This year, Scout Sunday falls on Sunday, February 5th. The special day falls three days before the national organization’s 107th anniversary and recognizes the contributions of young people and adults to Scouting. Since February 8, 1910, the Boy Scouts of America has enhanced the lives of millions through its youth programs that offer adventure, character development, and leadership-building opportunities. Today, the nonprofit is one of the largest, values-based youth development organizations in the United States.
Since 2010, The Rees-Jones Foundation has supported the Boy Scouts of America’s Circle Ten Council, which operates four camps across North Texas including Clements Scout Ranch/Trevor Rees-Jones Scout Camp in Athens, Texas. In 2015 alone, Circle Ten Council provided fun-filled camping and character-building opportunities for more than 38,000 Scouts and 17,000 “Learning for Life” participants in North Texas and part of Oklahoma – and this number is growing! Through adventure activities such as sport shooting, fishing, canoeing, and zip lining, Scouts develop lifelong skills and deep-rooted friendships.
To this day, Trevor Rees-Jones, co-founder with his wife Jan, of The Rees-Jones Foundation and merited Eagle Scout, vows “Scouting was an opportunity for me to develop my leadership abilities. As I repeated the Scout Oath and Law over and over again, I became more like the words I was saying.” In addition, Rees-Jones commends the organization for its emphasis on moral virtues, saying “Being a Boy Scout had a tremendous impact on my childhood and encouraged Christian values I still hold near today.”
As a faith-based organization, the Boy Scouts of America teaches young boys to be “trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.” Regardless of demographic background, Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones and the Foundation believe that all youth should have the opportunity to learn such values.
A Circle Ten Council program that does just this is ScoutReach, which connects at-risk youth from disadvantaged backgrounds to opportunities where they can develop moral values, leadership skills, and more. With ScoutReach, young people from all socioeconomic backgrounds have the chance to enjoy camping and Scouting, making memories that last a lifetime. Today, ScoutReach serves nearly 13,000 youth in Circle Ten Council.