The Greater New York Councils, Boy Scouts of America has helped over five million young people become “Prepared for Life.
Greater New York Councils, Boy Scouts of America
NYC SCOUTING AND EXPLORING: AN OVERVIEW
Cub Scouts: Over 5,300 boys and girls in first through fifth grades learn important life skills in this volunteer-led program such as teamwork, financial literacy, civic engagement, fitness and nutrition, and doing one’s best, while working with caring mentors. In 2018 we began welcoming girls in Cub Scouts. Hands-on activities such as the Pinewood Derby promote creativity and teach new skills, while field trips and community service help Scouts explore our city’s culture and environment.
Scouts BSA: Over 3,500 young men and women from sixth grade to age 18 meet weekly with volunteer leaders for outdoor adventure activities, life skills, fitness, and character development. The merit badge system helps Scouts explore sciences, crafts, sports, business, and future careers. Participants practice civic engagement, performing hundreds of thousands of community service hours each year. In 2020 we celebrated our first class of female Eagle Scouts!
Scoutreach: To make Scouting more available and accessible to NYC’s diverse communities, Scoutreach engages 5,000 boys and girls in low-income, high-risk neighborhoods in a year-round after-school Cub Scouting program with highly trained program leaders. We also just began a pilot program offering Scoutreach in homeless family residences as well. Scoutreach levels the playing field and addresses the achievement gap for at-risk youth by offering a safe haven year-round with educational and enrichment activities.
Exploring: Nearly 6,000 young men and women ages 14-20 engage in this worksite-based career education program offering a wide variety of industry placements with prestigious partners in law enforcement, health care, real estate, public administration, and finance. Business professionals provide mentoring and firsthand industry experience, and lead hands-on workplace projects to help students prepare for the career of their choice.
Venturing: Over 200 young men and women ages 14-20 learn about leadership and teamwork in Venturing Crews through outdoor activities that emphasize leadership, fitness, ecology, and service.
Outdoor Programs and Camps:
The Greater New York Councils owns and operates three outstanding camp facilities where children can experience a life-changing week in the outdoors: Pouch Scout Camp on Staten Island, Alpine Scout Camp in New Jersey, and Ten Mile River Scout Reservation in upstate New York. We provided outdoor adventures for over 75,000 young people year-round, including day trips, weekend campouts, and school vacation camps. Each year, over 7,000 children attended long-term summer camp.