Founded in 1910 on the principles of making a difference through civic service, Scouting provides quality youth programs that build good character and leadership skills, while building better communities. The Denver Area Council (DAC), Boy Scouts of America (BSA), was established in 1916 and settled into its current location in Lakewood, Colorado, in 2009. Through the years the mission has remained the same, 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.
DAC offers innovative programs including overnight adventure camps, as well as day camps at Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch and Tahosa High Adventure Base. Scouts and their families can explore the beautiful landscape and terrain in Colorado while participating in outdoor activities such as hiking, canoeing, mountain biking, white water rafting, and much more.
DAC also offers specialty Day Camps like STEM and Makers Camp at Donald E. Scott Colorado Adventure Point (CAP). STEM helps girls and boys learn about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through creative, hands-on activities and challenges youth through new experiments designed to teach critical thinking and the scientific method. Makers Camp inspires campers with innovative projects that promote creativity, build confidence, and teaches art concepts.
Scouting is all about providing youth with a unique experience and an unforgettable outdoor adventure with family and friends. Scouting promotes character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness.
As the community continues to grow and diversify, DAC remains committed to growing youth into future leaders including young women. In February of 2019, DAC welcomed girls into Scouts BSA, all of whom now can earn Scouting’s highest rank, Eagle Scout. More than 1,000 young women from the Denver metro area have joined Scouting to build their adventure and become a leader in the community.
Ally, a member of Troop 34G in the Frontier District, joined Scouting to participate in activities other organizations did not offer. Since her time in Scouting, she has been able to participate in outdoor camping and cooking activities, all of which is her favorite part of Scouting. She has also found true value in the program through the Scout Oath and Law. “I think you have to embrace the Scout Oath and Law in your everyday life and make sure you can help others at all times,” says Ally.
Ally has become more independent, less shy, more outgoing, and a better leader through Scouting. She is one of many young women striving to achieve Eagle Scout rank in 2021.
To learn more about Scouting, visit denverboyscouts.org.