Ross County ScoutReach
Simon Kenton Council, Boy Scouts of America
The Simon Kenton Council, Boy Scouts of America, serves 19 counties – 18 in Ohio and one in Kentucky. Ross County, Ohio, is a largely rural county in Appalachia situated about halfway between Columbus and the Ohio River. Its largest city is Chillicothe, with a population of about 21,000. Per the U.S. Census Bureau, the median household income in Ross County, in 2016 was $44,587. While 18.6% of the population lives in poverty, that jumps to 27.2% for children under age 18, also per the U.S. Census Bureau. This is a program to provide extra financial and human resource support so the proven benefits of the Scouting program reach some of the most disadvantaged Scouts in Ross County. Many of the youth served come from homes affected by poverty, lack of education, the opioid crisis and parental incarceration or other absence. Adults in the home are often aged grandparents or single parents who work multiple part-time jobs or work shifts that make participation in their children’s school activities difficult. Proven benefits of Scouting include increased comfort with STEM learning (science, technology, engineering and math), improved academic performance, increased pro-social behaviors, a strengthened connection to their community, and an introduction to principles of leadership and self-management.
$30,000  Funded  Inspire