The Boy Scouts of America, Adopt a School program, is a way for boys to give back to their elementary schools. Each quarter the boys and their leaders conduct a service project benefiting their school. These projects are based on the needs of the school, which may consist of grounds beautification, building improvements, teacher appreciation, clean-up before or after school events, and help during festivals/carnivals.
The greatest potential for Cub Scout membership growth is in the schools. Boys who would benefit from what we have to offer spend more time there than anywhere else. Pack leaders should develop strong relationships with principals, teachers, and parent organizations. This will go a long way, especially in those areas where the local Scouting council or district has limited access. Don’t forget to research and include local private schools and “home-school” associations.
- At the beginning of each school year, it is a good idea to schedule a brief presentation to your school’s parent-teacher organization.
- Share information about the number of families in your pack, recent and planned activities, and the benefits of Cub Scouting for both boys and families.
- Distribute Pack Information Sheets and business cards.
- Bring some popcorn to pass around in appreciation for their ongoing support.
- Offer the pack’s assistance and involvement in PTA/PTO events and projects.
- It is extremely helpful if several pack leaders and parents are active in the PTA/PTO.
School Service Projects
Doing service projects together is one way that Cub Scouts keep their promise “to help other people.”
BSA Adopt-a-School is a project designed to proactively address our Community/School Relationships. Often we are made aware of Councils and Districts with significant access issues related to promoting and recruiting youth from within specific school systems. When the proverbial doors are closed, we accept it and try to figure out additional means for youth recruitment, often at considerable expense to the local council.
BSA Adopt-a-School is a process by which we can begin to address the breakdown in relationship between Scouting and the respective school systems we serve. This process is where true community development work can begin. It truly is a win/win situation for both Scouting and our schools.
Here are a few potential project ideas to get us started, but our priority remains to let your school’s specific needs determine how we serve.
- Grounds beautification
- Building improvements
- Giving Tree coordinate
- Teacher appreciation
- Helpers during festivals
- Book Drive coordinate
- Clean-up after school events
- Green effort coordinate
- Literacy program
- Food Drive coordinate
- Flag Ceremonies