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Keith Wood
Retired Executive Director of Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

Boy Scouts of America: 100 Years In Scouting
New Generation Society of Lawrence (NGSL members only)

Wed., Apr. 20, 2011, 9:30am - 11:00am
Location: Lawrence Country Club, 400 Country Club Drive

The Boy Scouts of America celebrated its 100th Anniversary in 2010.  They have offered millions of boys over the years an opportunity to learn outdoor skills, leadership, and values.  Adapting to changing times, BSA now includes girls in a program called Venturing and offering high tech programs like geocaching, while maintaining its emphasis on traditions like patrols, camping and uniforming.

As Scouting enters its second century, Keith Wood will explore the one hundred year history of Scouting in America and in the Lawrence area, where Scouting dates from the earliest days of the program. He will provide an overview of current program elements as well as some of the original concepts of Scouting's founder, Lord Baden-Powell, along with the challenges the program faces in the next hundred years.

Keith Wood, an Eagle Scout, has volunteered with the Boy Scout program for more than thirty years, serving in almost every possible leadership position including Cubmaster and Scoutmaster.  Currently he is an Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 59 chartered to Lawrence's First Presbyterian Church, Committee Chair for Venture Crew 2059, Chair of the Communications Sub-Committee for the Committee on International Scouting of the Heart of America Council, and Membership Chair for the Pelathe District Committee.  Keith is also the recipient of the District Award of Merit and of the Silver Beaver award in recognition of his volunteer work with Scouting.

Outside of his volunteer work, Keith is retired from a 40-year career in the newspaper industry and he has also been a junior high teacher and Executive Director of Big Brothers and Big Sisters.


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