The council serves 25,000 youths and 6,000 adults in six counties.
PARKMAN -- Despite the frigid weather forecast, more than 400 youths and 150 adults will participate in the Arrowhead District Boy Scout winter event Saturday.
This event will be at Camp Chickagami, state Route 168. The day will begin with a flag-raising ceremony at 8:45 a.m. and will conclude with an awards ceremony at 3:30 p.m.
Numerous activities will take place all day.
This year's program will include two skill-building events designed to increase scouts' readiness for emergencies. While emergency preparedness has been a tenet of the Scouting program for nearly 100 years, recent nationwide attention to matters of homeland security cast these exercises in a new light.
Patrols of scouts from more than 30 troops around Trumbull County will compete in a variety of outdoor skill challenges. These challenges will include winter camping, knot tying, orienteering/compass, fire building, emergency preparedness and many other scouting skills.
Patrols that prove most proficient will receive prizes and awards.
A campfire and multimedia program will take place at 7:30 p.m.
"The spirit of the Scouting movement is best seen during our Winter Event," said Dr. Ken LaPolla, event chairman. "Scouts not only have an opportunity to compete with various scouting skills they also have an opportunity to instruct and work with younger scouts, helping them not only to prepare for the competition, but also for the harsh outdoor conditions. Character counts with our Scouts, and there's no doubt that we're proud of all of them."
LaPolla and an event staff of 35 will conduct the skill challenges and provide lunch for the troops. Many of the troops plan to spend the night in cabins and tents.
The Arrowhead District is a part of the Greater Western Reserve Council that serves more than 25,000 youths and 6,000 adults in a six-county area that includes Mahoning, Trumbull, Portage, Geauga, Lake and Ashtabula counties.
More than 257 churches, fraternal organizations, schools and businesses serve as charter organizations. As one of more than 325 councils in the United States, the GWRC offers the traditional Boy Scout and Cub Scout programs and the Learning for Life programs that include Career Exploring and In-School Scouting.
The GWRC administrative offices are in the Coleman-Miller Service Center, 4930 Enterprise Drive N.W., Warren, Ohio 44481. More information regarding the GWRC is available online at www.bsa-gwrc.com.