5th Annual Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award Banquet 
6:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 27, 2016 Green Island Country Club, Columbus GA

We are thrilled to announce that Rodney Mahone, Ingeborg Wills and Waffle House will be honorees for the 2016 Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award. Pastor Farnsworth Coleman Sr. will also be the Keynote speaker. The national Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award is designed to recognize those individuals and corporations who have been instrumental in the development of Scouting for rural, urban and suburban youth who often face challenging barriers.

The Boy Scouts of America provides a needed service in our local community that would not be possible without your support. 

To register: Ticket Registration

2016 Whitney M. Young Committee:

Lativia Rivers                           Samisha Hamler                           Carl Brown

Pat Eldridge                             Arisa Wheeler                              Phaedra Childers

Arisa Wheeler                           Hattie Wyatt                                Charonda Huff

If you require additional information about the Boy Scouts of America, please contact me at (706) 341-3341 or by email Philip.wright@scouting.org  and I’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.  If you are sending your donation in the form of a check, please make it payable to Boy Scouts of America and mail to: 1237 First Avenue, Columbus GA 31901.

Scouting emphasizes the value of learning and tries to instill in youth the thirst for knowledge.  Our goals are to help youth learn and grow so that they are productive, engaged members of the community.  And, working together we can more effectively ensure that all youth are provided with opportunities to reach their full potential.

To read the most recent annual report: click here to download.


The Scoutreach Division has added 316 new Cub Scouts.  With each new Scout come needs: uniforms, registration assistance, and camp fee assistance. We desperately need help equipping each Scout with the proper materials and opportunities to have a well rounded Scouting experience. The following list outlines our needs: 
  • Robots for STEALM (1 sphero robot: $128.00)
  • Registration for 316 Scouts at $24/12 months                                                                                     
  • Insurance for 316 Scouts at $2.97/12 months                                                                                      
  • T-Shirts for 316 Scouts at$11.50/12 months                                                                                         
  • Handbooks  for 316 Scouts at $15.00/12 months                                                                                                
  • Activity badges for 316 Scouts (8 over 12 months at $2.25)                                                              
  • Promotional fliers for Spring and Fall recruitment (100 posters, fliers and stickers)                     

This represents our most pressing need and will have the greatest net impact on our ability to adequately serve the young people of Columbus.




The Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award Banquet is an opportunity for us the raise the funds needed to provide service through the Scoutreach Program.

These skills and merit badges provide the foundation for what could be a new engineer, doctor, or lawyer in our community one day. Last year the Scouts that were supported now have a better respect for our flag, a heart of service, character education, and lots of fun and adventure thanks to you.

This program serves as a highly successful example of Scouting’s commitment to teaching young people to become service leaders in their community while addressing important societal issues.

The STEALM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Leadership and Math) program continues to impact youth. The program has grown from one school in 2013 to ten schools in 2015 and twelve schools in 2016 so far. Without the hard work of the Whitney M. Young Jr. Committee none of this would be possible. The STEALM program is serving over 488 youth. 

STEALM education is an economic imperative. Experts say that technological innovation accounted for almost half of U. S. economic growth over the past 50 years, and almost all of the 30 fastest growing occupations in the next decade will require at least some background in STEALM. The National Science Foundation estimates that 80% of the jobs created in the next decade will require some form of math and science skills.

STEALM Program:

Lesson Plans: click here to down load