Students in Associate Professor of Business Dr. Bob Walker’s Mercy capstone course partnered with the Scouts in the collaborative mentorship program, dubbed “Venturing.” Now in its third year, Venturing allows Mount Mercy students to build relationships with and mentor high-risk kids who otherwise would face challenges in completing the Boy Scout program. So far in Venturing’s history, Mount Mercy students have contributed more than 1,000 hours of community service to the Hawkeye Area Council Boy Scouts of America.
“Having students volunteer with the Boy Scouts during their final semester at Mount Mercy really solidifies characteristics that make our graduates unique,” says Walker. “Serving others as a role model for the youth allows Mount Mercy students to engage in strategic communication, live out their mission, and reflect on how little things can make a huge difference in others’ lives. Many of the students have reported how this experience has cemented their commitment to continuing to volunteer throughout their lives.”
Mount Mercy welcomed more than 50 Boy Scouts to campus during the campout, which included an outdoor tenting area, activity stations and special closing ceremony. Mount Mercy students developed the activity stations and helped lead the Boy Scouts through the events, in collaboration with Hawkeye Area Council Boy Scouts of America team leaders.
“Scouting’s partnership with Mount Mercy has enabled the youth of our community to greatly benefit through an increase in mentoring by students” says John Myers, Trailblazers district executive with the Hawkeye Area Council. “The campus campout enabled Mount Mercy students to cap off this mentoring relationship with these youth by working side by side for a weekend of fun learning activities and positive reinforcement.”
During the activity stations, Scouts learned safety basics from Cedar Rapids Police Department officers, including a K9 Unit. The Scouts were also fitted with bike helmets courtesy of St. Luke’s Hospital, participated in a Geocaching expedition and a capture the flag contest with Mount Mercy students, practiced delivering a weather report using green screens, and enjoyed a fire pit and campfire songs.
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