The Boy Scouts - A Good Turn for Cleveland

Scouts in action.  Photo courtesy Jim Dillon.

The Campus District Observer is all about showcasing the positives of this neighborhood and of our great city. There are so many great things happening in Cleveland, but the rest of the world mostly hears about our challenges. The Greater Cleveland Council of the Boy Scouts of America is one of the positives that most people, even here in Cleveland, know little about. I am asking the readers of the Observer to talk to at least one person after reading this article, to share the good things about Scouting in Cleveland.

The Greater Cleveland Council of the Boy Scouts of America is celebrating our 100th Anniversary in 2012. The Council has had almost a million Cuyahoga County youth participate in our character building program during our 100 year history. We will celebrate our birthday with many events. We had over 1,500 Scouts march in the St. Patrick's Day parade, over 3,500 lawns raked for elderly homeowners at our "Yardcharge" service project, and, in May, over 4,000 Scouts, volunteers and families will attend the Greater Cleveland Council's "Camporee" at the Lorain County Fairgrounds.

We serve over 2,000 boys in the city of Cleveland, with 1,500 of these Scouts in our after school programs at Cleveland Metropolitan Schools and at residential sites managed by Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Authority. Eric Gordon of CMSD and Jeffrey Patterson of CMHA, along with their staffs have helped foster this collaboration. The boys are from all over our city and they are participating in activites that are fun for them, like hiking, camping, earning their badges and racing Pinewood Derby cars.  But they are also learning respect, responsibility, and other core values.

What are the most notable highlights from this past year? 105 program sites in the city of Cleveland, with over 2,000 Scouts participating; 6,500 badges awarded to our Scouts and, perhaps most importantly, hundreds of hours of fun, patriotism, and service.

Please spread the word about the positive news of the Boy Scouts and remember to "Do A Good Turn Daily."


James Dillon

Jim Dillon is Cleveland Director of the Boy Scouts of America.

Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 10:39 PM, 03.31.2012