Bastian Attends Record-Breaking Fundraiser to Support Boy Scouts

by User Not Found | Jan 03, 2011
Bastian contributed to the record-breaking Governor’s Luncheon for Scouting held at Conseco Fieldhouse and also hosted a tour of the company’s robotics division for a Boy Scout troop in St. Louis.

Indianapolis, IN – On December 13, employees from Bastian Material Handling attended the 15th Annual Governor's Luncheon for Scouting held at Conseco Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis. The Bastian Solutions employees enjoyed the luncheon, hosted by Boy Scouts of the Crossroads of America Council, and contributed to the record-breaking $1,089,701 raised to benefit Scouting and Scout programs in Central Indiana.

This year's luncheon also introduced the Governor Mitch Daniels' Scout Camp Fund. With the establishment of the program, Scouts from underserved areas of the state will receive the opportunity to attend Scout camp at a significantly reduced cost.

"The Boy Scouts play an important role in developing future male leaders for business, military, NASA, and the government," said Bill Bastian II, President of Bastian Solutions. "Because of the organization's ability to develop such leaders, it is important to Bastian Solutions to support the organization, but more importantly the youth involved."

In early December, Bastian Robotics in St. Louis hosted a local Boy Scout troop; seventeen Scouts, siblings, and parents toured the facility and participated in a question and answer session with Bastian Solutions engineers.

During the tour, the Scouts were able to see roughly a dozen industrial robots performing a variety of tasks, including palletizing and de-palletizing, machine tending, and a very sophisticated, dual robot that picks from a racking system. Since many of the Scouts were involved in Lego© Mindstorm activities and a local FIRST© Robotics competition, they had more than a casual interest in robotics. Thus, following the tour much time was spent discussing an educational path toward a career in robot integration and mechatronics.

"The Scouts really impressed us with their knowledge and keen interest in robotics," said Brian Etter, a field sales engineer at Bastian Robotics. "One Scout even asked how he could get one of our robots for Christmas!"

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About Bastian Material Handling:
Bastian Material Handling (Bastian Solutions), based out of Indianapolis, Indiana, is one of the largest independent, material handling system integrators in the U.S. Since 1952, Bastian Solutions has been an innovator in the field of material handling and controls and has now grown to include offices in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, and India. For more information on the company, visit

About Bastian Robotics

Bastian Robotics is a leading robotics system integrator located in St. Louis, Missouri. Since 2005, the company has specialized in vision systems, force sensing, automated palletizing solutions, and high speed picking, while also providing expertise in, engineering, manufacturing, and complimentary robotics consulting. For more information, visit