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In Michigan and beyond, Scouts stepping up to help Flint

Flint-Michigan-on-mapFlint is in need, and Scouts are answering the call.

The state of Michigan put out a plea for bottled water to help residents in the town of Flint, where more than 100,000 people’s health is at risk after high levels of lead were detected in the city’s water supply.

President Obama has declared a state of emergency, and Scouts in the Michigan Crossroads Council are stepping up to help fellow members of their community.

You can help, too.

The service project is called Scouting for Water. From noon to 7 p.m. on Feb. 26, every Scout Shop in Michigan will become a drop-off location for cases of bottled water and gallon jugs.

The council urges Scouts to encourage family, friends and colleagues to donate to the Flint community.

The next day, Feb. 27, Scouts and volunteers will gather at the Flint Scout Shop to load their cars and help deliver water to the doorsteps of residents, some of whom — like the elderly, disabled and those without transportation — are struggling to acquire safe water for themselves and their families.

If you’re not a Michigan Scout or Scouter, there’s still a way to help. Contact Kerrie Mitchell, public relations director for the Michigan Crossroads Council at for more information.

Thanks to a reader tip, we’ve already heard about one council’s plans to help out — despite being 600-plus miles away. New York’s Westchester-Putnam Council is responding by collecting unopened cases of bottled water and gallon jugs of water during its own “Water for Flint” Good Turn. New York volunteers will drive and deliver the donations to Michigan before the Feb. 27 distribution.

Additionally, the Michigan Crossroads Council is considering a recycling initiative led by Scouts later in the spring. Find updates on

Does your unit plan to help Flint? We want to hear about it in the comments below.

6 Comments on In Michigan and beyond, Scouts stepping up to help Flint

  1. Pack 105 collected water at our Blue and Gold banquet and we will be distributing it.

  2. Troop 244 Portage Mi will collect water over the next two weeks at the Pathfinder church in Portage. 8740 South Westnedge

  3. Troop 2 in Nyack, New York has collected $500 and will continue to collect water for the enxt month

  4. Troop 373 & pack 3373, Comstock Park, MI will be gathering water at their Blue & Gold / Court of Honor Banquet. We also have volunteers lined up to help load receive and load the truck on the 26th!

  5. Pack 3048 in Zeeland MI is collecting this Saturday the 20th and delivering on the 25th

  6. Westchester-Putnam Council, BSA is continuing our Council Wide Good Turn for American – Water For Flint collection drive until Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. So far we have collected 131 Cases of Water Bottles and 52 Gallon Jugs. Our goal for the drive is 300 cases of Water Bottles and 100 Gallon Jugs.
    Volunteers will be driving the donated water to Flint on Friday, Feb. 26 for distribution on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016.
    Donations are accepted at the Council Service Center weekdays M-F from 9 AM to 5 PM with a special drop off day on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016 from 10 AM – 1 PM. All Donations welcome.

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