Boy Scouts of America Minsi Trails Council Honors PPL President Bill Spence

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PBS39 celebrates the accomplishments of Boy Scouts of America Minsi Trails Council. Minsi Trails Council provides leadership and character development programs to nearly 17,000 youth through 5,500 adult volunteers in the Lehigh Valley and beyond. The Council serves young people throughout the Anthracite Region, Pocono Mountains, and Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania along with Western New Jersey. The Council serves six counties: Lehigh, Northampton, Monroe, Carbon, Luzerne, and Warren (NJ) counties. The local Scouting heritage dates back more than 100 years, when the Council's first Scout troops were established in the Allentown and Easton areas.

At the 2015 Lehigh Valley Leadership Dinner held on May 27th, Minsi Trails Council honored PPL Corporation Chairman, President and CEO Bill Spence with the 2015 Distinguished Citizen Award.

“It’s an incredible honor, and I really accept the honor on behalf of all my PPL colleagues,” says Spence. “PPL’s had a long history with the Minsi Trails Council. We’ve been supporting them for many years, and we really value what they can bring to the community, in terms of nurturing our youth and providing them with the skills to really be good citizens.”

PPL actively supports Scoutreach, a program to help ensure that all boys have an opportunity to join Scouting, regardless of their circumstances or economic situation. Minsi Trails Council, through funding provided by generous supporters such as PPL, provides Scouting program materials, camping opportunities, uniforms, and program leadership to many youth from disadvantaged families. Scoutreach has been a major program focus for Minsi Trails Council since 2002, and serves nearly 1,500 young people in Lehigh, Northampton, Monroe, and Luzerne counties. Scoutreach is typically an after-school program that provides a safe environment for young people to gain the character and leadership development benefits of Scouting programs, right in their own schools.

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