Your investment in Scouting makes a real and lasting difference in the lives of our Scouts and their families. Here are just a few quotes from parents about the impact of the program:
"We went into scouts reluctantly with our two boys, and it has been the best thing that has ever happened to our family. It allows us to work together as a family unit in activities that help them develop into stronger, more morally sound and civically minded young men. We love scouting and are proud to be a part of the program."
"Most of the things my son has learned stem from the interactions with the diverse group of poeple in our pack. The majority of the "scout craft" are things we would probably have covered with him. The wonderful diversity in our pack, however, couldn't have been replicated elsewhere."
"I believe Scouting has provided an excellent venue for my son to learn new things. Because Scouting exposes him to such a diverse array of experiences, he has the opportunity to practice and learn about things both within and outside his comfort zone."
"Cannot state how strongly my wife and I value what our son gains through Scouting. I also need to stress how much I, as a parent and an Adult Volunteer gain through my experience with Scouting."
So what are the programs that make this kind of impact on our young people and their families?
The goal of Boy Scouts of America programming is to train youth in responsible citizenship, character development and self-reliance through participation in a wide range of outdoor activities, educational program and, at older levels, career oriented programs in partnership with community organizations.
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. Core to those is the promise to do their best, to help others, and to exemplify values including being trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.
The Blue Grass Council provides the Scouting programs to more than 8,600 youth across 55 counties of Kentucky. These programs include:
Cub Scouts which is a family-focused program for boys 6-11. Cub Scouts learn respect, citizenship, responsibility and experience positive affirmation of their learning through earning rank advancements.
Boy Scouts which is for boys 11-18. The Boy scout program is build around outdoor activities with an emphasis on learning values, citizenship, and a whole range of life skills. Scouts earn merit badges which lead to advancements while participating in challenging activities.
Venturing is a co-ed program for youth 14-20 focusing on high adventure activities and advanced leadership training.
Exploring is a co-ed program for youth 14-20 focusing on hands-on career exploration.