Geneva Steel has helped fill local Boy Scout coffers by donating $20,000 to the Utah National Parks Council, the largest single donation to the council's fund drive so far this year.

E.B. "Bud" Patten, senior vice president and chief operating officer at Geneva, presented the check to Ben E. Lewis, Scout council president, during a recent meeting at the steel plant.The funds raised will be used to meet operating expenses, including funding of special programs sponsored by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

The national and local councils of the Boy Scouts have pledged to play a key role in combating drug abuse, illiteracy, child abuse and unemployment.

Money earned during the fund drive will go to help these programs and to repair and upgrade the five existing Scout camps in the council, improve training programs for Scouting leaders and to meet the cost of inflation.

The Utah National Parks Council is second among the nation's more than 400 councils in total number of registered Scout groups.