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This Sept. 11, Scouts will show a Surge of patriotism

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Scouts, Scouters, parents, and non-Scouts everywhere will unite next month to honor the Americans who died in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Scout Surge 9/11 is being billed as an opportunity for remembering the victims of the attacks nine years ago while also celebrating the patriotism on which this nation was built.

Start planning now to hold an event with your pack, troop, or crew. If you're an adult in charge of a troop or crew, suggest this event to your unit's junior leaders. Ask them to consider planning something that will bring your community together at 8:46 a.m. on Sept. 11, a Saturday.

Planning tips and more information is available at the Scout Surge 9/11 link above. Here are some of their suggestions:

Things to do:

  • Decide on a specific location to meet.
  • Tell people to arrive so that at 8:46 a.m. exactly, they can recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
  • Use Twitter, text messages, e-mail, Facebook, and MySpace to spread the word.
  • Be as public as possible without obstructing traffic or creating a safety hazard. (Standard Scouting policies apply.)

Ideas for the event:

  • Have everyone wear a red, white, or blue shirt.
  • Hand out flags to wave.
  • Fly the Flag of Honor.
  • Honor a local hero.
  • Visit a local fire or police department to say thank you.
  • Invite a band to perform.
  • Have everyone meet for breakfast after the event.
  • Invite the media.

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