The Boy Scouts of America is offering Aiken County residents a chance to do their good deed for the day on behalf of local Scout troops. The 2009 Fundraising Campaign for Boy Scouts of Aiken kicks off with a reception and dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church of Aiken. Keynote speaker for the event will be Sen. Shane Massey. Invitations have been mailed to scouting supporters in the Aiken area, and those who wish to attend without an invitation can get on the guest list if they call in no later than Tuesday, according to Yamassee district executive Chap Shearouse. "The foundation of the Boy Scouts of America is the ideal that strong character and the ability to be a leader are necessary to be the best kind of citizen," Shearouse said. "We're a volunteer organization built on the hard work and dedication of many wonderful leaders working to better our community. Without the support of the community, we would not be able to continue the great works of the Boy Scouts of America." "The energy for this is very high, and we sincerely hope this becomes an annual event here in Aiken," Shearouse said. "We realize there are a lot of people in the community who believe in the values of scouting, and we hope they will make a commitment to support scouting so we can continue to offer the benefits of the programs to more and more youth." For more information about the fundraising campaign or to support Aiken County Scouting, call Shearouse at (803) 215-7537 or e-mail Contact Suzanne Stone at