Hispanic Initiatives

What's New?

The Vale la Pena Service Award application is now available on the resources page.

Introducing the new Hispanic Initiatives Division at the BSA National Annual Meeting are, from left, Assistant Scout Executive Ron Schoenmehl of the Santa Clara County Council; Hispanic Initiatives Committee member Carlos Alcazar; Division Associate Director Maria Dahl-Smith; Committee Chairman Ralph de la Vega; and Division Director Marcos Nava. The Makita power tool set given as a booth prize went to Jackie Petit of the Greater Alabama Council.
Download the Hispanic Initiatives Division's PowerPoint presentation from its seminar "Multicultural Marketing: Serving Today's Youth and Tomorrow's Leaders."
Check out the new bilingual Fast Tracks brochure, designed to help den leaders decide if this web-based program is right for their unit.
The Hispanic Initiatives Division proudly announces the publication of Cub Scout Program Helps in Spanish!

To ensure its continued growth and success in developing the leaders of tomorrow, Scouting must evolve as an organization that offers significant, targetd program options to the booming Latino market.

The U.S. Latino population is booming nearly four times as fast as the rest of the population. By midcentury, Hispanics comprise more than a quarter of the nation's citizens, representing half of the nation's population growth.

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that a quarter of children younger than 5 are Hispanic; in five years, they will be Boy Scout age. But today, only 100,000 of the 3 million registered members of Boy Scouts of Americas are Hispanic.

With the creation of the Hispanic Initiative Division (Hispanic Initiatives) and the National Hispanic Initiative Committee, the Boy Scouts of America has demonstrated its commitment to a progressive and innovative strategy that will engage Hispanic youth and their families in Scouting. We want to interweave Hispanic culture throughtour the Scouting program and make this collaboration a solid fit.

With significantly increasing membership asits number one goal, the Division is focusing its efforts on seven major areas:

Demographic data from the U.S. Census Bureau about the Latino population.