The term “nature-deficit disorder” was coined by author Richard Louv in his book “Last Child in the Woods” to describe what happens to young people who become disconnected from their natural world. Louv links this division from nature to some of the most disturbing childhood trends, such as the rises in obesity, attention deficit disorder, and depression. Kids spend an average of 6 hours a day in front of some kind of screen. 4 percent of schools in the United States have cut recess. Our children may be the first generation to have a shorter lifespan than their parents.
Angler's Covey has chosen to invest in the Boy Scouts of America, the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organization. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating in citizenship, and develops personal fitness.
For nearly a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes — and, through nearly a century of experience, knows — that helping our youth is key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.
The values and skills boys learn in Scouting last a lifetime. More than 8 in 10 men (83 percent) who were Scouts agree that “the values I learned in Scouting continue to be very important to me.” Men who were Scouts for ﬁve or more years as boys are more likely than men with no Scouting experience to:
• Graduate from high school (91 percent versus 87 percent),
• Graduate from college (35 percent versus 19 percent),
• Earn higher annual household incomes ($80,000 versus $61,000),
• Value family relationships highly (81 percent versus 72 percent),
• Have lifelong friendships (89 percent versus 74 percent),
• Attend religious services (87 percent versus 77 percent), and
• Believe helping others should come before one’s own self-interest (92 percent versus 83 percent).
In addition, more than 8 in 10 men who were Scouts (83 percent) say that there have been real-life situations in which having been a Scout helped them to be a better leader.
Young people need mentors. Positive relationships with adults — community and religious leaders and, of course, parents — provide youth with good role models and have a powerful impact on their lives. Young people of every age can benefit from constructive, one-on-one interaction with adults beyond their own families. Scouting provides such adult interaction. We have a process that screens, selects, and trains the leaders who can provide the extra attention all young people need to succeed in life.
Helping kids; can there be any greater investment than to teach a child? This is exactly why several people have come together to help the BSA Camp Alexander develop resources and programs to help kids discover life. Over the past five years the Boy Scouts, Angler's Covey, the US Forest Service, the Colorado Division of Wildlife, and local enthusiasts have created a vision for the development of resources at Camp Alexander to meet the needs of various kids' programs. A stream restoration project has been completed, providing over $250,000 of stream improvements. We are also in our fifth year of managing the Fly Fishing Merit Badge program at Camp Alexander. This program connects over one hundred young adults with the sport of fly fishing.
Each year we are looking for volunteers to help in our efforts to provide a quality experience for the scouts attending. Each Day starts at 8:45 AM, meeting at the pavilion, and will end at 11:45 AM.
Because of the level of detail involved with the BSA Fly Fishing Merit Badge we have divided the merit badge activity into five units:
1. Fly Tying (Split Tues and Wed)
2. Casting Class (Split Tues and Wed)
3. Nymphing and Dry Fly Fishing (Thursday)
We are looking for volunteers to help teach Fly Tying and Casting on Tuesday and Wednesday. This is done in groups of six or less. We can also use help on Thursdays with the on-stream session, Nymphing and Dry Fly Fishing, with our guides.
You can volunteer for just one day this summer or for one day every week. We are trying to be flexible in order to get as much participation as possible.
You do NOT have to be an expert angler to be a merit badge counselor, but there are a few requirerments that need to be completed before you can help.
Details are posted here with some additional information about the Fly Fishing Merit Badge Program.
REQUIRED TO VOLUNTEER
1. Complete a Boy Scout Background check. Blank copies aviable at Anglers Covey.
Turn into Phil Benton @ Anglers Covey
2. Go to the BSA website, create and account and complete the Youth Protection Training.
A printed copy must be turned in with background check.
An updated copy must be turned into Phil every 2 years.
3. Sign-up for as many days and tasks as you can.
Check out our 2014 Volunteer list here and sign-up to help scouts!
This is required to be completed every 2 years.
You must print a copy and bring to the shop