Highland District sits "inside" of Shawnee District and oversees our Council's two non-traditional programs - Exploring and ScoutReach.
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What is Exploring?
Career Exploring is worksite-based program for men and women ages 14-20, providing career experiences and critical skills. Jayhawk Area Council has five exploring posts in Highland - Law Enforcement, Aviation, two Fire Service and Law and Government .
What Is ScoutReach?
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Jayhawk Area Council’s ScoutReach program is our commitment to making sure that all young men have an opportunity to join Scouting, regardless of their circumstances, neighborhood or ethnic background.
ScoutReach is modeled after a traditional troop setting and helps young men to make ethical and moral choices by instilling the values of the Scout Oath and Law. It is an interactive program that consists of a lesson for the day, a learning activity and a physical activity. ScoutReach has a vision to help these youth develop academic skills, self-confidence, ethics, leadership and citizen skills that will influence their adult lives.
Jayhawk Area Council of Boy Scouting is proud to be celebrating its 20th year of our ScoutReach program. Our current community partners include the Boys & Girls Club of Topeka, Deer Creek Community Center, Central Park Community Center and the YWCA-Kidsquest program.
Of special note is our Breaking Barriers program. Each month Scoutreach works with women in the Topeka Correctional Facility set up an afternoon Scout meeting with their sons. Modeled after a Cub Scout Pack meeting, the mothers work the week before setting up a schedule and activities. Family brings the youth to the weekend meeting, letting the mothers and their sons experience a special positive time learning Scout skills and values.
Jayhawk Area Council of Boy Scouting’s ScoutReach program is helping over 1,000 young men each year experience the time honored traditions of Scouting.