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Scouting For Food

The Denver Area Council will be conducting Scouting for food on the morning of Saturday, November 21, 2020. Those hoping to join must register your unit to participate in Scouting for Food. In an average year, this food drive provides food to more than 100 food banks throughout the Western Slope and Denver Metro area!

Door hangers are provided to Scouts to deliver throughout their neighborhoods. Filled bags are picked up by DAC units the morning of the food drive and delivered to recipient organizations and food banks. 

All Scouting units are encouraged to participate in this council-wide community service initiative. Scouting for Food participation inspires youth and teaches them the importance of community service. Service is a key ingredient in Citizenship! Because of the pandemic, the need for Scouting for Food is greater than ever before!

Door hangers

Please note that due to the overwhelming participation of our Units, the Council Office has run out of printed door hangers. We are asking Units to print their own flyers (linked below) to ask for donations. If you would like to print out flyers, there are two files to choose from:

One per page

Two per page

Units should plan to distribute the door hangers in their neighborhoods on Saturday, November 14, 2020, with a request to fill a bag with food. The bags will then be picked up by the unit on Saturday, November 21st.

COVID-19 CONSIDERATIONS

Each unit committee, and family participating in Scouting for Food needs to determine if participating in Scouting for Food is a good fit for their unit and membership. The unit committee should review the Restart Scouting Checklist and establish protocols and procedures for your unit.

Scouting for Food will be de-centralized and units will be making specific arrangements with local food pantries in their specific communities to find a receiving agency for the food they collect using this site. If a unit has a chartering organization or knows of an organization that would benefit from receiving the collected food, you are more than welcome to make individual arrangements to deliver the food. We are asking units on the Western Slope to choose a local foodbank or pantry to donate to.

collection of donations

Filled bags should be left out overnight Friday and picked up on the morning of Saturday, November 21, 2020, beginning at 7 a.m.

Units will need to track the total number of bags of food collected and the number of participating Scouts to include on their Scouting for Food report before delivering it to their  receiving organization which they can find using this site.

Each unit should select a Scouting for Food Coordinator and begin planning for a successful food drive.

Reporting Requirements After the Drive

To reach “Gold” status for Journey to Excellence, Packs and Ships must report four service projects each year. Troops and Crews must report six service projects each year.

Log in and report your unit’s JTE service projects here.

Here are some helpful hints for recording your JTE service project hours:

  1. Your Unit ID is the same number used by your unit when recording Internet Advancement. If you do not know this number, please contact the Council Service Center at 303.455.5522.
  2. The Denver Area Council is Council number 061.
  3. Your local unit number must be four (4) digits. If your pack/troop number is only two (2) or three (3) digits, front fill with zeroes i.e. Pack 123 becomes Pack 0123.

CONTACT E-MAIL: Stephany Mesa-Guerra