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People representing various churches attend the meeting.
Help youth through Boy Scouts, former coach says
BY TORI P. HAYNESWORTH
FOR THE CHRONICLE
A meeting was held at the Old Hickory Council on
Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 6600 Silas Creek Parkway. The mis
sion: urge more Cub Scout and Boy Scout recruits from
churches in the black community.
Bill Hayes, former football coach of Winston-Salem
State and N.C. Agricultural and Technical State universi
ties, made the message very clear about more churches
forming Boy Scout groups.
"Every black man seems to be waiting on the next
black man to make the play. I wonder whose responsibil
ity it is for us to save our kids? Whose responsibility it is
for us to reach back and save our own kids in our own
communities?" said Hayes.
Hayes' passion is to better the youth in the black com
munities through Boy Scouts and mentoring young men.
Through research, only five churches have Cub and
Boy Scout groups in the Winston-Salem area: Galilee
Missionary Baptist, Mt. Zion Baptist, Union Baptist, St.
Stephens Missionary Baptist and United Metropolitan
Missionary Baptist. A few people who represented those
churches attended the meeting, while there were a couple
of people from Grace Presbyterian Church and Goler
Memorial A.MJE. Church that came out.
"How many churches are here in Winston-Salem?
Three hundred. How many
in our community? Well over a hundred. Five scout
troops? Come on, we are better than that," said Hayes.
Steve Wilbum, scout executive of Old Hickory
Council, gave tips, and said assistance and resources will
be provided to help get a Scout group on its way.
"There was a time when African-American churches
in this community had Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, but
it's been since the 1970s," said Wilbum. "There's a whole
missing generation in there that has no point in reference
There were several testimonies of how the Cub Scouts
and Boy Scouts have made an impact on young boys and
young men's lives.
There were others who expressed how important
Scouting is, and how it helps the youth in the long run. It
was also noted that women could very well be involved
with the Scouts program and that this could be a way of
having parents being heavily involved in their child's life.
"You have to have parental support throughout Cub
Scout and Boy Scout. And that's what made the difference
in pur sons' lives," said Reginald Brown, alongside his
wife, Joyce Brown, of United Metropolitan Missionary
Baptist Church. Reginald Brown is Scout Master.
During the meeting, Camp Raven Knob, located in
Mt. Airy, was brought up of how a lot of youth have never
been there. There are plans of possibly having a trip to
witness the rewards of the camp and all that it entails, to
promote a good time and to produce Scout growth.
"Scouting is for everybody. It's for all kids. They've
got to have the opportunity, so let's fight for it to make it
grow," said Hayes.
For more information, visit
www.oldhickorycouncil.org. To learn more about how to
get involved with forming a Cub Scout and Boy Scout
group through church, contact Steven Simpson at 336
760-2900, extension 216or email steven .simpson ?scout
ing .org. You can also contact Steve Wilburn at
swilburn@ bsamail .org.
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The new 743 area code will be "over
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Effective April 23,2016, all local calls
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