About: Volunteer Opportunities

Scouting offers a variety of programs that are both fun and empowering; making opportunities available to NYC's youth and preparing them for a lifetime of engaged citizenship. 
Scouting values emphasize: 

  • Character- leadership development and ethics 
  • Citizenship- civic responsibility, environmental stewardship & sustainability
  • Fitness- physical, mental, and emotional fitness, including anti-bullying

Your volunteer work with Scouts will be echoed by our participants, as Scouts, Explorers, and Venturers plan and carry out community improvement projects. In 2016 Scouting youth and adults completed over 250,000 hours of community service.

Unit Level Volunteer:

Behind every trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent Scout is a long line of committed volunteers who share those same traits. Volunteering has always been the very bedrock of the Scouting program. Ask any of our volunteers and they’ll tell you, volunteering with Scouting is as rewarding to them as it is meaningful to the kids. Watching kids grow is one thing — leading them through the process is a whole new experience all together. Contact: Joe Schiltz

Host a Business Exploring Post:

Partner with the premier career-awareness program for NYC’s high school students.

With the help of the Exploring team, businesses provide a meeting space, recruit staff volunteers, and develop a program agenda. Most organize projects to provide an immersive experience such as site visits, mock trials, investment contests, and marketing plans. A post’s schedule can be tailored to work best for your institution. Typically a business partner will host 3 ninety minute meetings. Through these programs students have the opportunity to network, gain hands-on experience, and build their resume.

PARTNERS INCLUDE

NYU MEDICAL SILVERCUP STUDIOS
CREDIT SUISSE PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE
CON EDISON BOROUGH D.A.’S OFFICES
STRUCTURE TONE M & T BANK
“I attended over 5 Exploring programs at Citi, AMA, PwC, Boston Properties, and others. Now as a sophomore in college I get to intern every summer and I get to work upon graduation at Ernst and Young. If it weren’t for all the skills and knowledge that Exploring provided me through their workshops, I would have never gotten to where I am today."

-Chelsea V.; Exploring Alumni 

www.nyexploring.org      Contact: Samuel Bell

Event Level Volunteer:

The Greater New York Councils, Boy Scouts of America organize and run events for young people throughout the year, culminating with our marquee event ‘The World Championship
Pinewood Derby’ in June. Events take place in all five boroughs year-round including summer
day camps. During these events many hands will make for light work, and a safer environment for participants. To find out about an upcoming volunteer event opportunity Contact: Dave Swartz

 

Council-wide Committee Member:

Lend your expertise to work behind the scenes on a council-wide committee. Using your time volunteering in a way that applies your knowledge and strengths to help the children of New York City; as a committee member you will have input to shape our councils program, organize events, and ensure our success. Committees include- COPE & Climbing, STEM , Aquatics, Technology (I.T.), Conservation, Advancement, Activities, and Communications.

 

Merit Badge Event Host:

With more than 135 different merit badges Scouts can learn about business, sports, crafts, science, trades, and future careers as they work on requirements. Join businesses like CNN, Linkedin, and The New York Times, in hosting an event. We’ll coordinate with you to run a program offering a merit badge that ties-in appropriately and gives Scouts the chance to learn about a subject through the lens of your industry. Contact: Markus Olvet

 

Eagle Scout Mentor:

Are you an Eagle Scout living in NYC? A simple way you can be involved and give back is as an Eagle Scout Mentor. Help Scouts to attain the rank of Eagle Scout, by advising them through the process. Lend your advice and insight as they work to manage their time, complete the rank requirements, and organize their service project. Contact: Dave Swartz