The Pacific Skyline Council is firmly committed to the vision that no youth will be denied the benefit of a Scouting experience due to a lack of money or volunteer adult leadership.
Changing Lives in Our Community
Our goal is to serve an increasing number of at-risk youth and families from our diverse local communities and to develop strong programs for these youth. The Council’s ScoutReach Program provides funding to support packs and troops including hiring paraprofessional staff to serve as Scoutmasters and Cubmasters, and subsidizing registration fees, uniforms, manuals, field trips and camp outings.
The Council’s ScoutReach program has served over 900 youth in 34 Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, and Venturing crews. Our ScoutReach areas include East Palo Alto, Redwood City, East Menlo Park, Daly City, and Half Moon Bay. The Council is fortunate to have partnerships with The Boy’s and Girl’s Club of the Peninsula, Our Second Home of Daly City, American Legion Post #558, St Francis of Assisi, and several after school programs at local elementary schools.
Impact of COVID
The challenges of COVID-19 and resulting shutdown of schools, camps, and businesses had a huge impact our ScoutReach program. Not only could we not have in-person meetings and experiences, but we lost access to meeting locations and key program specialists.
Now that schools and local businesses are re-opening, we are working overtime to re-build and re-engage. We have Charter Partners willing to continue to sponsor units, but we need additional funding for the paid program specialists, camps, uniforms, books, program supplies and meeting spaces. We would like to fund a minimum of 10 ScoutReach programs for the 2021-2022 school year. Please help us continue to bring Scouting to the underserved today
Events and Activities
In addition to providing a weekly program, ScoutReach helps units and youth participate in special events: Gold Rush Adventure, District Camporees, Merit Badge Midways and the Pinewood Derby. Camperships also enable Cub Scouts to attend summer day or overnight camps, and Boy Scouts to go to week-long summer camps at Cutter Scout Reservation in the Santa Cruz Mountains or at Camp Oljato in the High Sierra. ScoutReach youth expand their learning with trips to parks, museums, cultural fairs, as well as business and government offices.
“Values of Scouting,” a recent study by Harris Interactive indicates that boys with at least five years of Scouting are more likely than those who have never been Scouts to:
- Assume leadership roles in clubs and school organizations
- Have higher self-confidence
- Resist negative peer pressure
- Consider the needs of others first
Investment in ScoutReach today will benefit our communities and country tomorrow.
How Can I Help?
Of course, there are countless other ways you can help with our ScoutReach program.