What is Scoutreach?

Scoutreach is the BSA’s commitment to making sure that all young people have an opportunity to join Scouting, regardless of circumstances that could affect their ability to join the program. The Scoutreach Program focuses dedicated energy into growing urban and rural Scouting programs. Scouting, by emphasizing ethics and moral values, addresses many of the social concerns of parents and youth in our country. Scouting prepares urban and rural youth to be leaders, to accept responsibility, and to care about principles and causes beyond their own self-interest.

Scoutreach in Northeast Illinois

The Northeast Illinois Council supports a dedicated group of staff and volunteers that focus solely on serving youth by growing scouting in urban and rural areas of focus within our boundaries. Scoutreach supports youth in these communities through delivery of in-school scouting programs, financial and programmatic assistance to traditional scouting units, and the building of beneficial relationships with leaders and organizations within outreach communities. Scoutreach also supports families throughout the NEIC that may be struggling financially through our uniform assistance and donation program, camp scholarships, and other assistance programs.

If my family or a family I know needs help affording Scouting, who do I contact?

Our mission is to make Scouting accessible, welcoming, and affordable for all families. If you or someone you know needs assistance, contact us here. Requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

I’d like to support the Scoutreach program. How can I help?

We are always looking for volunteers to help serve our youth that can most benefit from the Scouting program. To volunteer, send us an email here. If you wish to donate to Scoutreach either through gifts in kind (program supplies, uniforms, equipment, etc.) or through traditional giving, please contact our Development Team here.