Scouts Aim To Broaden Impact

Local Scouts of the Gulf Stream Council are looking to increase their positive impact on the community by getting more people involved in local programs.

The 8,000 Scouts and volunteers in the Gulf Stream Council completed 77,682 hours of service in the community last year. Those good deeds add up to a value of $1,917,968.58 based on Independent Sector’s latest valuation. Each pack or troop decides which service projects to pursue based on the needs of their neighborhood or the broader community. These efforts range from food drives to park cleanups, but they share a common goal of serving the community.

To join the Scouts’ efforts and the fun they have along the way, families should be on the lookout for communication from local schools or visit Local packs will be hosting Sign Up Nights at area elementary schools, where parents can learn more about Scouting programs, which are now open to both boys and girls ages 5 to 17, and how Scouting can make a positive impact on their lives and the community.

The Gulf Stream Council has been serving the youth of Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Henry, Glades and Okeechobee counties for more than 104 years. There are currently more than 8,000 registered members — 6,000 youth and 2,000 adult volunteers — benefiting from the programs offered through the council, which is based in Palm Beach Gardens. For more information, visit