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- 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.
Scout Oath: On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times, to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.
Scout Law: A Scout is: trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.
In 1909, Chicago publisher William D. Boyce lost his way in a dense London fog. A boy came to his aid and, after guiding the man, refused a tip, explaining that as a Scout he would not take a tip for doing a Good Turn. This gesture by an unknown Scout inspired a meeting with Robert Baden-Powell, the British founder of the Boy Scouts. As a result, William Boyce incorporated the Boy Scouts of America on February 8, 1910.
This year, the Denver Area Council celebrates 100 years of Scouting in the Denver Metro area. An estimated 3,000,000 youth have participated in our programs during this time and we look forward to the next 100 years impacting the lives of million more. The Denver Area Council continues to grow and currently serves over 53,000 youth and over 10,000 adult volunteer leaders.
The vision of the Denver Area Council is to help build a community of character through the following:
* Afford all youth in the Denver Metro area the opportunity to participate in Scouting through one of our many diverse programs.
* Partner with community based organizations to deliver mentoring programs using Scouting methodology.
* Train young people in citizenship, community service, and leadership.
* Instill and develop in young people values and ethical character traits as expressed in the Scout Oath and Law.
* Offer young people responsible, age-appropriate fun and adventure.
Executive Director Statement
Dear Investment in Character Donor,
There is significant momentum at the Denver Area Council. We served over 53,000 youth in 2012 with over 15,856 attending one of our many camping programs. And every part of Scouting benefitted from philanthropic support - our outreach programs, our properties, our training programs and all of our traditional programs. In addition, our modern council headquarters has streamlined our operation and created significant efficiencies for both our staff and volunteer leaders. We have one of the best Scout shops in the country. Our ability to provide affordable programming to so many of Denver's young people is essential to Scouting's survival. Your continued support in 2013 is essential to our ability to expand.
In 2013 we are celebrating 100 years of Scouting in Denver, we continue to be driven by the desire to make possibilities into realities, so that the best is in each young person is brought out. Boy Scout programs are designed to support young people's spirits and dreams through challenges and encouragement. For 100 years in Denver, we have created a strong foundation of leadership, service, and community for millions of America's youth. We celebrate this legacy as we reaffirm our commitment to inspire and prepare future generations. Scouting has brought families together for 100 years in Denver to prepare America's youth to live, work, and play with character and integrity in both our communities and business world.
I hope you enjoy learning more about their successes.
John G. Cabeza
Board Chair/President Statement
Hello, my name is Doug Jones and I am the President of the Denver Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. You may just be learning about or perhaps you have already experienced the great things that happen when youth are involved in Scouting. Studies have shown that youth who participate in and are exposed to the principals of Scouting are more likely to succeed in life, perform better in school and have better self esteem and confidence.
These principals and important life changing lessons are taught week after week by volunteers and parents like you in hundreds of Scout meetings throughout our Council. The Denver Area Council covers 10 counties throughout the Denver Metro area and serves over 53,100 youth members with the help of more than 10,000 adult volunteer leaders.
Even with all of this grass roots support, you may be interested to know that it actually costs the council over $280 per scout each year to bring the scouting program to our community. Kids from the suburbs to the inner city are all benefiting from the ideals of scouting and growing into the new leaders we so desperately need. Scouting really is the great equalizer. Any child that participates in our program stands a much better chance of defining and reaching their goals. That is why your generous investment is so critical.
Many Critical council benefits will result from your support of our Investment in Character Campaign:
- The maintenance and upkeep of Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch which is now over 3,300 acres in Elbert, Colorado
- Continuing the future development of Camp Tahosa, our high adventure base located at the base of the Indian Peaks Wilderness area in Boulder County.
- Maintaining a supply of free literature, forms and certificates.
- Keeping records of training and advancement for each volunteer and scout within the
- Assisting our Unit Leaders in providing full time Camp Rangers at our camps and providing many full time staff persons at the Scout office who are working tirelessly to continue to bring scouting to our community.
- And by providing numerous educational and training programs to help the thousands of adult volunteers.
By investing in this campaign, it will ensure that we will continue to have a quality program in 2013, and will continue to ensure that the values and morals of the Boy Scouts of America will continue in your community. God Bless you and your family, and God Bless the Boy Scouts of America.
The most urgent needs for the Denver Area Council are;
- Volunteers at the Unit and Council level to deliver the character building programs of the Boy Scouts of America.
- Financial investments in our organization to ensure that we can continue as well as expand services.
- Expanding community partnerships with organizations that will help further our mission to serve Denver's youth.