|For over 110 years the Boy Scouts of America has taught our nation’s youth to face adversity, overcome challenges and to do their best! We have faced the Spanish Flu, two world wars, terrorist attacks, and conflicts at home and abroad; now we are Scouting at Home due to the current pandemic. Our mission has not changed through all of this and we are proud to continue instilling values based upon the Scout Oath and Law.|
This week Scouts across the Greater Alabama Council continued earning Merit Badge online and making summer plans. Our Scouts have also been quick to respond to Scouting for Food needs in their neighborhoods, and they have helped neighbors who are lonely, shut-in or who have experienced loss. We also have need within our scouting family, recognizing that youth who are most at-risk and who have the fewest resources quickly lose their support base. These scouts depend on program aides and trained adult mentors from outside their immediate neighborhood for continuity of service. We call this Scoutreach and many in this program do not have devices or internet access at home. Scouting’s outreach effort makes sure that every child has an opportunity to learn, grow and overcome life’s challenges through the time-tested programs of the Boy Scouts of America. It’s not a perfect program delivery system but it works because of those who believe in helping others.
Next week, we will highlight how Scoutreach impacts individuals and local families on the Giving Tuesday Now platform. We will share how scouting teaches perseverance and how a $25 donation will provide lunch for one Cub Scout for a week of day camp. Please check out #givingtuesdaynow on May 5 or DONATE NOW to help us deliver the Scouting promise!