Reginald F. Lewis District
Urban Outreach Initiative
Joe Spellman, City Lights Field Director
Scoutreach is an initiative of the Baltimore Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, to serve youth throughout the Baltimore metropolitan area who could otherwise not afford to participate in our traditional Scouting programs. The BSA serves youth by turning young boys into tomorrow's leaders, building self-esteem and strong character, instilling lifelong values and enhancing citizenship.
The Scoutreach initiative was launched in 1995 under the leadership of Christian H. Poindexter, CEO, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company. Anthony Fuggat is now the Vice President of Scoutreach. Seventeen Scoutreach sites are now in operation. Each site operates under a partnership, including the following: Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., Baltimore Life Insurance Company, Bell Atlantic, Johns Hopkins Health System, Northrop Grumman, Aerotek, The Podles Family, T. Rowe Price, The Middendorf Foundation, The Goldseker Foundation, The Clayton Baker Trust, The Traveler's Group, the Lockhart Vaughan Foundation and the Northeast Region Trust, are all corporate Scoutreach partners.
About 3,500 youths are members of Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturing Crews through the Scoutreach initiative, with 27 sites and 78 units.
The Scoutreach units are run by program specialists, most of whom attend Coppin State, Morgan State, Towson University, or another nearby university. Their age and stature make them role models and mentors for the boys in the Cub Scout and Boy Scout programs. The program specialist serves as the leader and catalyst for the Scoutreach unit. They work to enlist the participation of family members, community volunteers, and chartered partner employees in the delivery of the program. They are trained in Scouting and leadership skills and, in turn, train the volunteer adults and Scouts to develop their own leadership skills.
Boy's Life Magazine
The official magazine of the Boy Scouts of America is mailed monthly to more than 800 Scouting families through the Scoutreach Initiative.
- More than 126 Boy Scouts attend a week-long summer camp each summer.
- More than 400 Cub Scouts and Webelos take part in Cub Scout Day Camp or Cub Scout Resident Camp each summer.