A Green Bay Packers Hall-of-Famer was in La Crosse tonight to speak to local boy scouts. Lynn Dickey, quarterback from 1976-1985, attended the Gateway Area Council’s annual golden eagle dinner at the waterfront restaurant.
Green Bay Packers hall of fame quarterback Lynn Dickey says his favorite part of being a boy scout growing up, was cooking on the campfire.
“The hamburger in the tinfoil with some potatoes and carrots and veggies and you throw it in the fire… I still remember how good that was to eat when you’re camping out at night. That was really, really good. I need to try that again.”
Dickey now lives in Kansas but says there’s something special about returning to Wisconsin.
There’s something about the people in Wisconsin. It’s different. They have more of a passion for life and a zest to help one another.
But tonight, the gateway area council of boy scouts has another reason to celebrate. They recently were ranked the 8th best boy scout council out of 273 nationwide.
“We have tremendous volunteers, we have tremendous community support, and we have a tremendous staff that delivers a high quality program. Eighty percent of the youth in scouting in our community stay in the program.”
The councils were ranked on things like membership retention, outdoor programs, and financial strength.
This particular council has been around for 90 years. Today it serves over 2600 boys in the coulee region.
“I’ve learned a lot about leadership and service to the community and to the nation. There’s a lot of merit badges and things that you do to teach you all of those things.”
The gateway area council was ranked number four in the nation just a few years ago… Now they’re working to one day be ranked number one.
In La Crosse, Erin O’Brien, Fox 25/48 news at nine.