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Minnesota National Guard
Maj. Gen. Nash takes on Double Dog Dare

To most, the Boy Scouts of America are known for their popcorn and Christmas wreath fundraisers, but recently a local group went "?off the wall' with a new way to raise funds for the organization 

On Sep 6-7 the Northern Star Council of the Boy Scouts of America in conjunction with Over the Edge, a professional rappelling organization, gave some Twin City locals the chance to rappel off the side of the 22-story Ecolab Corporate building in downtown St Paul, Minn for a good cause 

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"Adults quickly forget how scary it is to be a kid, how scary it is to face life's challenges, especially when you are young,"?said John R Andrews, Scout Executive and CEO of Northern Star Council Boy Scouts of America "This is a demonstration that it is okay to be afraid, but it is not about the fear, but what you do in the face of fear That is why this fundraiser is more than just a fundraiser; it is an example of scouting in action"?

Locally, the event was dubbed the "?Double Dog Dare,' and many took on the challenge Nearly 80 volunteers have each raised the required $1,000 for the opportunity to jump down the side of the 300-foot building The money will go back to the Boy Scouts of America to help support their youth programs Locally, the organization serves 75 thousand boys and girls in a 25 county area in Minnesota and Wisconsin

Video: State Adjutant General Takes on Double Dog Dare

There were many distinguished guests invited to participate in the event as well To include to include the Timberwolves mascot "Crunch,"? multiple local television anchors and Minnesota Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Richard Nash

"The military and the Boy Scouts have a special relationship and it is important that we in the National Guard support scouting whenever we can," ?said Maj. Gen. Nash "Many of those who serve in uniform first developed their patriotism, ethical conduct and physical fitness through serving Today was a fun way to highlight the importance of our bond"?

The bond and commonality between the boy scouts and the military service is prevalent in many ways with the determination, personal courage and conquering personal fear that a majority of the participants possessed during the event

It's all about a structured environment, service to country, opportunities to achieve, personal discipline many of the same characteristics as Service members, I think that is why every branch of the military highly values eagle scouts because they know that young man comes to the military more prepared, said Andrews

For more information about the fundraiser, visit wwwCraziestFundraiserEverorg For more information about the Minnesota National Guard, visit www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org

By Staff Sgt Lynette Hoke
Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs
September 6, 2012

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