How This STEM Camp Is Capturing the Attention of Scouts in a Unique Way

Scouts build and program robots at Theodore Roosevelt Council’s STEM Center Camp held during spring break. (Photo credit:

Steering kids away from video games and television during spring break can be a challenge for any parent, yet for parents of Boy Scouts in the Theodore Roosevelt Council, keeping their sons’ minds engaged while school’s out was a breeze with tasks like building robots as an alternative to being a couch potato.

Scouts played their hand at being engineers for the day at the council’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Center Camp in Massapequa, N.Y., where they built and programmed robots.

“On the national level, the STEM program has become a priority of the Boy Scouts,” explains Theodore Roosevelt Council STEM Center & Workshop Director Dakota Oher to “As a result, at the local council level, we’ve fully embraced the program and are already seeing exceptional results and advancement opportunities, community relations and career development.”

The Theodore Roosevelt Council joins other councils across the country in welcoming a unique type of Scouting that brings STEM topics to life in exciting and fun ways for youth. The council’s recently opened STEM Center is just one of the incredible examples of how Scouts are being introduced to future career fields, while also keeping their minds productive, engaged and active today.

Boy Scouts learn about engineering by constructing bridges made out of candy. (Photo credit:

“During spring break it is important for youth to keep their minds active and engaged,” adds Theodore Roosevelt Council Executive Jay Garee. “Our STEM Camp programs and activities offer Scouts a fun and unique way to interact with one another while learning important fundamentals about science, technology, engineering and math in everyday applications during spring recess.”

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Hayley Cordaro is a communications specialist at the Boy Scouts of America. She loves sharing inspiring success stories and uncovering new ways volunteers and employees can make the most of their Scouting experience. If you have story ideas or questions, reach out to us at