Local Scouts are working together like never before.

The Scouts have created the Jackson County BSA Scouting Community, which will create a way for the different Scouting groups to coordinate and work together in new ways.

“We are in the beginning stages of setting up a new and exciting approach to scouting in our area,” said Erik Summers, Scout leader with Pack 43 in Ravenswood. “Our plan is to have all the different scouting units in Jackson County to work together to bring a better program to our youth. By doing so we will also be able to host many more local events that will benefit the youth of Jackson County.”

You can follow the community on Facebook by searching for “scouting community of Jackson County, WV.”

The Jackson County BSA Scouting Community wants all youth ages 5 to 17 to have the opportunity to benefit from the Scouting experience.

“The Scout experience not only gives youth what they want, but also what they need and what society needs,” Summers said.

Summers said research shows that participation in the Boy Scouts of America helps build courage, confidence, and character, and equips children to be leaders in their own lives, their communities, and the world.

Scouting offers a variety of programs that are both fun and empowering.

Scouting values emphasize:

• Character - leadership development and ethics

• Citizenship - civic responsibility, environmental stewardship and sustainability

• Fitness - physical, mental, and emotional fitness, including anti-bullying

Scouts learn valuable leadership skills and how to stay focused and committed to long-term goals. They are taught important life skills, including personal health, finances, first aid, and swimming. They become involved in the community through a variety of volunteer work, Summers said.

“Children need to belong to a group of children their own age. Through this sense of belonging they build self-esteem and learn to get along with others,” Summers said.

Summers said parents want to be assured the groups their child joins will teach values consistent with good citizenship, character development, and physical fitness. Boy Scouts of America has been weaving these lifetime values into fun and educational activities since 1910.

“We are looking for volunteers to help. All volunteers will go through a background check and have to complete Youth Protection Training prior to volunteering,” Summers said.

For information on volunteering call 304-531-8452

For more information on how to get your child signed up for Scouting visit beascout.org or visit the Facebook page.