The Excellence in Scouting FundPURPOSE The Blaine Billinger Excellence In Scouting Fund is a non-profit organization, and was created to promote scouting in a positive way, and to assist scouts who may not otherwise be able to participate in scouting activities and events. The fund is twofold in purpose: (a) affords scouts the opportunity to obtain sponsorship for miscellaneous scouting activities. (b) It promotes secondary education in an institution of higher learning. THE SPONSORSHIP is available to scouts (ages 8-18) in good standing based on financial need for camps, jamborees and miscellaneous scouting activities.THE EDUCATIONAL FUND is open to all Boy Scouts in the United States who have achieved the rank of Life or Eagle Scout. Proceeds from the fund can be used for books, tuition or other educational expenses at the undergraduate or graduate levels at Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas. Eligible candidates must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and have held the rank of Life or Eagle Scout prior to attending the university. Scholarships will be determined by a committee based on recommendations from individual scoutmasters within various councils throughout the United States. Recipients will be chosen by a committee of five including former Eagle Scouts or leaders.Please note, the Blaine Billinger Excellence In Scouting Fund is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.Donations can be made to:Blaine Billinger Excellence In Scouting FundGolden Plains Credit UnionPO Box 99Hays, KS 67601Blaine Billinger began his scouting journey at age 7 as a cub scout. He remained active in troop activities throughout his school years, attending many camps in Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico, including the Philmont Scout Ranch, America's largest high-adventure camp. In 1998, as a high school junior, he earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Blaine enjoyed the outdoors and was a member of Troop 113 in Hays, Kansas. He also cherished his scouting experience thanks to the guidance and friendship of his leader Bob Dreher, whom he admired and respected.On September 17, 2011, while riding his mountain bike, Blaine collapsed and passed away after suffering Sudden Cardiac Death. Ironically, the first person to come to his aid was stranger and fellow Eagle Scout Zack Schopper, who cared for Blaine until paramedics arrived. Tragically, Blaine did not survive.Blaine's parents wish to honor him and celebrate his life and have created the Blaine Billinger Excellence In Scouting Fund. The purpose of the fund is to aid scouts with scholarship dollars for education and assist youth needing financial assistance to participate in various scouting activities. Ken and Patty wish to thank family members and friends who have tirelessly and generously supported this mission. Through the efforts of our volunteers and donors, Blaine’s memory is eternal.