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The Far East Council, the body that overseas Boy Scouts in the region, earned the “Chief Scout Executive’s Winner’s Circle” award for the second year in a row.

The award, announced by the council late last week, recognizes a council’s membership growth over the previous year.

“This recognition, based on growth in the number of young people served by the council, is important as a measure of making scouting available to our communities,” said Dan Hessman, council president, in a written statement.

The council, based at Camp Zama, Japan, serves Scouts in Japan, South Korea and Okinawa. It grew total membership by 3 percent last year.

The Far East Council was founded in 1945 and serves 3,300 boys and high school-age students. This year, 33 of the 60 councils in the western region earned the award.

“With a gain in packs, troops, crews and posts, our youth have more opportunities to join scouting, or to continue in the program when they arrive at their new duty station,” said Guy Eichsteadt, scout executive, in a statement. “Scouting, especially during the high PCS season, is very valuable in helping boys and families adjust to their new surroundings.”

The council is searching for alumni. Any adult Eagle Scout or former scout with the council is asked to contact them at:

For information about the council’s programs contact the same e-mail address or visit the Web site

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