Boys, first through fifth grade, and their families are invited to be part of a county-wide Scouting recruiting event at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Heartland Mall in the store space formerly occupied by Burke’s Outlet.

A representative of the Girl Scouting program in this region is also expected to be available to speak with girls and parents.

According to the information provided by Doug Moore, district executive for the Scouts, through Scouting activities, boys will have opportunities to hike, fish, learn to shoot BB guns and bows and arrows safely and swim. They will also get to participate in games and sports activities, make a variety of craft items, work on fun projects in a safe environment with trained leaders.

“Scouting is a great organization for young men,” Moore said, “the best in the world. The values parents teach their children at home – to be honest, friendly, courteous and helpful – are reinforced in everything the boys do in Scouting, from campouts to weekly meetings.

“Scouting emphasizes teamwork, service to others and the community. Scouting has helped young people be prepared for all situations for more than 100 years.”

Moore emphasized that Scouting is a family organization. “We encourage all parents to be involved in Scouting with their children. You can be a leader, or just a parent, but being involved is very important.”

In the Scouting program, “dens” or groups of eight to 10 boys, all close to the same age, meet weekly. Usually, there is a larger party-like event once a month where awards are presented.

But Moore said, boys can be involved in sports, church activities, 4-H or other groups and still join Scouts. And, any boy or his family who can’t be at the Thursday recruitment meeting, is certainly still going to be able to join Scouts and be involved.

“We also need adults to act as leaders for all age groups,” Moore said. “If you can spare an hour or two a week and are interested in helping your son and other youth in his grade level, we can train you to be a good leader.”

Boys in Brownwood who are interested in joining Scouts may call Jonathan Burcham (325) 200-1612. Those in Bangs may call Oscar Chapa at (325) 200-9014, and, in Early, call Melissa Sosebee at (325) 217-8639.