June 4, 2021

Cherokee Area Council, Boy Scouts of America

The Cherokee Area Council, Greater Chattanooga’s Boy Scout council, has been serving our community since its founding in 1910. From a range of civic service to the hands-on learning and development, becoming a Scouter helps prepare young people to be moral, ethical, and capable adults. Today, the Cherokee Area Council is looking to bring a new generation of diverse Scouters into the fold.

The ScoutReach Leadership Initiative creates opportunities for leadership development specifically targeting rural and urban Scouting programs. ScoutReach is the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) commitment to making sure that all young people have an opportunity to join Scouting, regardless of their circumstances, neighborhood, or ethnic background.

ScoutReach is designed to build leadership skills and provide professional role models in leadership positions for a diverse range of children. The program will target boys and girls, ages 5-20, in high-poverty and minority communities. By promoting family involvement, service to others, and living the ideals of the Scout Oath and Scout Law, Scouts understand the importance of community and develop a passion for helping others.

ScoutReach units are strategically established in areas with historically low participation in traditional Boy Scouts of America programming. Traditional BSA programming is fee-based, volunteer-led, and meetings are held in the early evening. This can often restrict involvement for low-income households. ScoutReach is designed specifically to address these barriers, by covering all registration and uniform fees as well as equipment costs so that the program is free for all youth. Furthermore, meetings are held directly after school and transportation assistance is provided as needed.