Kids to Camp Partnership
In May 2011, the national Order of the Arrow committee approved the Get Kids to Camp Partnership, an initiative to financially support and help local Scouts get to summer camp. Unlike other Scouting camperships, this program works in partnership with local lodges and councils to create a matching grant program to cover camp fees for qualified and trained adults to serve as leaders for chartered or provisional units lacking adult leadership. This provides inactive Arrowmen, who are past lodge leaders, an outlet to support Scouting through an adviser/Scoutmaster role while increasing summer camp participation.
The Order of the Arrow, undoubtedly, has continued to serve the Boy Scouts of America with many exciting initiatives nationwide. But as the organization continues to roll-out new programs, our fundamental commitment to the youth we serve has remained protected. As local councils continue to seek new ways to promote and encourage camping, there is a new component to assist in their efforts.
Every year, certain Scouts are unable to attend local summer camps because of not having qualified adults to provide leadership to the unit while at summer camp. The Get Kids to Camp Partnership solves this problem. Local lodges will have the tools to coordinate with their respective council to organize chartered/provisional troops throughout the summer camp season. This now provides Scouts, who would have otherwise missed summer camp, an opportunity to attend.
Quality adult leaders are often times very hard to identify and recruit. The Get Kids to Camp Partnership program encourages the lodge to reach out to previous lodge leaders (ages 25-30) to help support this initiative. Many times, lodge alumni struggle with finding a suitable role as they transition into their professional careers. The Get Kids to Camp Partnership provides these great and experienced leaders a chance to support Scouting, and make a difference within their local council.
The Get Kids to Camp Partnership program is very simple, but has the potential for powerful results. Local councils will be able to apply for a 50% matching grant to supplement adult summer camp fees. A council will be able to apply for up to four grants each year. This would potentially cover the costs of four adult volunteers. Lodges are considered eligible if they are in good standing and have implemented an OA Camp Coordinator program for the upcoming summer.
Youth development remains at the forefront of the Boy Scouts of America's values. The Order of the Arrow will continue to align with these values, and provide unique and engaging opportunities for Scouts and Scouters to have the opportunities that Scouting has to offer. It will take the organization's collective effort to continue Scouting's timeless values, and the Get Kids to Camp Partnership is yet another piece to Order of the Arrow's fundamental objective of serving tomorrow's youth.
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