Scouting has stood the test of time and it continues to be a wonderful outlet for young people that provides great opportunities for the development of the whole person.
Through participation in these programs our youth develop self-confidence, team work and leadership skills that will stay with them on life‘s journey.
The Boy Scouts and Camp Fire program were started in 1910. Two years later the Girl Scouts was born. For over a hundred years, scouting programs have provided guidance and opportunity for developing the youth in our community .In our area Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Camp Fire USA are all active programs. The scouting programs thrive and serve because of dedicated volunteers. Read on and decide which program you can give a few hours of your time to.
Boy Scouts of America have been around for 103 years. Just think of the number of young people who have been exposed to the Scouting programs that help shape their lives. The focus of Boy Scouts programs is to develop good citizenship, build character, and develop personal fitness. There are many more young people waiting for the opportunity to participate in Scouting and to explore their world.
Boy Scouts can engage boys as young as 7 years of age in Cub Scouts. For those boys between 11 and 14 there is Boy Scouting. Venturing is a program for boys and girls 14-20 that helps these maturing adolescents develop into responsible and caring adults. If you would like more information on the volunteer opportunities with the Boy Scouts call 816-942-9333 or visit the web site at www.hoac-bsa.org.
Girl Scouts builds the courage, confidence and character of young women who will one day help make the world a better place for us all. Since 1912, Girl Scouts has helped girls develop qualities that will serve them all their lives: strong values, a social conscience and conviction about their own potential and self-worth.
With the volunteer help of caring adults, girls 5-17 can participate in the fun and enriching experiences of being a Girl Scout. To find out more about the volunteer opportunities available in Girl Scouting, call 816-358-8750 or checkout the web site at www.girlscoutsksmo.org.
Camp Fire USA has been a leader in youth development since 1910. Its mission is to build caring, confident youth who will be our future leaders. Camp Fire USA Heartland Council has innovative programs that teach self-reliance, community service, and environmental education to boys and girls 3-18 years of age.
Camp Fire has Before and After-school programs, Club programs, Teens in Action, Hold on to Health and Community Education Programs. These programs are possible only through the efforts of dedicated volunteers. For more information on how you can volunteer call 913-285-2010 or visit the web site at www.campfireusa.org.
For more information on how you can give, advocate and volunteer, contact me at 913-371-3674 or email@example.com. You can find volunteer opportunities by checking out the website, www.unitedway-wyco.org and click on Volunteer.
Diane Hentges is director of the Volunteer Center at the United Way of Wyandotte County.