In a collaborative effort to positively impact more youth in Troy and the tri-county area, the Boys & Girls Club of Troy is entering a partnership with the Boy Scouts of America, Great Lakes Field Service Council, the results of which will begin to take shape in January 2016.
The initial stage of this partnership will be 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 beginning January 12 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.
“A partnership with the Scouts makes perfect sense for the Boys & Girls Club of Troy,” said Club Director Tom Gorman. “We share a very similar philosophy with the Scouts in terms of character and leadership development, and this joint endeavor makes it possible to serve more kids and help develop them into quality citizens.”
“Today, more than ever before, young people need the guidance and mentoring of quality adult role models,” said Justin Williams, Director of Field Service for Boy Scouts of America. “We are excited to partner with the Boys & Girls Club of Troy in offering a positive developmental program for the youth 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.
Call the Boys & Girls Club of Troy at (248) 689-1687 for more information on its partnership with the Boy Scouts of America, Great Lakes Field Service Council.