Hoosier Trails Council announces Week of Giving

Hoosier Trails Council Boy Scouts of America recently announced a five-day fundraising event, Week of Giving, dedicated to transforming the lives of youth through the Scouts BSA programs.

Each day from Monday through Dec. 8 will feature an opportunity for donors to make a significant impact, thanks to the matching pledges from key supporters, according to a news release from the council.

All proceeds go to funding Scouts so they can participate in events and programs.

On Monday, a matching donor will contribute to camperships, supporting low-income scouts in attending the Scouts BSA summer camp in 2024 at Maumee Scout Reservation in northwestern Jackson County. The donor will match the first $938, providing 10 youth with half-paid camp fees and a chance to experience a summer filled with personal growth, skills development and lifelong memories.

On Tuesday, a matching donor will focus on after-school STEM Cub Scout programs. Contributions will be matched up to $600, enabling 10 youth to participate in these programs. This initiative aims to foster interest in science, technology, engineering and math, laying the foundation for future educational and professional pursuits.

The focus for Wednesday is the summer camp skilled trades program. The donor will match the first $775, allowing at least 450 Scouts to engage in hands-on learning in areas such as automobile maintenance, electronics, home repair, plumbing, robotics and welding. This investment seeks to broaden horizons and cultivate interests that can last a lifetime.

On Thursday, a matching donor will underwrite the costs of the 2024 Council Merit Badge Day. With the first $750 matched, at least 200 youth will have the opportunity to earn badges that contribute to their journey toward Eagle Scout. The initiative aims to introduce Scouts to new skills, fostering self-worth and a sense of accomplishment.

On Dec. 8, all donations will go toward enabling Scouts to attend the 2024 STEM-O-REE for free. The one-day activity gives Scouts the opportunity to expand their knowledge about many activities in the STEM field. Scouts will get to learn about robotics, computers and design, physics, science, astronomy, mathematics, engineering and more. A donor will match the first $1,250 of support, which will allow 165 Scouts to attend for free.

Information: hoosiertrailsbsa.org/elementor-7711/