VFW seeks Scout of the Year nominations

Submitted by Patty Locher Youth Programs Chairperson Sabetha VFW Memorial Post 7285

The Veterans of Foreign Wars annually offers a program to honor Boy Scouts who have achieved Eagle status; Girl Scouts who have earned their Gold Award; and registered, active members of a Venturing Crew or Sea Scout Ship, who are the recipient of the Venture Summit Award or Sea Scout Quartermaster Award.

Some of the VFW’s earliest ties to the community involve youth groups, and perhaps none are stronger or more lasting than the relationship between the VFW and America’s scouting organizations. VFW’s partnership with the Boy Scouts of America dates back to almost 100 years ago when, in 1915, VFW Post 2100 helped to establish Troop 1 in Everett, Wash.

Through the VFW’s Scout of the Year program, eligible members of the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Venturing Crew and Sea Scout who display standout citizenship, patriotism and love of country have the opportunity to be rewarded with college scholarships of up to $5,000.

Any registered, active members of the scout programs named above, who have received the required award, are eligible if they meet the following criteria:

• Applicants must have demonstrated exemplary citizenship in school, scouting and the community.

• Applicants must have reached their 15th birthday and be enrolled in high school at the time of selection. Applicants still in high school who reach their 18th birthday during the nomination year remain eligible if otherwise qualified.

Nominations for this contest must be submitted to a VFW Post by March 1, 2018, and must strictly adhere to the rules stated in the entry form, which can be downloaded from the website at www.vfw.org; click on “Community,” then “Youth and Education.”

Nominations will be judged on the following, with 10 points as the maximum for each of the sub-elements.

a. High School Participation (40 points max) – Academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, demonstrated leadership, significance of participation.

b. Scouting Record (60 points max) – Timeliness of achieving rank, demonstrated leadership, participation in events, quality of Eagle or Gold Project, demonstrated adherence to Scout Code, and exemplary moral/spiritual character.

c. Community Service Record (40 points max) – Evidence of regular participation, impact on the community, demonstrated leadership, and demonstrated achievement (awards, etc.)

d. Letters of recommendation (70 points max) – These letters receive much scrutiny by the judging committee and thus carry the most importance in scoring points. The letter writer should not rely on generalities but emphasize specific, factual data that makes the Scout stand out above the Scout’s peers. Content should include evidence of exceptional character, leadership qualities, willingness to accept responsibility, self-confidence, serving others, respect for authority, and patriotism and respect for this nation and its symbols.

It’s not too early for interested, qualified Scouts to begin working on their entries. Compilation of a complete nomination package takes time and effort.

Each complete, qualifying nomination submitted to Sabetha Memorial Post 7285 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars will receive a local award and a certificate of recognition, and all qualifying submissions will be forwarded to State VFW level. The State-level judging team will select one nomination for submission to National VFW level.

Since there is no active VFW post in Brown County, Scouts in Brown County who meet the criteria above are eligible and encouraged to submit a nomination through Sabetha VFW Post 7285.

For more information about this contest, contact Sabetha VFW Memorial Post 7285 Youth Programs Chairwoman Patty Locher by phone at 785-284-0387 or by email at p2equinelover@aol.com.

Make sure your nomination package meets all documentation requirements as specified on the nomination form, to include: Photo of the Scout in Scout uniform (3-inch by 5-inch preferred), High School Participation Record, Scouting Record, Community Service Record, Letters of Recommendation as specified, and VFW Completed Entry Form.

Send nomination packages to Patty Locher, Sabetha VFW Memorial Post 7285 Youth Programs Chairwoman, 3373 Antelope Road, Sabetha, KS 66534, in time to arrive no later than March 1.

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