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Banding Together for Waterfowl

Passing on the Tradition

Waterfowlers have a responsibility to recruit new hunters, especially youth, for the sake of our heritage
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DU and Boy Scouts Partner to Serve Youth

Ducks Unlimited's Greenwing youth membership program has received a powerful endorsement from Boy Scouts of America (BSA). DU and BSA recently signed a memorandum of understanding in which the two organizations formally agreed to work together through special youth activities and events. Scouts will be provided with rank advancement and merit badge opportunities at these events while also learning about wetlands and waterfowl conservation. This concept was pioneered by DU volunteers in Virginia's District 1 (led by the Northern Virginia Chapter), who have worked closely with BSA in their area to hold similar events in the past.

"The Boy Scouts of America looks forward to working with Ducks Unlimited to offer unique programs that focus on education, conservation, and stewardship," said Frank C. Reigelman, outdoor programs team leader for BSA. "For over 100 years the BSA has recognized the importance of conservation, and in our next century we are looking for partners to expand this important message for our members."

"This is a great example of two fine organizations with shared values and goals coming together to help develop tomorrow's conservation leaders today," said DU Senior Vice President Bruce Deadman, who chairs DU's Youth and Education Committee. "Our goal is to assist the scouts with their rank advancement and introduce them to DU and our mission in hopes that they will make a lifetime commitment to conservation."

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