Hispanic Outreach

 

The mission of the Hispanic Outreach program is to create a multigenerational tradition between Scouting and the Hispanic community in which Scouts and their parents strengthen family and community bonds through participation in the Scouting program.

Goals:

  • Communicate the adventure and values of Scouting to the Hispanic community

  • Increase the number of Hispanic families involved in Scouting

  • Increase the number of organizations that deliver the Scouting program by 50% 

If you have any questions regarding our Hispanic Outreach program, then please call 770-989-8821, or contact Lauren Williams at 770-989-2883 or email lwilliams@atlantabsa.org. Click here to join in the fun!

Resources:

Are you new to Scouting? Do you need new leader materials? We have materials available for you in Spanish.

To access more Spanish resources, visit www.scouting.org/hispanicintiatives

Scouts from Hispanic communities are all over the council. Here are some highlights from around our Council:

La Vision recently featured Henry Molinet, an active member of our Hispanic Outreach Committee.

Day Camp Rules!
For six weeks during the summer, the Scouts delivered a two hour program to over 50 boys participating in the Latin American Association's Inspira! This camp was held at the Westminster School.

 

Check out our spotlight on Camilo Benitez,of Troop 797, who passed his Board of Review on February 18, 2010 and became an Eagle Scout!

Button Gwinnett District
The Button Gwinnett district is excited to welcome Troop 1212, of Christos Community Church in Norcross, to Atlanta’s family of Scouting. Troop 1212 currently serves 10 youth and is lead by 5 registered adult leaders, including Scoutmaster, Thomas Burgess, and Committee Chairman, Alex Villasana, the church’s head pastor.

Christos Community is a multiethnic and bilingual mission reaching out primarily to Latino families in southeast Norcross. The leadership at Troop 1212 has done an excellent job reaching out to the youth in this community, and has recruited boys who have never been involved in the Scouting program. For many of these youth this Troop has given them the opportunity to participate in their first backpacking experience! The goal of Troop 1212 is to help provide Scouting to all boys, especially those who may not have much knowledge of the program. 

In regards to the Troop’s weekly Wednesday night meetings, Committee Chairman, Alex Villasana, notes that, “the kids, and their parents, are very excited with what has been accomplished in the last two months, and what they are planning on doing for the next six months.” Alex also applauds the group as they recently “memorized the Scout Law, Oath, Slogan, and Motto and demonstrated their knowledge of the square knot”. The Troop is also excited as they just picked up their new uniforms from the Scout Shop and are about to really look like a Boy Scout Troop!

Foothills District

Troop 340 is chartered out of Marietta’s Sixth Grade Academy. Troop started with help of two Cub Pack leaders out of Dunleith Elementary, Ginger Crees and Debbie Spriggs. These leaders hoped that Troop 340 would provide an easier, more convenient alternative for 5th grade boys from the Marietta Elementary Schools Cub Packs to crossover into Boy Scouts. Currently, they have 13 registered boys and 4 registered adults. All of the boys are on track to earn their Tenderfoot rank by end of this school year. Leaders are in the process of planning for an upcoming Crossover meeting, and hope that this will encourage the rising 6th graders to join for upcoming school year. 10 boys from Troop 340 are making plans to attend Woodruff Scout Reservation in July.

In addition, we have 5 thriving Cub Scout Packs chartered out of Marietta City Elementary Schools of Brumby, Lockheed, Park Street, Dunleith, and Hickory Hills. All of these Packs are meeting weekly after school, and are on track for boys to advance to next rank by end of school year. Our Council provides transportation home from their weekly meetings, assistance with materials, and stipends for the leaders running the programs. Everyone is encouraged to participate in upcoming Spring Council activities, and Cub Day Camp this Summer. In addition, Dunleith, Hickory Hills, and Brumby’s Packs  all participated in collecting food in support of our Council’s Scouting for Food Drive.

One more highlight from these successes is that Mrs. Dionne Beasley, our Cubmaster at Hickory Hills, recently received United Way’s Heart and Hand award for all her hard work and efforts in growing a quality Scouting program. Her unit currently has 85 registered Scouts benefiting from her leadership.

Hightower Trail District

Pack 1680 is a school based Cub Scout Pack chartered through Montclair PTA. This Pack has experienced a 7% increase in membership since 2008 and currently has over 60 boys enrolled and actively participating in the Program. The school has a Parent Liaison on staff that assist regularly with the Pack’s communication. They attended camp last Fall and are also planning to participate this Spring. All of the boys are working towards advancing to next rank by end of the school year.

Troop 3456 was just chartered out of Sequoyah Middle School PTA. We assisted 14 of their Scouts with their 1st campout experience at Stone Mountain. Henry Molinet, who is the Council’s Assistant Commissioner of Hispanic Scouting and serves on our Latino Advisory Committee, taught cooking, knot tying, and hiking skills to these new Scouts. These Scouts had the opportunity to represent the Council by presenting the colors at the Hightower Trail Golden Eagle Breakfast and the AT&T Pioneer Convention for volunteers in the telecommunications industry.