United Way Spotlight

United Way Spotlight An agency which receives funding from United Way of Vermillion will be featured in this spotlight each week. The United Way of Vermillion Board of Directors wants the people of Vermillion to know more about the agencies that receive United Way funding and the services which they provide to the Vermillion community.

This week's featured agency is the Sioux Council Boy Scouts of America.

Since its inception in 1910, the goal of the Boy Scouts of America has been to provide educational programs for boys and young men and women that build character, citizenship, and personal fitness. Scouting serves the youth in the greater Vermillion area through four programs.

The youngest groups, the Cub Scouts, hold weekly den meetings along with larger monthly pack meetings which provide an opportunity for the boys to participate in crafts, sports, and fun. Cub scouting is an extremely family centered program that provides a safe haven and encourages boys to learn by doing.

At the next level, Boy Scouts are offered camping, various outdoor activities, and a challenging advancement program. Through highly participatory, boy-led meetings and monthly camping trips, Scouts develop self-confidence and leadership skills and are introduced to over 20 different hobbies and career choices.

Venturing, which is the next level of scouting, provides qualified adult role models to help teenagers (both young men and young women) with hobby and outdoor experiences, citizenship and leadership training, social skills training, and the opportunity to be of service to others.

Exploring, the highest level scouting group, teaches young men and women how to make decisions about their future and gives them the opportunity to explore different options through hands-on experience at job sites.

The Eagle Scout Award is one of scouting's best known and most respected traditions. Each scout who achieves the Eagle Scout Award has followed a rigorous set of requirements among them the development and completion of a community service project.

The Vermillion United Way helps support a variety of programs that the Sioux Council offers to area youth.

Outdoor Education � Through camping, young people get an invaluable chance to develop their outdoor skills, leadership qualities and ethical values. The Sioux Council operates four outdoor properties which provide nearly 20,000 days of annual camping for scouts, volunteers, and parents at a much lower cost than comparable summer and year-round camps.

Lewis and Clark Scout Camp � Located on beautiful Lewis and Clark Lake west of Yankton, this premier, long-term, 350-acre camp offers traditional camp activities, as well as exciting high adventure including 50-mile canoe trekking, kayaking and confidence courses.

Cub Scout Day Camp � Held at various locations throughout the council, Cub Day Camp places an emphasis on cooperation and positive reinforcement through fun, group activities. The three-day programs are directed by volunteers assisted by a traveling staff.

Webelos Camp � Located at Lewis and Clark Scout Camp, Webelos Camp promotes interaction between boys and their adult partners through camping and sports activities. Several hundred Webelos take part in the action and adventure every year.

Akela's Adventure Camp � Cub Scout resident camping promotes positive interaction between the youth and a parent. The weekend long activities foster group skills development and offer families the opportunity to learn in a semi-structured atmosphere.

Young people need positive adult role models with whom they can develop a trusting bond. The many dedicated volunteers who serve as Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, Venturing Advisors and other leaders deserve the sincere thanks and support of the scouting organization.

United Way of Vermillion is helping to make sure that the Sioux Council has the resources to give those volunteers the support they need as they provide scouting experiences for Vermillion's young people.

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