For more than 110 years, Scouting has shaped young people and prepared them for their futures by instilling the values of the Scout Oath and Law. That legacy continues today and remains just as important and relevant as it was in 1910. The Buckeye Council provides the chance to honor this legacy and its continued impact through our Celebrate Scouting initiative. We are excited to share with you stories of Scouting’s impact and invite you to celebrate, connect, and contribute in 2023. Here you can view and explore more about the 2023 Eagle Celebration, learn about growth in the Scouting movement, STEM programs, and several unique stories about Scouting's impact on the lives of local youth.
Scouting in the Buckeye Council has experienced steep adversity over the past few years, and significant growth has followed. Scouting has grown by over 10% this year with more than 1,400 new families joining Scouting in the last several weeks. 3,000 participants discovered adventure at Seven Ranges Scout Reservation. Another 2,000 went to Family Adventure Camp with many attendees having their very first camping experience. 5,000 merit badges have been earned, 1,800 ranks awarded, and 92 youth have reached Eagle, and those figures will only climb through the end of the year.
Christopher K., an Eagle Scout from Troop 113 in Mansfield, Ohio earned his Eagle Scout Award as part of the 2021 Class and has the genetic condition known as Down Syndrome. While it is usually associated with physical growth delays and mild to moderate intellectual disability, Christopher doesn’t let that hold him back. He went above and beyond the minimum requirements to achieve the rank of Eagle.
Born with spina bifida and congenital heart disease that required open heart surgery, perseverance in the face of adversity has been a constant in Evan Heller’s journey. Applying lessons he learned in Scouting, and with unwavering support of his family, Evan earned an athletic scholarship to play wheelchair basketball for Auburn University. In December of 2021, Evan reached his next goal of playing for Team USA Men’s Under 23 and will represent our country in international competitions. He has recently been invited to try out Team USA at the Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs with a chance to make the Paralympic team.
Celebrate & Support
We invite you to consider the impact Scouting in the Buckeye Council makes on youth and to make investment to sustain and grow that impact for 2023. Reflect on the accomplishment we have made together to overcome the extreme challenges we have faced and are continuing to wrestle with during the pandemic. Explore the stories above and make an investment that is meaningful to you.