Re: BSA Outreach to Hispanic Community
Kathie Cerveny (kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU)
Mon, 4 Nov 1991 09:45:41 CST
> My curiosity about this is based on my father's situation. He lives in
> Bisbee, Arizona, a small community near the Mexican border. So far as
> he has been able to find, Scouting is nearly comatose in Bisbee. His
> efforts to date to promote Scouting there have been pretty futile. As
> he is in his mid-80's, his volunteer capacity is a bit limited,
> but he has indicated a willingness to offer financial support to a
> Scouting program that would be structured to encourage membership
> among the Hispanic majority in the community.
> My questions: is there any BSA program designed for that kind of
> outreach? Does the local council (are they in Tucson?) participate
> in such a program? Is there a District Executive or other person
> whom he could contact about this during a Bisbee visit?
> Kirke Johnson, Systems Programmer <Kirke@PCCCP6.BITNET>
>  244-6111 Computer Services Prodigy: TCVX82A
> X4368 Portland Community College, Portland, Oregon, USA
Yes - Yes - Yes!
What a great way to start the morning - being asked a question, I do know
some answers to!
1. There are four (4) councils in Arizona. I do not know where Bisbee is
located, but you and your Father will know which of the following council
headquarters is geographically closest to Bisbee. That would be the
council you call and ask the questions based on my following information.
a. Flagstaff Arizona (this would be way north and probably not the right
one for your are) 602-774-0685
b. Phoenix Arizona - 602-955-7749
c. Tucson Arizona - 602-750-0385
d. Yuma Arizona - 602-782-1986
2. There are many support materials for Hispanic Scouting. One council I
know of here in Illinois has an entire council division just for Hispanic
Scouting, complete with a D.E. for the division who speaks fluent spanish,
3. My council (Chicago Area Council) has a fund set up specifically to
support boys and adults in Hispanic Scouting. The monies are donated and
used for registration fees, uniforms, day camp, summer camp, etc.
4. It would not be impossible for a council to set up a Hispanic Committee
charged with raising funds and administering them, as well as building
membership among the Hispanic population.
Hope this information is helpful. It pleases me greatly to hear of a man
of your Father's caliber who still believes in the Scouting spirit and all
that we can do! Pass along my thanks to him for "caring about a boy!"
Chicago Area Council
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