The past year was full of exciting changes for the DAC. We embraced Family Scouting and welcomed 756 girls into Cub Scouts, (ages 5-10). We continue to foster programs that reach a diverse youth market, including the Leadership Assistance Program, or LeAP. Launched in 2012, LeAP is a program for all youth in the Denver Metro area who are affected by economic and social hardships. These youth are provided with everything necessary to become a Scout, including uniforms and scholarships to attend camps.
At the end of 2018, our Growing Future Leaders capital campaign raised nearly $12 million of an $18 million goal, allowing us to execute the first phase of construction at Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch. The first phase included a new 3,600-square-foot wood deck and 1,200-square-foot kitchen addition to the dining hall, as well as renovations to the basement and main floor. The second phase of the campaign includes facility upgrades to enhance programs for Scouts.
In 2018, the DAC also dedicated the Donald E. Scott Colorado Adventure Point (CAP) to recognize Donald E. Scott and his contributions to our community. An Outstanding Eagle Scout, Donald E. Scott devoted more than 30 years of leadership to the Denver Area Council. CAP is an indoor adventure facility located at Hamilton Scout Headquarters. In 2018 CAP served more than 6,000 youth, both Scouts and non-Scouts. CAP offers a two-story rock-climbing wall, archery and air rifle shooting ranges, industrial fabrication lab, sustainability lab, technology lab, and more.
The Boy Scouts of America’s timeless values of character building, citizenship training, a duty to God, being prepared and doing a good turn daily give Scouting and the Denver Area Council a competitive edge. We must continue to work together to extend the benefits and opportunity of Scouting to youth in every neighborhood in Denver and the Western Slope. We look forward to the future that our life-changing programs provide to youth!
Yours in Scouting,
John G. Cabeza