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 1,000 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 2015-16 school year, ScoutReach operates in 27 schools, three parks and one community center, serving 975 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, Boeing ECF, Frank Foundation, Freeman E. Fairfield Foundation, Green Foundation, Munzer Foundation, Norris Foundation, Surf Management Inc., Valero.
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, Burnett, Chavez, Dooley, Edison, Gompers*, Harte, Huntington*, Lee, Lindsey, Lincoln, Mann, Muir*, Riley, Roosevelt, Stevenson, Webster, Whittier, Willard, Washington.
Bellflower Unified: Ramona*
ABC Unified: Melbourne*
Community Center: Community Alliance Long Beach
Parks: Silverado Park*, Scherer Park*, Martin Luther King Park*, Signal Hill Park
* = also has a Boy Scout program