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Boy Scouts of America, Denver Area 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.

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STEM Scouting

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Description

STEM Scouts is a national pilot program focused on fun ways for girls and boys, grades 3 - 12, to learn more about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Using hands-on activities, STEM Scouts also encourages young minds' natural curiosity and helps build interest in the STEM-related careers that are so crucial to our future economy.

STEM Day Camp is designed as a day camp-based educational experience for boys and girls, grades 3 - 5. The intended purpose of the Day Camp program is to educate participants in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, which are commonly referred to as the "STEM" fields, using experiential learning. The program curriculum relies on hands-on activities and experimentation in a classroom/laboratory setting as a way of demonstrating various applications of the STEM fields.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Evidence of the program success is monitored through Scouting's Journey to Excellence program. Scouting's Journey to Excellence" is the BSA's council performance recognition program designed to encourage and reward success and measure the performance of our units, districts, and councils.

STEM Scouts has seen an increase in youth membership throughout its first year and will continue to grow.

Cub Scouting

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Families
Male Children (5 - 14 years)
Children (4-12 years)
Females

Description

Cub Scouting provides girls and boys in the first through fifth grades with family-centered activities that develop self-esteem and encourage them to do their very best. The program offers fun and challenging activities that promote character development and physical fitness.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Cub Scouts will advance onto the Boy Scouting program which is more adavanced branch of Scouting where they will work towards their Eagle Scout rank.

Boy Scouts

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Families
Male Children (5 - 14 years)
Male Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Description

The Boy Scout program uses the outdoors to teach young men leadership, self-reliance, and ethical decision making. Through the advancement program, a Scout can progress in rank through achievements, gaining knowledge and responsibilities. Earning merit badges provides opportunities for Scouts to be introduced to a lifelong hobby or a rewarding career.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In 2015, the Denver Area Council had 488 Boy Scouts who obtained the rank of Eagle Scout.

Youth learn essential skills on Emergency Preparedness as well. One of our very own Scouts earned the Medal of Merit after performing a rate act of exceptional character.

Cody, who is a Cub Scout, was excited for a trip to the
mountains, his mother ran to grab one last item from the house, and not realizing the car was still in reverse gear, she fell and caught her leg with the car dragging her back to the garage. Cod,y at age nine, jumped into the front seat to take control of the car to save his mom's life.


Venturing

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)
Male Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Description

Venturing provides the opportunity for young women and men to plan and conduct activities related to community service, outdoor high adventure and hobby interests. The purpose of Venturing is to provide experiences to help young people to mature and become responsible and caring adults. Participants learn leadership skills and participate in challenging outdoor activities.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Evidence of the program success is monitored through Scouting's Journey to Excellence program. Scouting's Journey to Excellence" is the BSA's council performance recognition program designed to encourage and reward success and measure the performance of our units, districts, and councils.

Special Needs Scouting

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Disabled
Male Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)
Mentally/Emotionally Disabled
Physically Disabled
Physically Disabled

Description

Our goal for the Denver Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, is to offer Scouting as a viable choice to every young boy. Hundreds of Special Needs boys with varying degrees of mental and/or physical disabilities are currently being served in traditional Scouting units throughout the Denver Metro area. We also offer a Special Needs only Pack 5280 (boys from 1st grade - 5th grade) and Troop 5280 (ages 11 - 18+) to help these young men transition into a traditional unit. For more information regarding these two Special Needs only groups contact Chris Hansen, Cubmaster for Pack 5280 at chris.hansen@imacorp.com or Scoutmaster Norman Kaze for Troop 5280 at 1lee4@comcast.net or view our website at http//www.denverboyscouts.com/special-needs-home/about-us/16046.

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Evidence of Program's Success

There are many wonderful stories of Camp success from accomplishing skills in the swimming pool, accomplishing the overnight trip on their own to riding horses. These Special Needs youth have been able to share with their families their wonderful accomplishments and everyone has been able to see the growth that has occurred in their sons personal, emotional and physical abilities. These stories continue to grow in number, as well as, level of accomplishment as several of our Scouts in the Troop have accomplished the top rank of Eagle.

Scout Outreach Initiative

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Male Children (5 - 14 years)
Male Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

Scouting Outreach Initiative, which is known as the Leadership Assistance Program at the Denver Area Council, uses innovative program delivery methods which reach under-served communities. These programs provide community leadership with a special emphasis to at-risk, under-represented youth. Scouting Outreach works to ensure that all young people have an opportunity to join Scouting, regardless of their socio-economic status, their neighborhood condition, or ethnic background.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Evidence of the program success is monitored through Scouting's Journey to Excellence program. Scouting's Journey to Excellence" is the BSA's council performance recognition program designed to encourage and reward success and measure the performance of our units, districts, and councils.

Exploring

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Disabled, General or Disability unspecified
Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)
Male Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Description

Exploring is a career education program which helps young men and women make informed decisions regarding their future. Local community businesses and organizations initiate an Explorer Post by matching their employees and program resources to the interest of young people in the community. The result is a program where students receive hands-on experiences that help mentor youth in pursuing potential careers early on in their decision making phase from Middle or Junior High and into their High school years. Also helping these Explorer Post youth make the right choices when pursuing higher education.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Many youth that are involved in Exploring chose careers that they first encountered while in Exploring. They give back many service hours to their community and continue to use the skills they obtained in Exploring in their every day lifes.

Learning for Life

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Children ages 5 to 21
Disabled
Ethnic/Racial Minorities - General
Mentally/Emotionally Disabled
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged/Indigent

Description

The Learning for Life program is a subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America organization which provides curriculum based programming for both general education youth and Special Need youth ( with varying degrees of mental and/or physical disabilities) and covers character development, leadership, drug and substance abuse, anti-bullying and cyber intimidation, service learning, life skills, transition and job preparation. Additional services we offer to participating groups include: community and guest speakers, use of camp facilities and ropes courses, service projects, online lesson plans for teachers, and local support and job training opportunities, notification of our Exploring Posts activities, as well as, special events for our Special Needs youth including Fishing Derby and Adventure Day.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Students are well rounded and understand the benefit of the program. As stated above, 67% make better decisions compared to students not receiving the program.

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