Jackman Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts are the first in Maine to receive the Scout Patriot Award which is a program designed to educate Scouts about our Founding Father George Washington, according to a news release from Charles Mahaleris, Scouting Advancement chairman.

This new program was rolled out in September and will be available to all Scouts in Somerset, Kennebec, Lincoln, Knox and Franklin counties this year. Other areas have the option to add this program at a later date.

Each year will focus on a different Founding Father with Thomas Jefferson being scheduled for the 2017-2018 Scouting year.

The last requirement was to do a project in the community and the Scouts in Jackman’s Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scout Troop 497 gave a public presentation about Gen. George Washington during the Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 10 at the Forest Hills School.

The program is available to Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Explorers, and Scouting volunteers as well with separate requirements for each level of the Scouting program.

“We are hoping all of our Scouts will take part by February in time for Washington’s birthday,” Mahaleris, who created the program, said according to the release. “The Jackman Scouts worked hard to complete all of the requirements so quickly considering it got underway in September. As Washington would say, ‘Tis well.'”