Avenues of Service - Scouting

The Rotary-Scouting Connection

Rotary International is a national partner of the Boy Scouts of America, and recognizes Scouting's importance in instilling shared values in young people. Like Rotary, Scouting is an international organization with Scouting programs throughout the world

The values expressed in Rotary International's Motto and the Four-Way Test greatly parallel those articulated in the Scout Oath, Law, motto, and slogan. Rotarians have long served as role models, demonstrating leadership, character, and the value of selfless service to the community. Rotary clubs in the United States charter nearly 1,400 Scouting units (Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, and Venturing crews) serving more than 50,000 youth members.

A longtime friend of Rotary -- the Boy Scouts of America -- marked its 100th birthday on February 8, 2010.  Read the full article from the March, 2010issue of the Rotarian magazine (PDF).

Past RI President John Kenny is an active Scouter, as were many past RI presidents, including Cliff Dochterman, after whom the International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians (IFSR) named its award for outstanding service to Scouting by Rotary Club members worldwide.

Through Collaboration With Scouting, a Rotary Club:
  • Provides mentoring opportunities for club members to share personal skills, interests, and experiences with youth participants
  • Builds better youth and future leaders for the community and the nation
  • Shares the purposes of Rotary through Scouting
  • Forms enduring friendships among future leaders of the community
  • Provides service to the community by offering a time-tested, high-quality developmental youth program that has continuous identification with your Rotary club
  • Achieves greater public awareness of the ideals of Rotary
For more information, please visit the IFSR website at www.ifsr-net.org or Boy Scouts of America where brochures and more information about the Rotary-Scouting partnership can be downloaded.


Here's what the District Scouting Chair can do for your Club:

  1. Serve as a resource on matters relating to Scouting to the clubs of the district
    • Chartering Scouting units - Role of the Rotary Club and the relationship of the local club and RI to Scouting
    • Rotary's role in Scouting leadership selection for Rotary-chartered units
    • How clubs can support Scouting
    • How Scouting can support Rotary community service activities
    • How clubs can recognize Eagle Scouts, Gold Award Recipients
    • Promotion and facilitation of relationships with local Scouting leaders
  2. Promote club recognition of Scouts through Scout of the Month programs, scholarships, camperships, youth exchanges, etc.
  3. Promote club recognition of Rotarians for service to Scouting (Cliff Dochterman Award)
    • Provide information on availability and requirements for awards
    • Assistance in nominating Rotarians for awards
    • Assistance in presentation of awards
  4. Promote membership in the International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians for those Rotarians who are interested in Scouting
  5. Promote the BSA 100th Anniversary celebration year in 2010 by serving as a Speaker for clubs upon request

The Scouting Chair will also assist District leadership at its request in the following ways:

  1. Serve as a point of contact on matters related to Scouting
  2. Be available to visit or work with clubs in regard to Scouting matters
  3. Provide training, workshops, displays and other resources for district meetings as requested
  4. Serve as a liaison to Scouting officials or leaders for the district as needed

Photo Credit: At a Cameron Park Rotary Club meeting, Life Scouts Brandon and Jordan described projects at the Cameron Park Rotary Community Observatory site that they propose to accomplish as the last step in qualifying for their Eagle Scout rating.

Brandon has designed and will supervise the construction of a path from the northeast corner of the college parking lot to our paved driveway, a distance of about 180 feet. He also proposes to construct and place a picnic table made of cedar at the site. Besides designing the project Brandon must select material sources and arrange to have them delivered to the site. He said that it is interesting that when he mentions that the materials are for an Eagle Scout project the vendors usually offer a discount price or the donation of the material.

Jordan proposes a project closer to the observatory. Located to the south west of the building is an old spring surrounded by a makeshift fence. He proposes to stabilize the area around the spring and surround it with a wrought iron fence. A bench will be incorporated with the fence. A path will be constructed to provide access to the spring area by observatory visitors. The path, which will be about 200 feet long, will have a grade which will comply to handicapped standards.




Shawn Stoddard (Holly)
Rotary Club of Reno Sunrise