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Stonewall Jackson Area Council, Boy Scouts of America

www.sjacbsa.org/valley

Mission: The mission of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) 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.

Community Need: Currently Wenonah Elementary School is not accredited.  They have such a high economically disadvantaged population that they fall into the USDA Community Eligibility Provision (as opposed to the free and reduced lunch program) and there is little to no adult influence in these students’ lives outside of school. They are in need of a program that focuses on them and their character development. Studies have shown that character strengths lead to overall well-being in children.  Wenonah Elementary currently has 246 enrolled students. 77.2% of these students are considered economically disadvantaged, their reading proficiency is at 56%, math is at 58%, and science is at 51%.

Primary Activities: The BSA provides the following programs to the community:

  • Cub Scout Packs and Boy Scout Troops focus on the Scout Oath and Law through activities and advancements during weekly meetings. Cub Scout Packs are adult volunteer-led, however, boys and girls begin to learn leadership traits that they will need once they enter a Boy Scout Troop which are youth-led and adult volunteer guided.
  • Explorer Clubs and Posts are career focused and help youth learn about leadership and moral traits needed to enjoy a successful adult life as a contributing member to the community.
  • Venturing Crews participate in high adventure activities such as hiking and white water rafting and are entirely youth-led with adult volunteer guidance.

In Venture Crews, Explorer Posts and Boy Scout programs, youth are expected to plan their own activities, meetings, outings, and community service projects. They also learn how to fund these programs and elect each other into specific positions/leadership roles to accomplish their goals each year. The older youth often also serve as volunteers within Cub Scout Packs to fully engage and keep them focused and excited about the programs and adventures to come.

Constituents Served: Cub Scouts is open to boys and girls in grades K-5th, Boy Scouts is open to boys in grades 6th-12th, Career Explorer Clubs are open to all middle school students, and Venturing Crews and Career Explorer Posts are open to boys and girls ages 14-21.  The BSA serves the cities of Staunton and Waynesboro, as well as Augusta and Highland counties.  Last year, the following ages were served: age 5 (12); ages 6-7 (61); 8-9 (191); 10-11 (158); 11-13 (111); and 12-18 (331).

Program Details:  The BSA is interested in starting a Cub Scout Pack at Wenonah Elementary School in Waynesboro. The membership and district committee volunteers are anticipating having the opportunity to step in and influence youth to make better choices throughout their lifetimes, while also directly influencing them now with positive adult role models in an after-school Cub Scout Pack.  The BSA will offer to pay the $33 membership fee and the $3.50 insurance fee for each youth for 2 years; supply them with a Pack t-shirt, a Cub Scout book; and recruit two paid adults and two volunteers to lead the Pack.

Amount Requested: $7,927

Operating Budget: $1,351,790

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