Traditionally the parents in each Cub Scout pack and Boy Scout troop provide all the volunteer and financial resources for the unit. The scout district and council provide staff, facilities and other resources to support these units programs.
This approach succeeds in giving the scouting experience to many children and their families, but relying solely on this approach means many in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods never have the opportunity to benefit from the scouting program.
Basically, we are taking Scouting into Title I schools in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods where many have not had access to scouting.
We serve those who do not have financial resources or family support structure to be able to join and get to a weekly evening meeting.
Many of our scouts live in single parent homes raised by a mom, grandmother, aunt or older sibling who works one or two jobs to make ends meet. If these children are to have an opportunity to develop as leaders in Scouting, we need volunteer and financial support from the larger Travis County community.
This is where you come in. There are many opportunities to support the Waterloo District program, and each is further explained below.
We have to fit any schedule or time commitment.
We have opportunities for men and women of all ages, Eagle Scouts and people with no Scouting experience, people who love to camp and sleep in a tent
We can put to good use.
We need to support program staff and reduce the cost of uniforms and Scout activities for individual scouts.
Notice we said reduce the cost. People often do not value what they receive at no cost to themselves. Each child is required to pay part of the cost of his participation through Scout fundraising activities and through his academic performance.