Indiana Scout Leader Taking National Position

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Sterrett says the scouts are working to reach outside of "traditional scouting thinking." Sterrett says the scouts are working to reach outside of "traditional scouting thinking."

Growing Boy Scout membership and updated programming in central Indiana has caught the attention of the national scout organization. Patrick Sterrett, who is currently scout executive for the Crossroads of America Council in Indianapolis, has been promoted to the number two position with the Boy Scouts of America. Sterrett says growing programs like STEM Scouts are helping to build soft skills like teamwork and experimentation that Indiana employers want in talent.

During a Studio(i) interview, Sterrett said, while many people think camping and canoeing when they think of the scouts, the organization has worked to reach outside of "traditional scouting thinking."

Among the updates the organization has made are new merit badges. Sterrett says traditional badges like beekeeping have been replaced with badges like robotics and entrepreneurship. Instead of always using the outdoors as their lab, Sterrett says scouts are getting to use actual labs to experiment in fields like robotics and biology.

To that end, the organization is continuing to grow its STEM Scouts program. Sterrett says it currently serves over 500 kids, with about 30 labs throughout the state.

The organization is also preparing for its 22nd Annual Governor's Luncheon For Scouting. The event, set for December 18 at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis, will feature speakers including Governor Eric Holcomb and Jim Morris with Pacers Sports & Entertainment. The theme of this year's event is "Heroes Start Here." You can find more information about the event by clicking here.

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