Utah National Parks Council Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LDS Foundation Funds Program to Combat Multicultural Scouting Deficit
Orem, UT. March 21, 2014 – Scouting benefits all boys. But minority Scouts are often under-represented in Utah.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Foundation recently funded a new initiative to increase multicultural Scouting in Utah. Each of the three Boy Scout councils in Utah received a grant of $33,333 to fund a collaborative program reaching all minority youth in the Utah National Parks Council (central and southern Utah), the Great Salt Lake Council (Salt Lake City area) and the Trapper Trails Council (northern Utah).
“All boys deserve access to Scouting,” said David Pack, Utah National Parks Council Scout Executive. “All boys need the opportunity to experience an ongoing relationship with a caring adult mentor in a safe and structured environment during non-school hours with healthy activities, career exploration, and an opportunity to give back to society through community service.”
The LDS Foundation grant will be used to promote multicultural Scouting throughout the entire state of Utah with a united approach from all three BSA councils. Each council’s multi-cultural staff will now have more funding to organize local Scouting programs, recruit leaders, and deliver quality programs to minority youth within their geographic area.
Although each of the three programs has experienced some success, the reach of Scouting to minority youth has been less than anticipated. This funding will bolster multicultural Scouting programs, and strengthen the councils’ efforts by serving more youth through a statewide cost effective collaboration. By streamlining program operations in a statewide collaboration, Scouting can reach more boys, without duplicating efforts.
The mission of the Boy Scouts of America 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. The Scout Oath states: “On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.” The Scout Law is to be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.
For over 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America has been the premiere youth development organization creating a strong foundation of leadership, service, and citizenship for millions of America’s young people.
For more information on donating to Scouting, please visit www.utahscouts.org.
Contact: Liz Merrell
Development Director, Utah National Parks Council