The Choctaw Area Council Boys Scouts of America has partnered with The Lauderdale County School District in an effort to recruit more scouts.
“We partnered with Lauderdale County because it’s a way for us to come into these schools and talk to the kids, and get them interested in scouting, and let the parents know about the benefits that scouting has for them,” said Brandon Bridges Seminole District Executive.
Students that join the scouts can enroll at an early age or even older.
“It runs from kindergarten which will be our lions all the way up until the age of 18; which is our scouts YSA program at that age.We usually try to get them out at the highest-ranking eagle scout at that time,” said Brandon Bridges Seminole District Executive.
Scouts will learn skills that they can carry for a lifetime.
“They learn leadership skills at a younger level, exploring the outdoors which is what I’m really big on; getting the kids outside and not inside the house on video games or on their phones or iPads or tablet’s,” said Brandon Bridges Seminole District Executive.
According to officials each scout learns how to be self-reliant.
“Scouting is not about what I can provide for them, it’s about what they can provide for themselves. Scouting is a program where it teaches the scouts to run a program on their own. The Leadership that we have both the professional and volunteer we’re just to guide them,” said Brandon Bridges Seminole District Executive.