Ross County ScoutReach
Simon Kenton Council, Boy Scouts of America
The Simon Kenton Council, Boy Scouts of America, serves 18 counties – 17 in Ohio and one in Kentucky. Ross County, Ohio, is a largely rural county in Appalachia situated about halfway between Columbus and the Ohio River. Its largest city is Chillicothe, with a population of about 21,000. Per the U.S. Census Bureau, the median household income in Ross County, in 2016 was $44,587. While 18.6% of the population lives in poverty, that jumps to 27.2% for children under age 18, also per the U.S. Census Bureau. This is a program to provide the proven benefits of the Scouting program to some of the most disadvantaged Scouts in Ross County. Many of the youth served come from homes affected by poverty, lack of education, parental incarceration or other absence, and adults in the home who work multiple part-time jobs or work shifts that make participation in their children’s school activities difficult. The benefits received include increased comfort with STEM learning (science, technology, engineering and math), improved academic performance, increased pro-social behaviors, a strengthened connection to their community, and an introduction to principles of leadership and self-management. The program provides at least four Cub Scout packs and one Scouts BSA troop that meet onsite at the schools immediately after school, led by stipend program aides, at no cost to participants. Participants are registered in Scouting, uniformed, and provided all the necessary supplies to participate in advancement activities. Transportation and entry costs are provided for field trips and day camp or summer camp experiences.
$30,000  Funded  Inspire