Nearly 70% of youth in the five boroughs of NYC required financial assistance to attend summer camp in 2019, and most of them have their first out-of-doors (non-urban) experience through our programs. Their adventures at camp and in Scouting are often attributed to keeping them in school, preparing for higher education, and meaningful careers. For many of them, Scouting may very well be the only path that leads to higher education, ethical decision-making, and sound judgment in a hostile world, oftentimes with little financial and/or emotional support.
The Greater New York Councils is producing hundreds of Cub Scout “Rank Kits” so that our youth can enjoy a hands-on learning environment, where every other environment for them is digitized due to the pandemic. The Rank Kits are a packaged Cub Scout program. Thousands of Scouts in our Scoutreach and traditional programs need financial support to remain in our program. These Rank Kits are vital to retaining Scouts’ interest so that they will still be in our program after the pandemic ends, at which point they will continue to make lifelong memories while building character.