The following is a press release from the Boy Scouts of America South Plains Council:

LUBBOCK, Texas (PRESS RELEASE)– The South Plains Council, Boy Scouts of America is hosting their Friends of Scouting fundraising luncheon on Thursday, May 19th at the Fraizer Alumni Pavilion at 11:30 am. Dr. Ben Carson will be the guest speaker.

“We are very grateful to have the support and resources to bring someone like Dr. Carson to Lubbock,” Scout Executive Nathan Baie said. “In addition to hearing Dr. Carson speak, we will be honoring Mayor Dan Pope with the National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award and recognizing Olivia Needham as the first Female Eagle Scout on the South Plains.”

Tickets for the Friends of Scouting luncheon are available to the public and are $50 each. Tickets can be purchased at  or by calling (806) 747-2631.

“Friends of Scouting is our local-level annual giving campaign and is one of our councils’ largest sources of income,” Baie said. “With the money raised through Friends of Scouting, we are able to provide volunteer and staff training, camps, new equipment, recognition for our dedicated leaders, camp scholarships, and so much more. This luncheon is a great way to support our Scouting program on the South Plains.”

The media is invited to attend a Question-and-Answer session with Dr. Carson and Eagle Scout Olivia Needham at 10:30 am on Thursday, May 19th. The Question-and-Answer session will be held at the Frazier Alumni Pavilion on the Texas Tech campus.

The South Plains Council serves over 1,000 families in 20 Counties across the South Plains through Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing and Exploring. For more information on our programs or to get involved, please visit

(Press release from Boy Scouts of America South Plains Council)