The Chief Seattle Council and the Scoutreach Foundation recognize the need to extend Scouting's benefits to those who may not traditionally participate. In the effort to reach all demographics, we have created specific programs to meet the unique needs of individual families.
Soccer and Scouting
Now starting its 5th year, Soccer and Scouting began as an outreach to Hispanic youth and families. It teaches soccer skills and the traditional, life-long values of Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts.
Summer Lunch Program
This initiative works with other non-profit organizations to provide a Scouting experience to youth ages 6-14 in conjunction with the summer free lunch services they provide. The plan is to introduce the fun of Scouting in the summer and transition them to year round programs either at their apartment complex, after school care site or in a traditional Scouting unit at their school or church. The program covers the Rainier Valley, Kent, Auburn, Renton and the Olympic Peninsula.
Words to Live By
This curriculum is offered at six elementary schools in South Seattle by a program leader and teaches the 12 points of the Scout Law to each class. Youth also have an opportunity to attend summer camp and long range plans include having a traditional, volunteer-run Scouting program in each school community.
Children of Incarcerated Parents
This program is designed for youth of incarcerated parents to attend weekly Scout meetings with a local pack or troop and participate once a month with their parent at the prison. The goal of COIP is to enhance the parent/youth bond through the monthly Scout meetings, which are designed and conducted by the incarcerated parents and led by Chief Seattle Council staff and program leaders.
The Chief Seattle Council partners with Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs and Housing Authorities around the Puget Sound to continue the mission of providing Scouting opportunities for all. Council program leaders work with agency staff to offer the values of Scouting. Advancement, outdoor experience and transition to traditional, volunteer-run units are the long-term goal.