2019 is rapidly coming to a close and, with it, the 100th anniversary of Boy Scouts in Richland County. In 1919, the first Boy Scout council in our area was chartered; interestingly, original foundations such as the 12 points of the Scout Law, the Scout Oath and the Scout motto remain the same.
This year, though, has been one of change for Scouting in Richland County. In spring, girls were first welcomed into the Scouts BSA program, a year-round program for fifth to twelfth graders. Back in the fall of 2018, girls were welcomed into the Cub Scout program for the first time.
Here in Richland County, approximately 560 youth are active in Scouting in 27 Cub Scout Packs, Scouts BSA Troops, Venturing Crews, and Explorer Posts throughout Mansfield, Lexington, Ontario, Madison, Bellville, Shelby, Lucas and Plymouth/Shiloh. The youth can participate in multiple camps, including a week-long summer camp experience. And there are unique opportunities available, such as a high adventure trek at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.
During 2019, 9 Scouts have earned the rank of Eagle in Richland County, giving back to the community through service projects totally over 1,500 hours.
The Boy Scouts’ Buckeye Council, which is a local council that serves Ohio and parts of northern West Virginia, marked 2019 with the following highlights:
Whether through navigating the world of computer programming, gathering food donations, or leading a group through the woods with just a map and compass, Scouting helps youth realize what they can achieve. From the time they enter the program as Cub Scouts until they become adults, boys and girls will learn what it takes to be a leader.
Families interested in joining may visit beascout.scouting.org for more information.
Sources: Buckeye Council