Part of the strength of Scouting comes from the diversity of the community. Each parent brings their best skills to the group, and each child brings their greatest potential. The parents who make Scouting thrive volunteer to help “regular kids” who live in their neighborhood. They are their own children and their children's friends. Kids that generally look, behave and have the same experiences as any other group of kids across America.
For Scouting to remain relevant we need to meet the needs of young people in our community. Today if you sample 150 Scouts:
3 of those Scouts are on the autism spectrum
54 of those Scouts are from a single parent family
16 of those Scouts have attention deficit disorder
3 of those Scouts are gay
29 of those Scouts live below the poverty level
3 of those Scouts will be homeless for a period of their childhood
32 of those Scouts will suffer from depression during teenage years
1 of those Scouts lives in an abusive family situation
Scouting has always been one of the most effective character and community building programs available. Scouts learn to work together in a real world environment, and often meet and work with others from completely different socio-economic, cultural and racially diverse backgrounds. Scouting in Boston has successfully re- invigorated and is making significant efforts to make urban families a thriving part of our Scouting community. The Templeton Foundation, along with Tufts University, is helping us study the long term character and community building impact of Scouting. The study will follow Scouts from urban Boston MA, Philadelphia PA and Phoenix AZ. This three-year study will focus on our performance and ability to engage and retain youth in urban environments.
To better meet the needs of our community, our grand opening for The New England Base Camp and Camp Sayre will occur this fall. This is another unique and long anticipated project that is designed to engage more parents and create a community of families dedicated to raising a generation of young leaders capable of meeting the personal and global challenges they will encounter during their adult life. That ambitious goal begins with a simple fun afternoon in the outdoors for every family. By creating this outdoor family attraction conveniently located in the center of the Greater Boston market we will provide unique quality family time, develop an appreciation for environmental sustainability, health and the outdoors, tell the Scouting story and increase Scouting recruitment and retention.
This is the generation Scouting serves. Scouting gives the parents the additional specific community support and resources to effectively help all youth. The Scouting community works with you to help develop specific programs to help your child can be his or her best, while remaining an integral part of the larger community.
Thanks, Hope to see you at camp.