Newton-Rockdale Counties Had Fine Record in 1960
Enthusiastic Scouting officials of the Newton-Rockdale District, B.S.A. held their first meeting of 1961 Tuesday night at the Teen-Can Building in Covington and mapped out plans for the biggest scouting year ever.
E.G. Lassiter, Jr., district chairman, presided over the meeting and called on the chairmen of the other phases of the Scouting program to report on their proposed activities for the coming year.
District Scout Executive Charles Patterson reported to the group of leaders that the Newton District closed out the year 1960 with a terrific record.
The report showed a gain of two scout units and 60 more boys over the 1959 record, thus giving the Newton-Rockdale District 45 units and 750 Boy Scouts.
Patterson lauded the work of the district officers and scoutmasters and was very pleased that the district didn’t drop a single unit in 1960. He pointed out that this record was “very unusual.”
The goal set for 1961 for the Newton – Rockdale District is to carry Scouting to 845 boys, an increase of 95 over 1960, and to organize six more units to give a total of 51 Boy Scout troops and Explorer posts in this area.
“I am happy to announce that we will not hold a Boy Scout Fund Drive in the Newton– Rockdale District in 1961.”
B.B. Snow of Porterdale, finance chairman, told the gathering, “We promised the people of this district during the 1960 drive that if our cause was supported substantially we would not hold another drive for two years, and we intend to keep that promise.”
He also pointed out that the people in this area would be much more willing to support the 1962 drive, scheduled in the Spring, if a drive were not held this year.
The Newton – Rockdale District had a very successful fund drive in 1960. Director Patterson said that $153,000 was raised for the new Bert Adams Camp project alone in this district.
Figures show that the Scouting program in the Newton–Rockdale district is presently reaching one out of five boys of Scouting age.
Patterson said that the best work in the district is being done with boys of Exploring age. “Exploring,” Patterson said, “is our Scout program’s low ebb in most districts, but not so in Newton–Rockdale.”
Patterson also was elated to see that all of the district officers were present at the Tuesday meeting.