The San Gabriel Valley Boy Scout’s Annual Expo was held recently at the Santa Anita Race Track. Participating in the Expo was the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, sponsored by the Church of Scientology Pasadena. The Foundation was invited to participate by Charlie Wilson, the Rose Bowl district manager for San Gabriel Valley Boy Scout Council, after he attended a recent drug forum.
Drug education is a requirement for Scouts to fulfill their second-class rank: “Participate in a school, community, or troop program on the dangers of using drugs, alcohol, and tobacco and other practices that could be harmful to your health. Discuss your participation in the program with your family,” is the instruction given to Scouts.
“We applaud the Boy Scouts’ work in educating youth on the dangers of drug use and abuse,” said Eden Stein, president of the Church of Scientology in Pasadena. “The ‘Truth about Drugs’ booklets form part of a successful drug education initiative in the San Gabriel Valley and we’re delighted to make this program available to the Boy Scouts.”
The Foundation volunteers who manned the booth made the booklets available in English and Spanish to Scouts and the public attending the Expo. The booth also had a mini theater set up where 20 minutes of the “Truth about Drugs” DVD was screened every 30 minutes.