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More volunteers needed for inner-city Boy Scout troops
CINCINNATI (Angela Ingram) -- Children are able to learn skills that last a lifetime but not enough of them from the city are getting involved.
The Boy Scouts of America actively recruit volunteers and scouts from urban areas. They said it boils down to parental involvement and church involvement. Volunteers and workers want more churches to help start-up troops so that city children have the same opportunities as children in the suburbs.
While kids in Cincinnati's suburbs are gaining new experiences through Boy Scouts, workers at the Dan Beard Council said the numbers aren't nearly as good in the inner city.
"95 percent of our suburban units are within churches and they're lead by a group of people which are generally parents and the leadership of that church. In our inner-city units we have more after school programs and in school programs," said Jesse Roper, chief operating officer.
There are only three traditional Boy Scout troops in the inner city. And instead of volunteers acting as scout masters like in the suburbs, the council has to pay workers.
Roper said, "And we're going out and we're hiring people. They're called program managers that function as cub masters and scout master to put on that program."
Volunteers want the city children to get the same experience as other children.
Ashton Wilson of the Dan Beard Council said, "We have 130 different merits from you know, engineering to agriculture to fly fishing to cycling to boating!"
They said the exposure to new activities keeps kids out of trouble and helps develop character and survival skills.
The chief operating officer said there are roughly 14,000 scouts participating in suburban areas and about 2,000 in the city.
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