Local Boy Scouts and those who support the organization are breathing a sigh of relief after hearing a fundraising company has agreed to stop using the Scout name as part of a recent postal campaign targeting residents throughout the region.

Local Scout administrators recently asked local residents to contact them if they received a letter from Southeastern Legal Foundation seeking donations to defend the Boy Scouts of America against lawsuits from the American Civil Liberties Union.

Area resident John Ewell said he was among those who received a solicitation letter from SLF and planned to forward his copy to local Scout officials as requested.

“They look really official,” Ewell said.

“It really looked good and I was ready to send them $25.”

Scout Executive H. Ray Franks reported Thursday that Shannon Goessling, executive director of SLF, spoke to David Park, legal counsel for the BSA, and reached an agreement for the SLF to discontinue the use of the BSA in its fundraising material.


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