Boy Scourts of America National Council
Februay 19, 2009
The Boy Scouts of America has announced a partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Ready Kids, a family-friendly program designed to increase the level of citizen preparedness nationwide by motivating and helping parents and teachers to educate children about the importance of being prepared for emergencies.
Ready Kids is a public-awareness campaign launched February 2 as part of the DHS’ commitment to emergency preparedness. Ready Kids is the newest addition to the successful Ready campaign, a national public service campaign to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies, including natural disasters and terrorist attacks. The BSA is joining this initiative given its 96-year commitment to instilling values in America’s youth to “Be Prepared”â€”the Scouting motto.
“We are delighted to partner with the Department of Homeland Security on this very important initiative for America,” said Roy Williams, Chief Scout Executive. “Scouting embodies the very essence of being prepared and has specific training and merit badges designed to encourage proper awareness and planning in our Scouts. To partner on a program such as this allows us to reinforce the importance of preparation to families throughout the nation.”
The BSA commitment to national preparedness extends through its Emergency Preparedness merit badge, the BSA Emergency Preparedness Award, and the BSA Ready and Prepared Award, among a multitude of other activities that require specific training. These three challenging preparedness-related awards require fulfillment of several objectives, including youth protection, environmental awareness and safety assessment, driving and traffic safety, first aid readiness, personal fitness, precautions for aquatic activities, and effective emergency planning.