Mayor Ditslear Hosts Noblesville Scouts To Discuss Local Government, Community


Boy Scouts

Tuesday evenings inside the Noblesville City Hall Council Chambers are typically host to public actions and hearings, but the off week between council meetings was home to a different form of local government – education. The Del-Mi Scouting District held an event on April 2 for local Noblesville scouts, leaders and families to “Meet the Mayor.”

Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear provided his insight on what it is like to be the mayor, his journey to becoming the mayor, and gave scouts an opportunity to ask him their own questions. A former Boy Scout, Ditslear showed off his old uniform and shared stories of campouts when he was a teen – including relocating a mother skunk and her babies that were too close to troop tents.

“Scouting not only prepares our youth with tools and values essential to becoming leaders and active citizens, it provides unique experiences and empowerment,” said Ditslear. “I remember my days of Scouting fondly and hope that today’s members enjoy their time in the program as well.”

The casual event helped Scouts understand local government and how they can do more in the community as citizens. This event also helped earn some of the requirements for the Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge.

“Boy Scouts of America is excited to have the opportunity for our Scouts to meet Mayor Ditslear. What an honor for our Noblesville Scouts to be recognized for their contributions to the community, ask questions about what it’s like to be mayor, and about being a good citizen in the community. But the best part is for them to hear from the mayor about his personal Scouting experiences,” Del-Mi District Executive Elizabeth Tollefson said.

In addition to assisting with popcorn sales and recognizing Scouts at public meetings, the annual Noblesville Mayor’s Breakfast for Scouting in February has raised a total of $738,500 during Ditslear’s four terms.