Remembering Joan Rivers, a friend of Scouting

Joan-Rivers-Cub-ScoutsThough her comedy was rarely Scout-appropriate, Joan Rivers, who died today at age 81, was a friend of Scouting.

In New York City, the comedian and TV host helped raise camperships so Scouts in the Greater New York Councils could attend summer camp.

Without these camperships, the boys would’ve missed out on the life-changing experiences you only find in Scouting.

In the photo below, Joan can be seen meeting with Cub Scouts at the Manhattan Council’s annual Campership Dinner in 2011. Manhattan Council is part of the BSA’s Greater New York Councils.

The Cub Scouts look quite delighted to meet her — just like she delighted millions over the years.

Rest in peace, Joan.


H/T: Thanks to Greater New York Councils Scout Executive Ethan Draddy for the tip.

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