|Heart of America Council, BSA Be Prepared Program|
As Scouts, it's our duty to be prepared. And now more than ever, being prepared is more than just a slogan. It's a promise. A promise to make our communities better places to live and a promise to develop young people of character. The Heart of America Council's Scouting program, by emphasizing ethics and moral values, prepares youth to be leaders, to accept responsibility, and to care about causes beyond their own self-interest.
There have been three national studies and one local study (in North Kansas City) conducted that demonstrate youth in the scouting program have better attendance in school, score higher on state assessments and the ACT test, and are more likely to graduate. The Scouting program is successful because it emphasizes character, citizenship, leadership and personal fitness through advancement and local unit activities.
Scouting provides a series of surmountable obstacles—and the necessary steps to overcoming the obstacles—in order to advance in rank. This approach, and the resiliency it helps develop, provides invaluable life lessons at an early age. Scouts plan their advancement track and progress at their own pace as they meet each challenge. Merit Badges, Chips and Adventures are all key pieces of the advancement method. There are more than 135 Merit Badges available to Scouts on a wide variety of topics and skills.
Child Abuse Exercise & Crime Prevention Merit Badge
In the Cub Scout Program, in addition to each rank advancement's requirements, the Scout must also complete an exercise with their parent or guardian entitled, "How to Protect your Children from Child Abuse" and a corresponding age-appropriate video.
In addition, Our ScoutsBSA program introduces the Crime Prevention Merit Badge where Scouts explore the role and value of laws in society with regard to crime and crime prevention. Each Scout will progress through the Crime Prevention Merit Badge requirements and participate in the "Drugs: A Deadly Game Choose to Refuse" booklet.
To help our youth stay safe while online, we will also introduce the Cyber Chip program. In developing this exciting new tool, the BSA teamed up with content expert NetSmartz®, part of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children® and training expert for many law enforcement agencies.
Topics addressed include cyberbullying, cell phone use, texting, blogging, gaming, and identity theft. The Cyber Chip program is woven into our Scouting Rank Advancement system and delivers grade-level specific information to empower our Scouts to remain safe while online. Finally, we will provide training resources to all Scouting Units in Jackson County on how to administer these programs within their own pack or troop.
The Scouts participating in our pilot program at the Kansas City Police Department Explorer Post, which provides career exploration activities to our youth, will go beyond simply participating in these programs and will also learn to disseminate this critical information to other youth in our community.
Finally, are proud to be able to continue expanding our partnerships and youth offerings through the ScoutReach program. With support from the Blue Hills Neighborhood Association and Jackson County Prosecutor's Office, our Scouts benefit from Conflict Resolution Training.
A partnership with the Kansas City Public Schools District allows us to work with three KCPS middle school cohorts and share Trauma-Informed Care training to identify and support those Scouts who have experienced or witnessed violence based trauma. In addition our Explorers program requires all Scouts to deliver at least three trainings (learned in the Scouting program) to their classes in 10-15 minute presentations throughout the school day. Those trainings must include Conflict Resolution and Drug-Violence prevention along with a third topic of their choice.
Click on the window icon (upper right corner) of the map below to expand. List of all program locations is included with expanded view of map. Locations are also listed on this page below the map.
Heart of America Council, 10210 Holmes Rd, Kansas City, MO 64131
South Patrol Station Kansas City Police Department, 10210 Holmes Rd, Kansas City, MO 64131
Gregg/Klice Community Center, 1600 E 17th Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64108
Blue Hills Neighborhood Association, 5309 Woodland Ave, Kansas City, MO 64110
Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council, 3700 Woodland Ave, Kansas City, MO 64109
LINC - Troost Elementary After Care Program, 1215 E 59th St, Kansas City, MO 64110
Central Middle School, 3611 Linwood Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64128
Operation Breakthrough, 3039 Troost Ave, Kansas City, MO 64109
Brush Creek Community Center & Pool, 3801 Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64130
LINC - George Melcher Elementary, 3958 Chelsea Ave, Kansas City, MO 64130
LINC - Lee A Tolbert Community Academy, 3400 The Paseo, Kansas City, MO 64109
Success Academy at Anderson, 1601 Forest Ave, Kansas City, MO 64108
KC Board of Police Commissioners, 1125 Locust St, Kansas City, MO 64106
Ingels Elementary School, 11600 Food Ln, Kansas City, MO 64134
Academy for Integrated Arts, 7910 Troost Ave, Kansas City, MO 64131
Brookside Charter School, 1815 E 63rd St, Kansas City, MO 64130
Emmanuel Family & Child Center - Food Distribution Center, 2416 Swope Pkwy, Kansas City, MO 64130
Genesis School, 3800 E 44th St, Kansas City, MO 64130
Guadalupe Center's Elementary School, 5123 E Truman Rd, Kansas City, MO 64127
Pleasant Green Baptist Church, 2910 E 30th St, Kansas City, MO 64128
Southeast Community Center, 4201 E 63rd St, Kansas City, MO 64130
University Academy, 6801 Holmes Rd, Kansas City, MO 64131
Lincoln College Prep Middle School, 2012 E 23rd St, Kansas City, MO 64127
LINC - African-Centered College Preparatory Academy, 6410 Swope Pkwy, Kansas City, MO 64130
LINC - Baptiste Educational Center, 5401 E 103rd St, Kansas City, MO 64137
LINC - Banneker Elementary School, 7050 Askew Ave, Kansas City, MO 64132
LINC - Border Star Montessori, 6321 Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO 64113
LINC - Center Elementary School, 8401 Euclid Ave, Kansas City, MO 64132
LINC - Conn-West Elementary School, 1100 Highgrove Rd, Grandview, MO 64030
LINC - Dobbs Elementary School, 9400 Eastern Ave, Kansas City, MO 64138
LINC - Faxon Elementary School, 1320 E 32 Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64109
LINC - Foreign Language Academy, 3450 Warwick Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64111
LINC - Garfield Elementary School, 436 Prospect Ave, Kansas City, MO 64124
LINC - George Washington Carver School, 4600 Elmwood Ave, Kansas City, MO 64130
LINC - Gladstone Elementary School, 335 N Elmwood Ave, Kansas City, MO 64123
LINC - Hale Cook Elementary School, 7302 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City, MO 64114
LINC - Holliday Montessori School, 7227 Jackson Ave, Kansas City, MO 64132
LINC - Indian Creek Elementary School, 9801 Grand Ave, Kansas City, MO 64114
LINC - J.A. Rogers Elementary School, 6400 23rd St, Kansas City, MO 64129
LINC - James Elementary School, 5810 Scarritt Ave, Kansas City, MO 64123
LINC - King Elementary School, 4848 Woodland Ave, Kansas City, MO 64110
LINC - Longfellow Elementary School, 2830 Holmes St, Kansas City, MO 64109
LINC - Martin City K8, 201 E 133rd St, Kansas City, MO 64145
LINC - Meadowmere Elementary School, 7010 E 136th St, Grandview, MO 64030
LINC - Primitivo Garcia Elementary School, 1000 W 17 St, Kansas City, MO 64108
LINC - Santa Fe Middle School, 8908 Old Santa Fe Rd, Kansas City, MO 64138
LINC - Topping Elementary School, 4433 N Topping Ave, Kansas City, MO 64117
LINC - Trailwoods Elementary School, 6201 E 17th St, Kansas City, MO 64126
LINC - Truman Elementary School, 9601 James A Reed Rd, Kansas City, MO 64134
LINC - Warford Elementary School, 11400 Cleveland Ave, Kansas City, MO 64137
LINC - Wheatley Elementary School, 2415 Agnes Ave, Kansas City, MO 64127
LINC - Whittier Elementary School, 1012 Bales Ave, Kansas City, MO 64127
Butcher-Greene Elementary School, 5302 E 140 St, Grandview, MO 64030
Pitcher Elementary School, 9915 E 38 Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64133
Calvary Temple, 5612 St John Ave, Kansas City, MO 64123
Child Development, 5900 Swope Pkwy, Kansas City, MO 64130
Covenant Presbyterian Church, 5931 Swope Pkwy, Kansas City, MO 64130
Friendship Baptist Church, 3530 Chelsea Dr #3500, Kansas City, MO 64128
Garrison Community Center, 1124 E 5th St, Kansas City, MO 64106
Holy Cross Catholic School, 121 N Quincy Ave, Kansas City, MO 64123
Macedonia Baptist Church, 1700 Linwood Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64109
Metropolitan Missionary Baptist, 2310 E Linwood Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64109
Palestine Missionary Baptist of Jesus Christ, 3619 E 35th St, Kansas City, MO 64128
Saint James, 5540 Wayne Ave, Kansas City, MO 64110