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SCOUTING, AN OPPORTUNITY FOR EVERY CHILD

Today, young people are faced with many challenges including fragile families and disintegrating neighborhoods.Scouting, by emphasizing ethics and moral values, addresses many of the social concerns of parents and youth in our country. Scouting prepares urban and rural youth to be leaders, to accept responsibility, and to care about principles and causes beyond their own self-interest. ScoutReach is the Buckeye Council’s commitment to making sure that all young people have an opportunity to join Scouting regardless of circumstances, neighborhood or ethnic background. ScoutReach meets the development needs of youth in urban and rural settings through a well-defined program based on values, learning by doing, fun, and positive role models.

 BENEFITS OF SCOUTING

Scouting provides youth with an opportunity to try new things, provide service to others, build self-confidence, and reinforce ethical standards. These opportunities not only help them when they are young but also carry forward into their adult lives, improving their relationships, their work lives, their family lives, and the values by which they live.

PROGRAM                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Our biggest asset in urban and rural neighborhoods is a well-defined program based on values, learning-by-doing, fun, and positive role models.

Cub Scouting. This part of the BSA program is for younger boys. Boys who are in the first grade or are 7 years old are Tiger Cubs; boys in the second and third grades or who are 8 or 9 years old are Cub Scouts; and boys who are in the fourth and fifth grades or are 10 years old are Webelos Scouts. The emphasis is on family-centered activities, group activities, learning, and fun.

Boy Scouting. This part of the BSA program is for boys and young men not yet 18 years old, and who are at least 11 or have completed the fifth grade. Boy Scouts advance through Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, and Life ranks to Eagle Scout. The emphasis is on outdoor activity, learning skills, developing leadership ability, and service.

Venturing. This youth-development program of the BSA is for young men and women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years of age. Venturing's purpose is to provide positive experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults.

Venturing is based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth, adult leaders, and organizations in their communities. Local community organizations establish a Venturing crew by matching their people and program resources to the interests of young people in the community. The result is a program of exciting and meaningful activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, grow, develop leadership skills, and become good citizens.

OUTDOOR EDUCATION

In the outdoors, boys have opportunities to acquire skills that make them more self reliant. They can explore hiking trails, fishing and complete challenges they first thought were beyond their ability. Attributes of good character become part of a boy as he learns to cooperate to meet outdoor challenges that may have unexpected circumstances. Scouts plan and carry out activities with thoughtful guidance from their leaders. Good youth leadership, communication and team work enable them to achieve goals they have set for themselves.

 Learning by doing is a hallmark of outdoor education by offering information and knowledge used on outdoor adventures throughout the year. A leader may describe and demonstrate a Scouting skill as a meeting, but the way Scouts truly learn outdoor skills is to do it themselves on an outing.

Exercise and fitness are part of the outdoor experience. As Scouts hike, swim, paddle, climb, bike or ride, their muscles become toned and their aerobic capacity increases.

PROGRAM PARTNERS

Allen Elementary
Belden Elementary
Cedar Elementary
Clarendon Elementary
Dueber Elementary
Fairmount Elementary
Gibbs Elementary
Harter Elementary
Mason Elementary
McGregor Elementary
Schreiber Elementary
Belle Stone Elementary
Worley Elementary
Youtz Elementary
Crenshaw Middle School
Hartford Middle School
Lehman Middle School
Arts Academy at Summit
Garfield Academy
Heartbeat to the City
YMCA of Downtown Canton

RECOGNITIONS

Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award

This national award is used by councils to recognize outstanding service by an adult individual or by an organization in the development of Scouting for rural or low-income urban youth. Sometimes this award helps councils recognize "unsung heroes"—people who might not otherwise receive recognition for exceptional service to disadvantaged youth.

The Spirit of Scouting Award

The Spirit of Scouting Award is designed for presentation to a noteworthy individual who has performed exceptional and unusual service to young people in urban and rural America over a long period. The award is presented to individuals at the unit level and to people of all races and income levels.

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The Order of the Arrow ScoutReach Mentoring Program is a joint effort of the national Scoutreach Division of the Boy Scouts of America and the Order of the Arrow. Its purpose is to identify and assist urban and rural Scout troops whose camping and advancement programs are below standard.

 

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