STEM Scouts Program Offers Hands-on STEM Experience

The Boy Scouts of America today announced a new pilot program, called STEM Scouts, which will roll out to 12 councils this fall and will give young people a new, fun way to discover science, technology, engineering, and math.

The BSA launched the STEM Scouts pilot program in 2014 in Knoxville, Tennessee, giving youth—both boys and girls—a new way to learn about STEM outside of the classroom with the goal of establishing a long-term interest in one of these rapidly growing fields. The pilot program served nearly 400 students and had an attendance rate of more than 90 percent.

This new program will be delivered through chartered organizations and may be augmented with mobile STEM laboratories and STEM summer camps.

The following 12 councils have been selected to participate in the STEM Scouts program, pending their board approval:

· Capitol Area Council; Austin, TX

· Pathway to Adventure; Chicago, IL

· Circle Ten Council; Dallas, TX

· Denver Area Council; Denver, CO

· Connecticut Rivers Council; East Hartford, CT

· Sam Houston Area Council; Houston, TX

· Crossroads of America Council; Indianapolis, IN

· Middle Tennessee Council; Nashville, TN

· Greater St. Louis Area Council; St. Louis, MO

· Catalina Council; Tucson, AZ

· Garden State Council; Westampton, NJ

· Samoset Council; Weston, WI