New program focuses on physical fitness, leadership and teamwork.

The local Boy Scout Council (Simon Kenton Council) announces its 2009 partnership with the Columbus Blue Jackets for its fall membership drive. Columbus Blue Jackets forward R.J. Umberger will serve as the Blue Jackets' official spokesperson for the Boy Scouts "Skate into Scouting" campaign.

"Each day, every member of our team strives to be physically fit, have a strong sense of character, and be a good leader. The Boy Scouts of America is focused on providing this foundation to young people and preparing them to score goals in whatever arena they end up playing. I invite your family to join the Simon Kenton Council and the Columbus Blue Jackets and 'Skate into Scouting' by learning more about your local pack or troop," Umberger said.

New Scouts who join this fall will get to enjoy free pre-season Columbus Blue Jackets Games, free Chiller Ice Rink Skate Nights and a cool new "Skate into Scouting" patch. In addition, all Scouts will be invited to a Scout Night with the Columbus Blue Jackets mid-season.

"Our kids are dealing with so many pressures on a daily basis," said Scout executive/CEO Ron Green. "It's time for our families to turn to an organization that has been making a difference in the lives of so many youth for almost 100 years. The Boy Scouts provides our kids an outlet for physical fitness, leadership and teamwork and that is why a partnership with the Columbus Blue Jackets is such a natural fit."

Scouting professionals and volunteers will be in our local schools throughout the fall talking about Scouting and holding open houses in every community. Be on the lookout for a flyer in your son's backpack, log onto www.scouting.org, or call (800) 433-4051 for details. The Scouting program is for boys 7-18 years old (or boys entering the first grade).

Did you know that the Scouting program tackles issues like:
Obesity Family connectivity
Self-esteem Citizenship
Environmental education Friendship building
Character development

Statistics show that boys who were in Scouts five or more years are:
Twice as likely to graduate high school
Twice as likely to receive a college degree
On average, have a household income $21,000 more than those that were not Scouts
Are more likely to place others needs above their own


The Simon Kenton Council is one of the largest Boy Scout councils in the nation serving 17 counties in central and southern Ohio, and Greenup County in northern Kentucky. The Council is staffed by 22 professional Scouters with over 8,000 adult volunteers delivering the scouting program to more than 40,000 youth. We are joined by over 550 charter partner organizations sponsoring the 854 Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Venturing, and Exploring units in our Council. The Council's goal is to be the premiere leader in youth development by delivering on the promise to provide character growth, citizenship training, personal fitness and fun

Skate into Scouting is Proudly Sponsored by:
Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation, Columbus Blue Jackets and Chiller Ice Rinks