The Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts of Eagle have been busy creating the first ever ever pilot program utilizing online advertising tools to support business leaders in the community while raising funds for Scouting programs. The Buy Local with the Boy Scouts pilot program will officially launch Jan. 2. In the meantime, the project organizers have started a trial run of the fund-raiser to create early feedback from participants while creating a word-of-mouth campaign to gain more community support.“This is just the beginning of a great partnership between the community, the local businesses and the local Scout units. The Scouts want to create a strong community message to buy locally. We are hoping that the whole community will get involved,” said Wayne Nelson, Eagle Troop 222 Assistant Scout Master. How does the fund-raiser work? The concept is simple. Subscribers sign up for free to receive weekly local business promotions. Advertisers pay to be a part of the online campaign. This enables them to connect with their local patrons while supporting Scouting. The Scouts are able to support Eagle businesses and help locals save money while raising funds for their programs. To date, the following merchants have signed up to participate in Buy Local with the Boy Scouts:• The Nearly Everything Store• Columbine Market• Edward Jones Investing• The Dog House Grill• Integra AutoPlex• HP Provisions• Active Communications• Dewey Dabbles in Art• K & L Massage TherapyInterested businesses should contact Wayne Nelson at (970) 376-5848 for additional information.