January 31, 2020
Daniel Davis, District Director of the Two Bays District of The Del-Mar-Va Council The Boy Scouts of America, recently addressed the Dover Colonial Rotary Club. Mr. Davis, a club member, began by recounting the century-long close relationship between Rotary International and the Boy Scouts.
Chicago attorney Paul Harris founded Rotary International on February 23, 1905. The Boy Scouts were founded by Robert Baden-Powell, a British Army Officer, on January 24, 1908. The Boy Scouts of America began on February 10, 1910, but the organization really began to grow when in January 1911, attorney James E. West became the first Chief Scout Executive. Seeking assistance with the development of the fledgling organization, West enlisted the aid of his good friend, Paul Harris.
Today each of these organizations established and maintain philanthropic foundations. Additionally, Rotary oversees the Paul Harris Fellowship, and the Boy Scouts manage the James West Fellowship. Both of these distinctions are awarded to members of their respective organizations who contribute $1000 or more. Both groups actively engage in community outreach programs and service initiatives.
Boy Scout chapters are normally sponsored by various local community organizations such as religious groups, schools, and non-profits. Here in Kent Country, every area Rotary Club provides assistance of one kind or another to the scouts. This includes the Camden-Wyoming, Capital, Colonial, Downtown, Milford and Smyrna Clayton Rotary Clubs.
Mr. Davis further explained how his plans for 2020 include the establishment of two new scouting troops, one of which he hopes to have sponsored by the Islamic Society of Central Delaware and the other by Calvary Baptist Church. He is also planing an expanded collaboration with 21st Century Learning Centers, an after-school learning program sponsored by the Capital School District. Additionally, Mr. Davis hopes to have a Cub Scout troop from Booker T. Washington Elementary School formed. “Since they can’t come to the scouts,” he said of underserved student populations, “then the scouts will come to them.” Another planned Del-Mar-Va Council of Boy Scouts partnership is with Bayhealth Healthcare Systems in the organization of Healthcare Explorer programs. These projects provide high school students with the opportunity to learn more about careers in health care. Similar Explorer programs are also under development in partnership with local law enforcement agencies, and will likewise give students a chance to learn about careers in that field of endeavor. Mr. Davis hopes to eventually expand the scope and availability of such programs to include many other industries and businesses.
For more information about The Two Bays District of The Del-Mar-Va Council The Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.delmarvacouncil.org/1525.