Thanks to the funding provided through the Community Relief Fund, the Sagamore Council of Boy Scouts of America has been able to not only provide its usual programming, but to provide additional events and programming as well.
The BSA has used the monies to fund several projects, such as:
“Day Camp in a Box” and other remote programs, a Virtual Treasure Hunt fundraising event, and virtual leader training sessions, just to name a few.
Even though the funding was used to help improve the delivery of several aspects of the scouting experience, combined, the funds made a bigger overall impact on the BSA as a whole. Thanks to the Community Relief Fund, the Sagamore Boy Scouts have been able to successfully deliver the quality scouting experience in a new, innovative, and reliable way.
To date, the Boy Scout’s Virtual Merit Badge website is now serving
nearly 4,000 families across the globe. The BSA was also able to hold the Journalism Merit Badge in conjunction with WLFI, the Journal and Courier, and the New York Times in a virtual setting. In addition to that, 150 Scouts from 48 councils across the country participated in the Virtual University of Scouting and completed classes in citizenship, dentistry, American business, American labor, animal science, chemistry, emergency preparedness, medicine, nature, public health, space exploration, and veterinary medicine.
The Sagamore Boy Scouts recognize that none of this would’ve been possible without the White County United Way and the Community Relief Fund. They are very grateful to the White County United Way and its partners for the opportunities and positive outcomes the Community Relief Fund has given them, especially during these trying and unprecedented times.
Jordan Day has been with the United Way since May 2020, and is currently working as a Social Media Consultant for WCUW.