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For over a century, the Boy Scout and Girl Scout programs have helped to build girls and boys of courage, confidence, and character. Scouting is one of the most prominent value-based youth development organizations in the nation. The programs the scouts are engaged in provide them the opportunity to learn about citizenship, build character, take on responsibility, expand their horizons, develop personal fitness and have fun with their peers. Volunteers are the backbone to scouts and we were honored to hear stories from a number of the local leaders. After all, helping our youth partake in scouting is a key to building a more conscientious, productive and responsible society. We also had the opportunity to meet up with scouts of all ages to learn about their dedication to their troops. In addition, local service unit executives, Erica Audette of Boy Scouts and Cheryl Hernandez, of Girl Scouts shared their enthusiasm for scouts and why they are so passionate about the programs.

 

92127: What is the overall mission of Boy Scouts of America?
E.A.: The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

92127: What is the history behind the Black Mountain Boy Scouts of America Program?
E.A.: Black Mountain is one of 11 Districts in the San Diego Imperial Council.  Black Mountain Scouters and parents work together to bring quality programs and activities to the youth in our community.  Black Mountain District serves Rancho Bernardo, Poway, Carmel Mountain, Rancho Peñasquitos and 4S Ranch.  We have 2,227 Scouts in 81 scouting units.

92127: What is your role as District Executive?  How long have you been the District Executive?
E.A.: I have been with the District for 18 months.  My primary role is to help support and manage program activities, membership and fundraising in the Black Mountain District.

92127: What was your motivation for becoming involved with Boy Scouts?  
E.A.: My motivation to become employed by Boy Scout is my own experience as a Scout parent and Scouter.  I started with the Boy Scouts as a parent of a Cub Scout, ten years ago.  My son is now 17 years old and an Eagle Scout.  Seeing firsthand the confidence and leadership skills he learned through the Scouting Program is what motivated me to join the Professional Scouters to be a part of bringing the Scouting programs to more youth.

92127: What is the most rewarding aspect of being District Executive?
E.A.: To be at a scout meeting, camp or event and watch the kids’ faces as they are learning new skills and doing exciting things that will enable them to grow into responsible leaders.

92127: If you could have one wish for the Program this year, what would that be?
E.A.: For all youth who would like to be in Scouting to have the opportunity.

92127: Where do you see the Black Mountain program in five years?
E.A.: In five years, I see Black Mountain continuing to serve its Scouts and Scouters with a strong program along with continuing to give back to their communities while producing strong leaders for our community, state and country.

92127: What are some of the exciting plans this year for the Boy Scouts involved in the Black Mountain District.
E.A.: Just a few of the exciting things in the works for the Scouts of Black Mountain, are a Spring Camporee and two Cub Day Camps.

92127: What is the motivation for a boy to become part of a troop?
E.A.: Many things motivate a boy to join a troop.  For one, getting to participate in high adventure activities like hiking in the back country.

92127: How does one go about joining a troop? Are there any restrictions as to when you can join?
E.A.: If someone is interesting in getting their child enrolled in Boy Scouts, please call me at the council office and I will assist them in finding a unit that will work for them and their youth.  There are no restrictions onto when a youth can join a unit.

92127: Tell us about the local troops that cater to our 92127/Rancho Bernardo readers.
E.A.: The local packs and troops in the Rancho Bernardo area provide many service hours to the community through unit service projects and Eagle projects.

92127: Describe the different levels of boy scouts.  What is the difference between Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturing?
E.A.: Cub Scouts is for boys from 6 to 10 years old.  This program is adult-led and focuses on the boys abilities at each grade level and includes the family with their scouting experiences.

[quote]“I really enjoy the gratitude expressed by those we do service projects for in the community!”
-Ben | Age 14, Troop 685[/quote]

Boy Scouts is for boys from 10 to 18 years old.  This program is boy-led and adult-guided, which means that the Scouts play an important part in planning their activities with adults alongside them.

Venturing is for young men and women from 14 to 21 years old.  This program is youth led and adult mentored.  The youth take all the leadership skills they have learned and apply them to planning their activities, along with the fundraising to help pay for their events and awards.

92127: The 2013 National Jamboree is in West Virginia.  Does the Black Mountain District have a large presence?  If so, describe how the boys fundraise and prepare for this exciting opportunity.
E.A.: San Diego Imperial Council is sending two troops of 36 youth each; there are scouts from all areas of the Council and some from Black Mountain District.

92127: Are there any upcoming events our readers can become involved with or assist with to ensure great programs for the boy scouts?
E.A.: There are many different ways the community can become involved in Scouting.  Everything from volunteering at Day Camp to serving on the District Committee in various different areas: Membership, program development or fundraising.  If you are interested in volunteering with the Black Mountain District, please contact me at the council office, 619.298.6121 or Erica.audette@scouting.org

Boy Scout Oath

On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.

Boy Scout Law

A Scout is: trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, Brave, clean, and reverent.

Boy Scout Motto

Be prepared.

Boy Scout Slogan

Do a good turn daily.

The Outdoor Code

As an American, I will do my best to be clean in my outdoor manners; be careful with fire; be considerate in the outdoors; and be conservation minded.

92127: What is the overall mission of Girl Scouts?
C.H.: Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.

92127: What is the history behind the Girl Scouts of Rancho Bernardo/4S Ranch Program?
C.H.: The RB program was built to specifically work with the local troops at the schools in Rancho Bernardo.

92127: What is your role as the Service Unit Manager?  How long have you been in this role?
C.H.: My role is to oversee the troops here locally.  I help to plan events that service girls across the program levels and encourage the growth of the Girl Scout program in RB.  This is my second year in this role.

92127: What was your motivation for becoming involved with Girl Scouts?  
C.H.: I have been involved with Girl Scouts since I was five years old.  I truly believe it is the best organization for young girls today.

92127: What is the most rewarding aspect of being the Service Unit Manager?
C.H.: Seeing the growth and progression in leadership not just in the girls involved but the volunteer leaders as well.

92127: If you could have one wish for the Program this year, what would that be?  
C.H.: No girl who wants to be in girl scouting should be on a waiting list to join a new troop.

92127: Where do you see the local Program in five years?
C.H.: Reaching huge growth in our older girl programs at the middle and high school levels.

92127: How does the Ranch Bernardo/4S Ranch Service Unit compare to others?  What sets it aside from others?  
C.H.: We consistently offer a wide range of program opportunities in Girl Scout programming, community service and leadership development for our girls.

92127: What are some of the exciting plans this year for the Girl Scouts involved in the RB/4S Ranch Service Unit?  
C.H.: We will be hosting a lot of new badge workshops for our girls.  A multi-age level encampment program is something they have to look forward to this spring.

92127: What is the motivation for a girl to become part of a troop?
C.H.: Girls who want to be part of a national organization that will build her character, giver her confidence and face the challenges while developing leadership skills along the way.

92127: How does one go about joining a troop? Are there any restrictions as to when you can join?  
C.H.: The best way to reach out is to a program level leader at the girl’s school.  Girls can join anytime of the year.

92127: What age levels can girls participate in the program?  
C.H.: Girls can participate from Kindergarten through Grade 12.

92127: Tell us about the local troops that cater to our 92127 readers.
C.H.: We have amazingly active troops in the 92127 and we offer programs to all age levels.

92127: Describe the different levels of girl scouts by grade.  
C.H.: Daisies are for K-1, Brownies 2-3, Juniors 4-5, Cadettes 6-8, Senior 9-10, and Ambassador 11-12.

[quote]“Girl Scouts has been such a positive part of both of my daughter’s lives.  They both have so much fun and are learning to lead with courage, confidence and character.”
-Erika Jimenez | Mother of Girl Scouts[/quote]

92127: The Boy Scouts have a national jamboree each year.  Do girl scouts have anything similar?  
C.H.: We have a local encampment where all of our local troops get together for an adventure/camping weekend.

92127: The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting features seven Legacy badges that build on 100 years of Girl Scout history. Tell us about the significance of these badges.
C.H.: Our Legacy badges are built from the first fundamental badges the first girl scouts earned; they have been updated to include opportunities for girls to earn them at all program levels.

The legacy badges include the following: Artist, Athlete, Citizen, Cook, First Aid, Girl Scout Way, and Naturalist.

92127: Are there any upcoming events our readers can become involved with or assist with to ensure great programs for the girl scouts?  
C.H.: Our Cookie Sales is where readers can help the most.  Also, watch for our older girls hosting local community events in preparation for earning the higher level award the Silver and Gold awards.

The Girl Scout Promise

On my honor, I will try:  to serve God and my country,to help people at all times, and to live by the Girl Scout Law.

The Girl Scout Law

I will do my best to be honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, courageous and strong, and responsible for what I say and do, and to respect myself and others, respect authority, use resources wisely, make the world a better place, and be a sister to every Girl Scout.

Girl Scout Sign

Girl Scouts make the Girl Scout sign when they say the Girl Scout Promise. The three fingers represent the three parts of the Promise.

Girl Scout Motto

Be prepared.

Girl Scout Slogan

Do a good turn daily.

Girl Scout Handshake

The handshake is made by shaking hands with the left hand and making the Girl Scout sign with the right. The left hand is nearest to the heart and signifies friendship.

The Friendship Circle

The friendship circle stands for an unbroken chain of friendship with Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the world.

Tokens of Friendship

Girl Scouts often make small tokens of friendship to exchange with the Girl Scouts they meet when they travel. These little gifts are called SWAPS, which stands for Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere or Shared With A Pal.

 

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Full Name of District:  Black Mountain District
Total Boy Scouts in District:  2, 227
Contact Information:  Erica Audette, 619-298-6121, Erica.audette@scouting.org
Website:  http://blackmountain.sdicbsa.org
Our Mission:  The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.
Board of Directors:  The leadership consists of Key 3 – District Executive, District Chairman and District Commissioner.  The current Key 3 are – District Commissioner, Chris N.  District Chairman, is currently vacant.  District Executive, Erica Audette.  The Black Mountain District is staffed with a host of volunteer leaders and one professional.

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Full Name of Service Unit:  Girl Scouts of RB/4S Ranch Service Unit
Total Girl Scouts in District:  730
Volunteer Troop Leaders:  150-175 as of November 2012
Contact Information:  Cheryl Hernandez, admin@girlscoutsrb.org
Troops:  Schools in 92127, 92128 and St. Michaels in 92064
Websites:  www.girlscoutsrb.org | www.sdgirlscouts.org
Overall Mission:  Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.

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