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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.
The Denver Area Council serves the Denver metro area covering ten counties: Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Elbert, Gilpin, Jefferson, and Park Counties. The Denver Area Council continues to grow and currently serves over 55,000 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 55,000 youth in 2014 with over 14,000 attending one of our many camping programs. And every part of Scouting benefited 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 2014 is essential to our ability to expand.
In 2015, the Denver Area Council continues 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 over 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 over 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 Chairman of the Board at the Denver Area Council, 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 55,000 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 2015, 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:
- Creating strategic community partnerships with organizations that will help further our mission to serve Denver's youth.
- Financial investments in our organization to ensure that we can continue as well as expand services.
- Volunteers at the local Unit level and Council level to deliver the character building programs of the Boy Scouts of America.
Learning different ideas and cultures. That is why I think it is so important for this organization to continue to grow. My son is an Eagle Scout. Hind site being what it is, I realized I missed out not finishing Scouting."
- Michael Zopes
Scouting Prepared Me For Life By:
"Scouting has prepared me for life by helping me as a father to provide a path that my sons can follow that provides them a better understanding of morals and ethics."
" Scouting skills have helped me and put me way ahead of the curve during my military experiences, college courses, as well as my everyday life. It has been the networking, and finding ways to work and understand people that I really feel has benefited me that most. The people skills and the life lessons are skills that I always carry with me, and always use."
"Boy Scouts allowed me to come out of my "shell" and finally begin to grow into the man I am today. Boy Scouts taught me how to be more independent, confident, caring, and mentally strong. Even more importantly, Boy Scouts taught me how to be a team-player; a skill that has come in handy in each of the three most important aspects of my life: family, work, and school."
"Along with being raised by great parents in a living home, Scouting laid the foundation of principles and values that I live by - Scouting taught me to care for other people, taught me about my relationship with God, taught me about my place as a citizen in the community, and how to work hard. I am a better leader today because I was a Boy Scout."