According to the Boy Scout oath, a Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.

Those who support Scouting are also generous, as the annual canoe luncheon garnered more than $23,000 in contributions for the Tawakoni District of the Circle Ten Council.

The Tuesday event drew a packed crowd of local business leaders to the Fletcher Warren Civic Center for the kickoff to the organization’s fundraising campaign. More than half of the campaign’s goal of $43,500 was raised in pledges during the lunch.

The Tawakoni District includes all of Hunt and Rains counties, as well as the portion of Royse City which is inside Hunt County.

The district has 841 members involved with Scouting, with more than 200 boys who signed up during the “School Night for Scouting” event in the fall. More than 300 volunteers assisted the Tawakoni District during 2005.

Guest speaker for Tuesday’s luncheon was State Sen. Bob Deuell of Greenville, an Eagle Scout who became a member of the organization while growing up without a father in West Virginia. Deuell credited what he learned in the Boy Scouts with helping his develop into a successful adult.

“I can say that Scouting literally saved my life,” Deuell said. “The skills I learned in Scouting I still use today.”

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