The BSA Adopt-a-School program is an exciting and comprehensive undertaking that will connect Scout units with their associated schools. Participating Scouts then work, within clearly defined guidelines, to partner with school administrators and offer the volunteer services that most effectively meet their schools’ needs, which may include grounds beautification, teacher appreciation, clean-up before or after school events, and/or help during festivals and carnivals. The council is developing a system for units to register and document their Adopt-A-School plans and partnerships.
BSA Adopt-a-School is a project designed to begin 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 school systems weserve. This process is where true community development work can begin. It truly is a win-win situation for both Scouting and our schools-