The Boy Scouts of America (BSA), the nationâ€™s foremost youth character development program, in partnership with Celestron, a leading designer and manufacturer of telescopes, binoculars, spotting scopes and microscopes, announced a joint program to encourage interest in space exploration and astronomy among Americaâ€™s youth, beginning with a donation of 200 Celestron SkyScouts.
Each year in the BSA program, nearly 50,000 boys earn merit badges in space exploration and astronomy. To enhance their learning experience, Celestron is donating the SkyScout units to the astronomy programs at all high adventure and approximately half of the BSA summer resident camps nationwide. Last year more than 1.2 million youth attended a Boy Scout summer or high adventure camp.
The formal donation was made on May 23rd, 2006 at a kick-off event during the BSAâ€™s National Annual Meeting, when Celestron gave a demonstration to BSA camp directors and local Scouts and presented the BSA with a check for the value of the donation, approximately $80,000.
Celestron President & CEO Joe Lupica along with representatives from the Boy Scouts of America’s Venturer, Boy Scout and Sea Scout programs announced a collaboration at the Boy Scouts of America National Annual Meeting on May 23rd to further encourage interest in astronomy and space exploration beginning with a donation of 200 Celestron SkyScouts.
â€œAmerican youth have always had a natural curiosity to explore new frontiers including our universe and space in general,â€ said Dave Bates, director of Boy Scout camping and conservation. â€œDuring the past century nearly 1 million Scouts have earned merit badges in Astronomy and space exploration-related topics. This donation of Celestron SkyScouts will further allow BSA to inspire Scouts to explore and discover our universe.â€