In a collaborative effort to positively impact more youth in Troy and the tri-county area, the Boys & Girls Club of Troy entered into a partnership with the Boy Scouts of America, Great Lakes Field Service Council, in January 2016.
The initial stage of this partnership is a free eight-week introductory Cub Scout program for Club members who are in first through fifth grades, led by an experienced Scouting facilitator on Tuesdays at the Club. A successful launch of this program can lead to more opportunities to participate in special Scouting events and even the formulation of a Scout pack within the Boys & Girls Club of Troy.
Nationally, over 16,500 youth participate in Scouting through their local Boys & Girls Club because of the greater mentoring and programming opportunities for Club members. Many Scouting programs can be woven into the existing framework of Keystone Club, Torch Club and other quality programs and activities already offered by the Boys & Girls Club of Troy.
Cub Scouting focuses on building character, improving physical fitness, teaching practical skills and having fun. The next level is Boy Scouting which is for young men in fifth grade through high school and emphasizes service, community engagement and leadership development.