Scoutreach Program Support
Boy Scouts of America, Lake Erie Council
Scoutreach is a term that encapsulates the Council’s outreach efforts in service to our areas most at-risk, disadvantaged youth in underserved neighborhoods and communities. Historically, program specialists have delivered traditionally based Scouting programming to schools and other partner organizations that have limited access to preventive values based character and educational programming. The highly structured and well-defined nature of Scoutreach programs focus on the acquisition of skills and competencies necessary for success in school and life; and address some of society’s most pressing issues impacting these young people. The Scoutreach program is currently being delivered to schools in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Scoutreach programming is curriculum driven. The program materials are designed to encompass a boy’s developmental stages, including: physical development, mental development, relationship building strategies, and learning values. Furthermore, it is incrementally based (sequential steps and growth for achieving long term outcomes). Scoutreach programming integrates the following 12 core values: Citizenship, Compassion, Cooperation, Courage, Faith, Health and Fitness, Honesty, Perseverance, Positive Attitude, Resourcefulness, Respect, and Responsibility; which are meant to be developed and experienced in six areas: God, world, country, community, family, and self. Individual and ongoing unit meetings focus on these 12 core values, and extrapolate them to everyday situations the Scout may encounter; and frame them within a variety of contexts. Specific points of focus within a unit meeting may include bullying, drugs and alcohol, personal fitness, healthy habits (eating and exercise), faith, doing the right thing (decision making exercises), resolving conflicts, setting goals, citizenship, and community service – just to mention a few. The Lake Erie Council has recently undertaken a process to restructure our Scoutreach program to better serve these young people. Fundamentally, we are shifting to provide higher levels of program delivery and leadership. With the previous model, we were utilizing part time program aides to deliver the Scoutreach program. Based on available hours within the schools, we experienced high levels of staff turnover, which negatively impacted the consistency of the program. The model we have shifted to will utilize highly skilled educators, teachers, within the schools where the program is delivered. It is our plan to train them so that they effectively learn and can deliver the Scoutreach curriculum. Our full time Scoutreach program staff will coordinate with them weekly. In addition, we have implemented a rewards program which aligns with a similar rewards program the schools are already utilizing, and provides a mechanism, through positive behavior and demonstrable actions, where young people can earn tangible benefits that support them and reinforce Scouting. Points can be earned for attendance, good behaviors and actions, advancing in rank, participating in our popcorn sale, and completing Scouting requirements on their own at home, among others. 30 points earns a Pinewood Derby Car. 90 points earns a sleeping bag for camp. 210 points earns a Cub Scout uniform. 400 points earns a trip to Day Camp. Overarching, the point system empowers Scouts to control their own destiny, and provides an opportunity, through good behaviors, actions and deeds, to earn things that support and reinforce the Scouting program, which also reinforces achievement. In 2018, the Boy Scouts of America introduced the Family Scouting program which for the first time in Scouting’s history, allows girls of Cub Scout age to participate in the Cub Scout program. It is our plan to serve our areas most at-risk, disadvantaged boys and girls through the Scoutreach program in the near future. Currently, the program is only serving boys.
$50,000  Funded  Inspire