The Annual Colgate Youth for America Competition Recognizes BSA Service Projects


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 (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.