What is Scouting?
So, you are interested in helping with BYU Scouting? That’s awesome! This is a terrific way to make a lasting impact on a young man/woman's life and the opportunity to be a part of something great! (If you haven't noticed we get really excited about this!)
To give you a bit of background: The aim of BYU Scouting is to help local Boy Scout, Girl Scout, and Cub Scout units with activities and leadership. Boy and Girl Scouts are the longest running values-based youth programs in America and can be life-changing for the youth if fully implemented. However, troops often are lacking sufficient adult leadership/volunteers. That's where we come in!
Every month we have general activities in which all our volunteers can attend. Simply email us at email@example.com and we’ll let you know when those activities are. However, if you are looking for a more in depth role we also have the following opportunities:
(Note: These opportunities are based on need and will change as we find service opportunities for our volunteers.)
Eagle Boards of Review/Eagle Project Approvals: Each month, we meet with the Provo Peaks District here in Provo to help with Eagle Boards of Review and Eagle Project approvals. The basic responsibilities are to sit in with other Provo Peaks leaders and help determine if a project has the potential to give the Scout substantial leadership opportunities or whether the activities and achievements of the Scout are sufficient to grant the rank of Eagle to the Eagle candidate. NO PREVIOUS SCOUTING EXPERIENCE NEEDED. Before meeting with the Scouts, there will be a short training (5-10 minutes) to explain the responsibilities and answer any questions you might have. We will also make sure there are rides to and from the activity, so don’t worry if you don’t have a car.
Merit Badge Counselors: Do you have a special skill/hobby? Do you like to teach others? Tell us your skill (or even better, the merit badge/pin you want to teach) and we’ll try to find a troop that needs your expertise. If interested, email us and we'll send you more info.
We are also starting up something new for the Scouting program here at BYU. Beginning Fall 2017, we will be hosting “mini Merit Badge PowWows” every few weeks here on campus to give more opportunities for you to get involved and give more opportunities to local Scouts to earn the Merit Badges that they need. More information will be coming with exact dates and times in the next couple of weeks. If you would be interested in helping out in any way with this great opportunity, email us and let us know!
Girl Scouts LEGO League Mentor: Did you play with LEGO's growing up? Do you like to have fun helping others solving problems? The LEGO League is a program being implemented in the Girls Scouts of Utah as an opportunity to allow Girl Scouts to become interested in STEM programs. Your responsibilities primarily would be to assist a team of Girl Scouts in their challenge, while allowing them to do most of the work. This opportunity runs from October to January, with meetings once a week on campus for about 2 hours. Some LEGO building experience and basic programming recommended but not required.
Girl Scouts Outreach Program: The Outreach program was set up by the Girl Scouts to provide Girl Scout experiences to girls in Community and Refugee Centers, Homeless and Domestic Violence Shelters, Housing Communities, and other Resource Centers. Volunteers at BYU would be providing leadership and role models to these girls who have gone through some tough times.
Program Director: Sadly, our program directors graduate and move on to bigger and better things. This leaves room at the beginning of every semester for new members to join our team, planning activities and helping volunteers find needy troops. If Scouting means a lot to you and you feel the need to make a difference, we would love to have your help! If you are interested, email us and we'll send you more info.
Make Your Own: Want to help Scouting in a way not listed here? Give us your ideas and we'll try to make it work.
Final note: NO PREVIOUS SCOUTING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED! What we’re looking for are those with a desire to serve and make a lasting impact in a youth’s life. So, if that describes you, welcome aboard! If anything here piqued your interest, shoot us an email and we'll make sure that you get the information you need.
Thanks for your willingness to serve! We couldn't do it without you!
Skylar Van Horne
During the past semester, we helped with Eagle Boards of Review, not only was this a great experience for the volunteers and scouts, but it was incredible to see what an impact we made on the scout leaders as well. Our additional help allowed them to be able to visit with more scouts and give constructive feedback to them on their projects without worrying about being there all night.
-Brian Millerberg (2017)
One meaningful experience I had was getting to review potential Eagle Scout's experiences as a part of their Eagle Board of Review. I was touched by how the Scouting program had impacted the lives of the young men. It made me realize how much Scouting had done for me as a youth and made me even more committed to giving back.
-Brent Woodland (2017)
I had the opportunity to sit on the other side of the table for Eagle Project Board of Reviews. Having gone through the process myself and gaining much experience since then, I was able to help broaden the view and perspective of scouts and the positive impact they will have on the community through their service.
-David Cotton Jr. (2017)
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