The New Birth of Freedom Council is a pilot council for the coed Scouting program, STEM Scouts, a program that teaches scouting values while exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. STEM Scouts offers a scouting experience with less emphasis on the outdoors. STEM Scouts follows the Scout Oath and Law with the goal of producing young men and women who are leaders, display confidence, realize their skills and limitations, are respectful of others’ opinions, are problem solvers in all aspects of life, look for opportunities to serve others, are good citizens and demonstrate integrity in all phases of life.
This fall, we successfully launched are first STEM lab and are looking to expand the program. The New Birth of Freedom Council is currently seeking chartered partners, Scouts, and leaders to participate in the STEM pilot for the Spring season which begins in January. In order to start in January, units need to be established and Scouts need to be recruited in December!
Who can sponsor a STEM Scout unit?
STEM Scout units can be sponsored by a church, a school, a PTO, a business, a current BSA chartered partner, a civic group, or really any organization that wants to make a difference in the lives of young men and women.
Are you part of an organization that would be willing to sponsor a STEM lab? If so, you can find more information about how to get started here or contact STEM Executive, Nicole Cousins at email@example.com or 717-430-8081.
Who can participate as a STEM Scout?
STEM Scouts is for both girls and boys in grades 3 through 12. There is an Elementary Program (grades 3-5), a Middle School Program (grades 6-8), and a High School Program (grades 9-12). Having previous Scouting experience is NOT required to become a STEM Scout.
Who can be a leader? How can I get involved?
Individual labs are supervised by adult volunteers, some of whom are parents and many of whom work in STEM fields. Each unit has at least one female and one male volunteer. The STEM professionals help students understand research methods, STEM concepts, and STEM careers. All volunteers must be at least 21 years old, undergo a criminal background check and complete BSA’s Youth Protection Training. Middle and high school labs have at least one leader with a STEM background. You can get involved in a STEM lab by contacting Nicole Cousins at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-430-8081.
STEM Scouting at a glance:
- 10-20 boys and girls, 3 or more leaders per unit
- Units grouped by elementary, middle and high school ages
- Weekly meetings, monthly field trips
- 4- to 6-week learning modules
- Lessons created & vetted by STEM educators
- Participation and achievement awards rather than ranks or rank advancement
- Leadership and mentoring opportunities
- Development of new skills
Where can I learn more about STEM Scouts?
Visit us here on the web.