Frequently Asked Questions about Scouting

Boy Scouts of America (BSA)

 

Juneau, Alaska-based Bruce Weyhrauch draws on over three decades of experience to provide informed legal counsel to individuals, businesses, and labor organizations.

A keen outdoorsman, Bruce Weyhrauch has volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) for decades. Here are some FAQs about the BSA.

Q: How much does Scouting cost?
A: Scouting units charge a minimum annual fee of $24. Scouters also pay a one-time uniform fee in addition to occasional other fees for activities such as camping trips.

Q: How often do troops meet?
A: This varies depending on the unit, but will typically be either weekly or bi-weekly. Meetings occur at set locations, usually under the auspices of their chartering organization, with each unit providing a schedule that is suitable to its members.

Q: How do I become a volunteer?
A: Volunteers must submit a $24 annual registration fee along with the completed adult application form found at BeAScout.Scouting.org. The unit for which you’re volunteering can provide additional information.

Toastmasters International’s Smedley Fund

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Smedley Fund
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A resident of Juneau, Alaska, Bruce Weyhrauch provides advice and representation to clients on legal issues relating to fisheries, construction, labor relations, marine pilotage, and natural resources development. Beyond his work, Bruce Weyhrauch is active with Toastmasters International, a nonprofit leadership and communication development organization that operates the Smedley Fund.

Named after Ralph C. Smedley, who founded the organization, the Smedley Fund was established in 1965 with the aim of advancing the Toastmasters mission by researching, creating, and delivering key materials and programs dedicated to leadership and communication issues.

The fund creates opportunities, primarily through the development of the educational resources used by its members. The fund also allows Toastmasters to invest in expansion into new regions and support youth initiatives, such as its Youth Leadership Program.

Further, contributions to the Smedley Fund are often used to help those experiencing hardship, including domestic abuse and homelessness, in addition to providing emergency relief to those who have experienced natural disasters or extreme hardship.

Chapel by the Lake’s Involvement with the Juneau Community

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Chapel by the Lake
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Juneau, Alaska-based attorney Bruce Weyhrauch has owned and operated his law practice since 1998. Outside of work, Bruce Weyhrauch also serves as Trustee and treasurer at Chapel by the Lake, Inc., a church that draws from and supports mission in the Juneau community.

Members of the church provide leadership at Glory Hole, a local center for people dealing with homelessness and that serves meals multiple each month. The church is also involved with Love Inc., which identifies members of the Juneau community in need and leverages pooled church resources to help meet those needs. Chapel by the Lake also offers funding and volunteers to keep this important organization in operation.

The church reaches out to people in need by providing chaplains to patients at Bartlett Regional Hospital and individuals incarcerated at Lemon Creek Correctional Facility. To support elderly population, the church assists in giving services at the Juneau Pioneer Home, a place for senior citizens. To connect with teenagers, the church participates in the Young Life outreach program.

Individuals can learn more about Chapel by the Lake’s involvement with the community, including how to help, at ChapelByTheLake.org.

Boy Scouts Protect Environment through Conservation Good Turn

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Conservation Good Turn
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Juneau, Alaska, resident Bruce Weyhrauch is an Eagle Scout who has been involved with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) as a volunteer for more than five decades. Bruce Weyhrauch has served as both a Cubmaster, den leader, member of the Southeast Council Executive Board, a Citizenship merit badge counselor, and now as the charter representative of Chapel by the Lake to a Boy Scout troop and a Cub Scout pack.

Conservation constitutes a primary platform for one of the elements of the BSA’s outdoor program, environmental conservation. Through scouting, local scout organizations may contact a conservation agency, such as the United States Forest Service or Fish and Wildlife Service, or state conservation agencies, such as the Department of Fish and Game, which help identify conservation service projects in the local community.

Once a project has been agreed upon, the scouting group and agency work together to plan details to ensure that the conservation program is executed smoothly and appropriately managed.

Because many conservation agencies have a major backlog of projects, scouting groups can ease that burden while making a major impact on the community by agreeing to take on one of these initiatives. Projects could include planting grass to prevent erosion, organizing a neighborhood recycling program, or creating a natural resources awareness program.