It’s been a busy summer in the Scoutreach program. We provided a Summer Rec. program to over 30 sites this summer - the most summer programs ever done in the Council. We provided programs to over 1,500 youth. Our program was STEM based and consisted of age-appropriate experiments that were performed by all the youth enrolled.
The Scouts built bridges out of paper & cardboard that could support a brick and constructed catapults to launch ping-pong balls. They conducted chemistry experiments that involved “blowing things up” - and yes, the Mentos and cola thing does work (but not for the reasons you think!). They made putty and “Elephant's Toothpaste”. The youth experimented with static electricity, and made electricity from lemons, copper pennies and nails.
All of the feedback we received about the program was positive. Both the youth and site leaders had fun and learned something. On top of all the science fun we had, almost 600 youth attended Day Camp over the three separate days that our Cub Scout Adventure camp was held at Indian Mound Scout Reservation. While there, they did field sports, played in the castle, played volleyball and spent time at the frolicking in the lake. A great and fun time was had by all participants.
By the time you read this, our Fall In-School program will have started. We are looking to provide the full Scouting experience to those youth not served by traditional Scout Units. Look out Milwaukee, because there will be Boy Scout popcorn everywhere! We have a dedicated team of fully-trained Scout Leaders to serve these units. This team went through a grueling two-days training session at the end of August to prepare for the most ambitious Scoutreach year ever.
A special thanks to the Council’s Training Committee and our lead volunteers, Vicky Doering and Sue Idzikowski, for their help in planning and training our Leaders.
We look forward to a Fun-filled year of Scouting!