The Annual Colgate Youth for America Competition Recognizes BSA Service Projects
A variety of Scout groups were honored for innovative and successful service
projects in the 2001-2002 Colgate Youth for America campaign. Winners received
grants from $100 to $1,000. They included a Tiger Cub den, a Webelos Scout den,
a Sea Scout ship, a local district, a Scout council, two Venturing crews, 17 Cub
Scout packs, and 26 Boy Scout troops.
The top three BSA winners were:
- Venturing Crew 60, Medway, Maine ($1,000), for its "Search and Rescue"
program, in which the crew trains with Red Cross Disaster Services and
(with trained adult volunteers) provides the rural community with a
disaster team. Members assist with rescues on nearby mountains and at
residential fires, floods, or natural disasters. The crew also shares
its skills by teaching Cub Scouts basic first aid.
- Boy Scout Troop 154, Blue Mountain Council, Kennewick, Wash. ($500),
for its "Computers 4 Kids" program, in which the Scouts refurbish and
then install educational software in old computers for low-income
families whose children attend a nearby elementary school. The children
who use the computers (nearly half are from migrant families with English
as a second language) get better grades, learn the language faster, and
participate in class more.
- Cub Scout Pack 495, East St. Louis, Ill. ($300), for use of the BSA
Reading Partners program, in which Cub Scouts host tutorial classes
for more than 230 boys in first through fifth grades. Volunteer adults
and older Cub Scouts partner with younger students, who read silently
and then aloud to their partners. Each three-month program encompasses
three age-appropriate books and Boys' Life magazine.
In addition to BSA units, the program honors projects of the Girl Scouts of the
U.S.A., Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Girls Incorporated, Camp Fire Inc., and
the National 4-H Council.
A list of all 2001-2002 top winners is available at www.colgate.com
(click on "Colgate Cares"), along with information for entering the next
competition. Entry forms can be printed out and mailed to Colgate Youth for
America, P.O. Box 1058, FDR Station, New York, NY 10150-1058, or obtained by
sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to the above address. Entry deadline
is March 31, 2003.