Occoneechee Scouts Honor Capitol Broadcasting and Post 50
Capitol Broadcasting Company and the Explorer Post sponsored by CBC subsidiaries WRAZ-TV/FOX50 and the Durham Bulls both received honors at a recent banquet celebrating the Learning for Life program of the Boys Scouts of America. CBC and Paul Pope, its VP of Community Affairs, hosted the banquet for the local division of the Scouts, the Occoneechee Council.
CBC VP of Community Relations Paul Pope (center) & Durham Bulls Media Director Aaron Bare (right) accepted the Sponsor of the Decade Award from Scouts executive Patrick Heffran.
CBC was named the Sponsoring Organization of the Decade for its work with Post 5 & Post 50.
Aaron Bare (center) accepted the Post of the Year Award on behalf of POST 50 along with co-advisor Ken Bland (right). The Learning For Life/Explorer Program Executive Director Patrick Heffran made the presentation.
For the event, WRAL’s studio A was transformed to a scouting jamboree of sorts. The annual Occoneechee Council of the Boy Scouts of America – Learning for Life Recognition Banquet took place on Thursday, May 2, 2002. Some eighty-five adult advisors and explorers were in attendance. The members of Explorer Post 5 – Learning for Life program served as co-hosts and treated the visitors with a tour of the television station.
CBC itself was the big winner of the night. The Scouts awarded CBC with the “Learning for Life Sponsoring Organization of the Decade” and named the Durham Bulls/WRAZ Post 50 the “Explorer/Learning for Life Post of the Year.” Post advisor and Durham Bulls Director of Media Affairs Aaron Bare and long time Post-5/Post-50 volunteer advisor Ken Bland accepted the award.
The Occoneechee Council serves 12 North Carolina counties with Learning for Life – In School programs and an Explorer program with over 20 active Posts.
We Need You…..
WRAL-TV Post 5 and Durham Bulls/WRAZ Post 50 are always seeking adult volunteers. You do not have to have a broadcast background, just be willing to devote a few hours a month to assist in training and supervision. Contact Clarence Williams or Aaron Bare.
Current Post 5 volunteer advisors include Williams, Bare, Ken Bland, WRAL-TV/FOX50 Anchor Ken Smith & Clarence Knowles.
Learning for Life provides programs designed to support schools and other youth-serving organization in their efforts towards preparing youth to successfully handle the complexities of today’s society and to enhance their self-confidence, motivation, and self-worth. The career exploration program also helps youth develop social and life skills, assists in character development, and help them formulate positive personal values.
Exploring is a worksite-based program that gives young people an opportunity to visit community organizations and explore the dynamics of various careers.
Explorer Post 5 was founded in 1975 by Jim Goodmon, President and CEO of CBC and then WRAL-TV engineer Powell Kidd. Post 5 is the oldest continuous post in the country. Hundreds of youngsters have been introduced to broadcasting through the post and a number of current outstanding employees got their start in the post. Photographer/Reporter Rick Armstrong, Chief Photographer Richard Adkins, award winning photographer Keith Baker and WRAL Master Control Operator Tom Bland…and many, many more who are working throughout the country.
Explorer Post 50 in Durham, produces and broadcast all of the Durham Bulls home games. The provide highlights to WRAL sports and other broadcast outlets.
Find out more about the Exploring/Learning for Life Program at: www.occlearningforlife.org.