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From the Chairman

Chris Ragusa

Chris Ragusa, Scouting Chair

January 2021

I hope that your holidays were filled with joy, and that your gatherings were safe and satisfying. We’ll not soon forget 2020 as much as we’d like to…

The proposed American Legion Cub Scout camporee on MacDill AFB in Tampa, FL from February 5-7, 2021 is in limbo at this time. Our reservations for the Lewis Lake Scout Camp and the Marina Beach Pavilion areas will be honored, but only if MacDill is at Force Heath Protection Condition (HPCON) Alpha. It is presently at Bravo +. If you have a American Legion or Sons of the American Legion-chartered Cub Scout pack that is interested in camping that weekend (tours of the air traffic controller tower, flightline fire and rescue station, maritime patrol station and dock, armory, and K9 Dog Handling unit, please contact me.

I encourage you to read an article posted on the Social Networking site LinkedIn. The article is entitled Putting Boy Scouting’s Sex-Abuse Scandal into Perspective, and one of its main themes…and a good talking point with our Legion leadership at all levels…is the fact that the total number of abuse victims represents far fewer than 1 percent of the 130 million young men and women who have safely participated in and benefited from Scouting since 1910. Please give this article a gander for more insight.

I had the honor and privilege of representing the American Legion’s Department of Florida at a double Eagle Scout Court of Honor on December 19, 2020 in Riverview, FL. The two Eagle Scouts, Asher and Nathan, are the sons of former Department of Florida Scouting Chair Rick Hewett and his wife Julie. Both Rick and Julie are US Army veterans and PUFL members of the American Legion. The future is bright for these two young men.

Please send me Scouting articles and/or pictures of interest for inclusion in these monthly messages.  I know that we have Legion BSA units doing and achieving great things!

Chris Ragusa