Press Release (English)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For additional information, contact:
Eric Santiago
District Executive, Hispanic Initiatives
Central Florida Council, BSA
1951 S. Orange Clossom Trail
Apopka, FL 32703
esantiago@cfcbsa.org

BE PREPARED: BOY SCOUTS KICK-OFF NEW HISPANIC INITIATIVE

Orlando – The Boy Scouts of America kicked off their newly created Hispanic initiatives program with a breakfast organized at the Citrus Club on Thursday, April 10. The event, which was hosted by Osceola Commissioner John Quiñones and Orlando attorney Tico Perez, drew a crowd of over 50 community, business and religious leaders.

Among the guests were Cesar Calvet, CNL Latin Banking President, Ramón Ojeda, President of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Jaime Paz y Puente, Consul of Mexico in Orlando, and Father Miguel Gonzalez, representing the Diocese of Orlando.

The initiative focuses on “the creation of a Hispanic Programs Advisory Board, the development of community relations to create awareness among the community, the partnership with civic and faith-based organizations, and the recruitment of leaders for new troops”, observed Perez, known for his involvement with the Scouts around the Nation.

The Boy Scouts want to educate and inform all Hispanic families and organizations about the character development, leadership-oriented programs the organization provides.

“Scouting is not a tradition within the Hispanic community. We want to make sure every family that joins experiences the opportunities of leadership development and character education that we provide” comment Pablo Munevar, Director of the newly created Hispanic Initiatives Program of the Boy Scouts.

Boy Scout officials and volunteers committed to start various Hispanic emphasis troops around Central Florida during the upcoming months. “As we engage more volunteer leaders and organizations that can help us lead the effort, we will be able to bring the programs to every neighborhood”, expressed John Quiñones, Chairman of the Hispanic Initiatives Advisory Board.

The breakfast guests greeted the actions taken to increase the coverage of Scouting programs for Hispanic children. “The fabric of democracy begins with youth; we must support Scouting for them. Our very future depends on it” declared George Rodon, Chief of Staff for Orange County Mayor Richard Crotty.

Scout officials are currently organizing informational sessions in Osceola, and will be present at the Hispanic Expo on April 19 and 20 at the Orange County Convention Center to provide interested families and organizations with more information about their programs.

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Prepared by Pablo Munevar