The annual Friends of Scouting Breakfast fundraiser was held Wednesday morning at the Church of Christ raising more than $11,000.


Boy Scouts have been a tradition in the United States to mold boys and girls, into productive citizens of society by instilling values through a structural program that enhances youth in leadership skills for over a century.


This year the guest speaker was State Representative J.M. Lozano, a South Texas native.


"As a (boy) scout your learning responsibilities. Your learning to be trust worthy, to be loyal, to be reverend," Lozano said. "We have a problem right now in our society where very few kids believe in God. They believe in their X-box and so this organization does a tremendous amount of good in our world. It builds enough character. When you look at those who have been boy scouts, who have been eagle scouts, who have been girl scouts there’s a tremendous alumni in that community. It builds enough character, moral strength and courage to one day be the first man to step on the moon."


Even Astronaut Neil Armstrong was a boy scout.


Scouting, as known to millions of youth and adults, evolved during the early 1900s through the efforts of several men dedicated to bettering youth. These pioneers of the program conceived outdoor activities that developed skills in young boys and gave them a sense of enjoyment, fellowship, and a code of conduct for everyday living.


The South Texas Council of the Boy Scouts of America serves nearly 4,400 youth in 17 counties including Duval, Jim Wells and Nueces. The mission of the South Texas Council is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.


The Boy Scouts of America was incorporated to provide a program for community organizations that offers effective character, citizenship, and personal fitness training for youth.


"It instills the basics that are the answers to a lot of the problems in our world," Lozano said.


The BSA endeavors to develop American citizens who are physically, mentally, and emotionally fit; have a high degree of self-reliance as evidenced in such qualities as initiative, courage, and resourcefulness; have personal values based on religious concepts; have the desire and skills to help others; understand the principles of the American social, economic, and governmental systems; are knowledgeable about and take pride in their American heritage and understand our nation`s role in the world; have a keen respect for the basic rights of all people; and are prepared to participate in and give leadership to American society.


The South Texas Council continues to work diligently to raise funds, retain and recruit new members and volunteers to keep the tradition of Boy Scouts alive.