CCSO: Check Out Scout Information Night Aug. 22
Collier County Sheriff's Office
Ask Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk about his days as a Boy Scout and he’ll likely tell you how the core lessons he learned in Scouting continue to help guide his actions and decisions daily in his law enforcement career.
Dig a little deeper and you’ll find out he can make pancakes from scratch and build a campfire in freezing temperatures, thanks to Boy Scouts.
“Some of my fondest memories are utilizing that time in camping building campfires even though temperatures were sometimes well below zero,” said Sheriff Rambosk, who was a Scout as a youth in New Jersey. “It was a little trying with the cold, but those are the nights that I remember.”
Scouting gave him life experiences that influenced him as an adult. The goal-oriented and work-driven ethics of teamwork, loyalty and leadership are traits worth passing on, he said.
Parents of elementary school-age boys and girls in Collier County will have an opportunity to learn about what Scouting has to offer during a Scout Information Night on Tuesday, Aug. 22. Starting at 6:30 p.m., representatives of the local Scouting program will be available in elementary school cafeterias across the county to sign up youngsters for Cub Scouts and to provide information about the program. Information for girls will also be provided.
“Scout Night across Collier County is a great opportunity to learn about the fun and adventure for boys,” said James Giles, the Collier County district executive for the Southwest Florida Council of the Boys Scouts of America. “Parents will learn about the respect, values, and support for school success the program teaches.”
Giles said CCSO and the Boy Scouts of America Program have a working partnership that is integral to Scouting’s ability to reach every youth in Collier County. He said Sheriff Rambosk’s leadership demonstrates the community’s dedication to youth and the Scouting movement.
Sheriff Rambosk was named district chairman for the Collier County Scouting program in May. As Scout chairman, he oversees all facets of the Scouting program which serves more than 1,700 youth and adult volunteers in Collier County.
Sheriff Rambosk has been a longtime advocate of Scouts having also served as a volunteer leader in the program. Many CCSO deputies volunteer their time with Scouts or have children in the program.
CCSO partners with Boy Scouts of America by offering two Explorers posts. The Explorer Program is designed for students ages 14-19. The program lets students explore the opportunity to learn about and interact with law enforcement and help stimulate further interest in the possibility of a law enforcement career.
Giles said the CCSO/Scouting partnership has had an impact on reaching at-risk youth. The Explorer and Scouting units throughout the county provide support to youth who may otherwise be on the street, he said. Traditional Scouting activities like camping, nature hikes, conservation, and community projects are made available to all participants. These activities teach youth values, he said.
Sheriff Rambosk said Scouting provides young people with opportunities to learn life skills, serve the community and have fun.
“The Scout oath and Scout law set forth a framework of character-based traits that young men can utilize for the rest of their lives to help them become great leaders, great parents and great friends to all they encounter along the way,” Sheriff Rambosk said. “I would encourage anyone that has an interest in not only life skills, but camping and having fun to consider Scouting as an investment for the future.”
The Southwest Florida Council region covers seven counties as far south as Everglades City and as far north as Bradenton. For information about joining Scouts or to inquire about volunteer opportunities or support visit www.BeAScout.org, or www.swflcouncilbsa.org, or call the Collier County office at 239.207.5366.
To learn more about the Collier County Sheriff’s Office’s Explorer Program and to download an application click on the link: http://www.colliersheriff.org/we-can-help/youth-relations-bureau/ccso-explorer-s-program
Sheriff Kevin Rambosk, center, is shown with local Scout leaders. "I want to thank all of the adult leaders who help make Scouting a reality in Collier County because without their help Scouting would not be as successful," said Sheriff Rambosk, who was recently appointed the district chairman for the Collier County Scouting program.