Sioux Council BSA selects 2010-2012 officers

At the Sioux Council Boy Scouts of America annual meeting held in Sioux Falls on May 17, Sioux Council selected their new officers for 2010 to 2012. Selected as Sioux Council president was Arthur Rusch of Vermillion.

Other officers from Southeast South Dakota are Bill Peterson, formerly of Vermillion, who is council vice-president for finance and Kevin Kuhl of Yankton, who is council vice-president for properties.

In 2010, the Boy Scouts of America is celebrating its 100th anniversary in the United States. The purpose of the Boy Scouts of America – incorporated on Feb. 8, 1910, and chartered by Congress in 1916 – is to provide an educational program for boys and young adults to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and to develop personal fitness. Each autonomous local council is chartered by the BSA, which provides program and training aids along the guidelines established by the national executive board and the national charter from Congress.

Each council is governed by an executive board made up of  "Chartered Organization Representatives" who represent each partner organization sponsoring a local scouting unit and members at large selected annually. Sioux Council, with their offices in Sioux Falls, provides scouting opportunities for youths in 61 counties in eastern South Dakota, southwestern Minnesota and northwestern Iowa.

Its Cub Scouting program is open to boys in grades 1 to 5; Boy Scouts are open to young men ages 11-17, and Venturing is open to young men and women ages 14-21. Rusch, who has three sons who became Eagle Scouts, has participated in Scouting as a youth and as an adult volunteer for over 45 years.

He has been a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award which is the highest award given to adult volunteers at the council level. Kuhl has also recived the Silver Beaver award.

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