New opportunities for Osage youth with the Boy Scouts of America Cherokee Area Council and Osage Nation programs are being developed for girls and boys between the ages of 13 and 18.
The partnership includes:
- ON Police Department Explorer Post 360
- ON Emergency Management Explorer Post 580
- ON TASC Ranger Post 090
- ON Communities of Excellence Environmental Stewardship/Healthy Futures Venturing Crew 569
- Wah-Zha-Zhi Youth Advisory Council Venturing Crew 567 (comprised of Osage youth only)
The Venturing Crews will learn skills such as team building, public speaking and interviewing. They will learn about career opportunities in the health fields and explore environmental stewardship by creating outdoor learning spaces. Each crew will plan and operate their crews with the guidance of qualified adult advisors.
The Explorer Posts will learn how the ONPD operates and may participate in Ride-Alongs. The group will also have the opportunity to learn about firefighting skills and handle community emergencies from ON Emergency Management.
The Ranger Posts will explore the positive living side of life and create safe environments for everyone.
All groups have the opportunity to participate in outdoor activities including backpacking, sailing, scuba diving, arts and hobbies, horseback riding, teaching skills to others, rock climbing, living history, cave exploring, service projects, cultural storytelling, team building, and much more.
The Wah-Zha-Zhi Youth Advisory Council comprised of Osage youth will explore the ON government and how the Osage youth fit into planning for the future.
Anyone interested in being an adult adviser, willing to take leadership training to serve as Post Leaders, Venture Crew Leaders and Ranger Post Leaders, are needed.
For more information contact ON Communities of Excellence at (918) 287-5267.