Brooklyn Scouts is an all-inclusive Scouting organization dedicated to providing a traditional Scout program to Brooklyn youth and their families, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, faith, or economic circumstances. We are part of the Baden-Powell Service Association (B-PSA), a national volunteer-run Scouting organization whose programs are rooted in the belief that by focusing on the original dual core of Scouting--service and the outdoors--children and teens gain valuable skills, a deeper understanding for their community, and an appreciation for the natural environment that enrich both them and the communities in which they live over the course of their lives.
Brooklyn Scouts and their families participate in camping trips, nature and culture outings, service projects, fundraising and regular meetings. The curriculum for all Scouts includes environmental conservation, wildlife recognition, woodcraft, orienteering, first aid/safety and camp skills.
We also emphasize service, both inside and outside the home, which includes volunteer work for all ages as well as a recognition of service done outside the organization. As a group, we have helped to clean up Prospect Park, adopted trees as part of One Million Trees NYC, put together care packages to refugee camps and participated in community events such as the St Patrick’s Day Parade and Brooklyn Pride. We have also encouraged our Scouts to learn about safety in the community by hosting members of the NYPD and NYFD as well as visiting the local Ambulance Corps.
Our oldest Scouts are encouraged to participate in self-led programs, both in wilderness exploration and in community involvement (individual volunteer work). All Scouts participate in games, crafts, songs and skits, and also engage in fundraising activities such as bake sales, book sales, paid service (ie. Marathon participation)
The cornerstone activities for Brooklyn Scouts are our group camping trips four times annually (once per season), and our weekend activities and outings (monthly). Camping trips are done at nearby campgrounds where Scouts sleep outdoors in tents and participate in training activities including food preparation in the outdoor setting (The exception to this is Winter Camp, which takes place at the Frost Valley YMCA, where Scouts sleep and eat in the facility rather than in the snow outdoors).
Camping trips are inclusive of families, although Timberwolf and older Scouts may attend without parents or guardians. Weekend activities are also based on the outdoors and community involvement, and have included trips to the Wolf Conservation Center in Westchester, day hikes in local parks, a visit to the SIMS Recycling center in Brooklyn, and a trip to Governors Island to visit the compost center and study American military history at Fort Jay.
Brooklyn Scouts has four age-based levels of participation (Chimpmunks, Otter, Timberwolf, Pathfinder), all of which are co-ed and include both male and female participants and leaders.