June 10, 2022
ScoutReach coming to L.A. County Parks
NEW Partnership between L.A. County Parks and Recreation and the Greater L.A. Area Council’s ScoutReach
LOS ANGELES, CA – On June 11, the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), in collaboration with the Greater Los Angeles Area Council’s ScoutReach (GLAAC), will hold a ribbon cutting and program launch event to celebrate the arrival of Scouting Programs within L.A. County’s unincorporated parks. The celebration will be hosted at Belvedere Park, located at 4914 E, Chavez Ave., Los Angeles, CA. The celebration begins at 11 am.
“This innovative partnership intentionally makes deeper investments in BIPOC youth by leveraging the resources of each organization to carry out a mission of diversity, equity and inclusion in communities hardest hit by COVID19, and who too are impacted by the financial stressors of today. Our park system is vast and features some of the most unique outdoor settings from trails, open space, campgrounds, nature centers and sanctuaries for youth explore and build their skills in outdoor leadership,” shared Norma E. García-González, Los Angeles County Director of Parks and Recreation.
This partnership between DPR and GLAAC serves as a means for both organizations to share and bolster their visions and values of equity, access and inclusion for diverse communities, starting with a no cost Scouting program at Belvedere Park in East L.A. and at Earvin Magic Johnson Park in South L.A. Eliminating financial barriers to participation will ensure entire families can access this positive youth development program that youth can continue through their academic journey. The Scouting experience will build community cohesion and connectivity by bringing youth, families and mentors together around a common purpose united around investing in positive youth development.
DPR’s Scouting Program launched in April to resounding success, with enrollment already at capacity at Belvedere Park and still growing at Earvin Magic Johnson Park. Scouting allows for youth to engage with a variety of both group activities that instill a sense of responsibility, teamwork and curiosity in youth. Both DPR and GLAAC firmly believe that these opportunities should be made readily accessible to all, regardless of socio-economic status. This program continues and acts upon that shared belief and marks the beginning of not only the partnership
between organizations but underscores an intentional focus of creating outdoor leadership opportunities for BIPOC youth to experience.
“We are thrilled to enter this unique partnership with L.A. County Parks and Recreation. We share a commitment to the community’s youth, ensuring that all kids have the opportunity to experience the benefits of outdoor adventures all the while developing life skills that will equip
them as they become contributing young adults,” shared Priscilla Hernandez, Vice President of Greater Los Angeles Boy Scouts of America, ScoutReach.
The event this Saturday will host key speakers critical to this program, demonstration of Scouting activities by our participants as well as a ribbon cutting to formally kick-off Scouting in LA County’s unincorporated Parks.
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About LA County Parks and Recreation The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation manages 183 parks and operates a network of 70,079 acres of parkland, 475 sports amenities such as futsal, basketball, tennis, lawn bowling and multipurpose fields, 42 swimming pools, 15 wildlife sanctuaries, 10 nature centers that serve as a refuge for over 200 animals, 14 lakes – 3 of which are boating and swimming lakes, 5 equestrians centers, more than 210 miles of multi-use trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding, and the largest municipal golf system in the nation, consisting of 20 golf courses. The department also maintains four botanical centers: The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, the South Coast Botanic Garden, Descanso Gardens, and Virginia Robinson Gardens. The department also owns and operates the iconic Hollywood Bowl and John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, which are jointly managed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, providing County residents with valuable entertainment and cultural resources.