Many promising youth in our communities are in harm’s way. They are up against a slew of difficult circumstances: poverty, violence, crime, gang activity, and a wavering parental involvement. And through no fault of their own, their chances of becoming productive and thriving members of society are greatly diminished. Sadly, this vicious cycle of despair is perpetuated for generations.
To create an impactful partnership between Scouting, community leaders, and at-risk youth. It equips youth in embattled neighborhoods with the values, tools, opportunities, and mentors needed to build a brighter future for themselves and their community.
Restoring the Village encourages young people to see life differently by exposing them to a path far more rewarding than the short-lived thrill and lasting anguish associated with life on the street. In a traditional Scouting unit, parents serve as volunteers who give leadership to the youth. In Restoring the Village, however, many of our young people come from single-parent households so positive community leaders step up and become volunteers to fill that void. With training and guidance from scouting professionals, these community leaders equip the young men and women under their charge with critical life skills, outdoor adventure, career preparation, a commitment to community service, and a positive outlook to help them be “Prepared. For Life.”
THE FIVE PILLARS
1. How to become an asset and not a liability to their community
2. Personal responsibility and respect of others
3. The importance of community service
4. Discipline and leadership
5. The values of the Scout Oath and Law
MODEL FOR SUCCESS
⁃ The community is fully engaged with the program and establishes a long-term commitment to furthering its mission.
⁃The Boy Scouts of America provides community leaders with organizational knowledge, training, program support and outdoor adventure opportunities for youth.
⁃ The program attracts the young people who need Scouting the most.