Sponsorship & Expansion of the CIT & SPL Program
Boy Scouts of America, Greater Cleveland Council
The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. The purpose of the Boy Scouts of America, founded in 1910 and chartered by Congress in 1916, is to provide an outdoor-based leadership and educational program for youth ages 6-21 years to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship and to develop personal fitness. Elements of the Scouting program include camping and adventure, youth leadership training, caring and nurturing relationships with adults and peers, and positive, educational and creative uses of time in a fun-filled and adventurous setting. Boy Scouts of America is the only youth organization chartered by Congress as an educational program. Boy Scout summer camp is an integral part of a Scouts’ experience. They learn leadership skills, learn about the outdoors, grow personally and have fun. It is an opportunity to earn merit badges and to participate in activities not available during a typical weekend campout. Summer camp also provides the environment to gain confidence by trying something scary and overcoming that fear. It is where life long memories are created while sharing a week with troop mates. Three years ago, the counselor-in-training and senior patrol leader (CIT & SPL) programs were created. The goals of the program were twofold: 1.) identity and create a funnel of future staff members who embrace the ideas and value of a summer camp, and 2.) provide opportunities to use and perfect leadership skills and methods. The CIT program also allows a Scout to pay his way to camp. The long term results of sponsorship and expansion of the CIT & SPL programs are more Boy Scouts attending summer camp staffed by “home grown” talent. Sponsorship of these programs would allow scarce financial resources to be used elsewhere. As camp staff improves, so does the attendance at summer camp and participation in this program.
$25,350  Funded  Inspire