The United Way of Dubuque has awarded the Northeast Iowa Council, Boy Scouts of America a grant totaling $32,232 for the 2016-2017 allocation period to fund four parts of the Scouting programs. The four programs that received grant funding from the United Way include Cub Scout and Boy Scout Advancement, Exploring, Scoutreach, and Scouting for Food.
The Cub Scout and Boy Scout Advancement program is the process by which the youth progress from rank to rank and is designed to help units carry out the aims and mission of the Boy Scouts of America. 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.
Exploring is a co-ed, hands-on career exploration program for teenagers designed to provide exciting activities and one-on-one mentorship for youth looking to discover their future. There are currently over ten Exploring Posts providing youth with hands-on career exploration experiences.
Scoutreach is a program serving elementary-age boys, who might not have the means to join a traditional pack. Scoutreach takes place in several locations in Dubuque and Dyersville and help the participants go camping or participate in other district activities.
Scouting for Food is an annual Food Drive that helps supply the local food banks with food for over six months. The program is designed to encourage Scouts to provide service to their communities. The 2016 Scouting for Food drive collected more than 27,000 pounds of food.
The Boy Scouts Northeast Iowa Council serves 2,312 youth in six counties in Iowa and Illinois. The Council, supported by 1,081 volunteers, is headquartered in Dubuque, IA.