The Old North State Council is the local organization of the Boy Scouts of America. The council supports programs in eight counties of North Carolina: Alamance, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Guilford, Person, Randolph, and Rockingham Counties. The council serves over 8,000 youth and 4,000 adult volunteers in programs including Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing, Varsity Scouts, Exploring, and Learning for Life.
In 2012, the Old North State Council launched its own S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, and math) initiative in conjunction with the launch of the Boy Scouts of America’s national initiative. The leadership of the Old North State Council saw the need for more programs that engage youth in science, technology, engineering, and math in an effort to better serve the youth of the Piedmont Triad and deliver on the promise of the BSA’s vision: “prepare every youth in America to become a responsible, participating citizen and leader”. Today’s youth are provided with less and less opportunities or encouragement to consider hobbies or careers in S.T.E.M. fields and as a result, less young adults are pursuing careers in those fields.
The initiative was launched in 2012 as a tertiary assignment for Colin Lemon, a professional with the Old North State Council. With the popularity and success of each added program, it became clear that S.T.E.M. was here to stay! In early 2015, a board member of the Old North State Council offered a donation that would ensure not only the growth of S.T.E.M. programs, but also provided the council with the ability to provide better support to S.T.E.M. programs with the creation of a new professional position, the Director of Camping and STEM Programs.