
(510) 577-9227
Tickets: $50

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