ScoutReach is a values-based, after-school program of leadership skills and character education designed to make Scouting available to at-risk, disadvantaged youth in the greater Long Beach area, at no cost to them. Parental involvement, often not available, is not required, but encouraged.
Nearly 800 disadvantaged, at-risk youth in the greater Long Beach area are able to belong to something bigger than themselves, gaining skills, confidence and teamwork abilities that will continue to serve them for life.
In the current school year, ScoutReach operates in 27 schools, three parks and one community center, serving 782 low-income, inner-city youth with 33 programs including Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and a co-ed Venturing program for teens.
With financial assistance, we are able to offer ScoutReach participants memorable camping experiences. Most inner-city youth have never set up their own tent, cooked a hot meal outdoors, or seen the sunrise over a mountaintop.
Thank you to our program supporters: AS&F Foundation, Frank Foundation, Freeman E. Fairfield Foundation, Green Foundation, Gumbiner Foundation, Munzer Foundation, Norris Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities of SoCal, and Surf Management Inc.
The program is conducted by trained adult leaders, maintained at an 8 to 1 youth to leader ratio. The goal is create a good value system. character development and leadership ability training in our youth while having fun. All costs for the program (staffing, supplies, handbooks, uniforms, registrations, field trip transportation, snacks and more) are funded by grants from corporations, foundations and private individuals, so the program is delivered at no cost to the youth involved and no parental involvement is required.
We are currently operate 35 ScoutReach sites including the following:
Long Beach Unified Elementary Schools: Addams Elementary, Chavez Elementary, Dooley Elementary, Edison Elementary, Garfield Elementary, Gompers K-8, Harte Elementary, Herrera Elementary, Hughes Middle School, Huntington Academy, Lindsey Academy, Madison Elementary, Mann Elementary, Muir Academy, Nelson Academy, Riley Elementary, Roosevelt Elementary, Smith Elementary, Stephen Middle School, Washington Middle School, Webster Elementary, Whittier Elementary, Willard Elementary.
Bellflower Unified: Ramona Elementary
ABC Unified: Melbourne Elementary
Others: Oasis Community Center, Latin American/Cambodian Center