Are there two buildings in the United for Youth campaign?
What features and amenities will the new Program Center offer?
What features and amenities will the new Service Center offer?
Will the new Program Center benefit adults, too?
Will the new Program Center be eco-friendly?
Will the new Centers be economical?
How many youth are currently served by the program?
How does Boy and Girl Scouting impact our community?
What values and goals does Boy and Girl Scouting promote?
Will I be able to check out the new Program Center once it’s all done?
What is United for Youth?


Q: Are there two buildings in the United for Youth campaign?
A: Yes. The original plan was to build one new building to house both Service Center and Program Center activities of the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. However, campaign leadership decided to take advantage of the current real estate market when a building came on the market that met all of their combined administrative needs. This building has been purchased and will become the new Boy Scout and Girl Scout Service Center and Retail Shops. Plans continue to build a combined Program Center at "land donated by the Swanson Family", just a few miles south of the Service Center building on Perryville Road. By making this change to the original campaign plan, the campaign was able to reduce the overall budget by $1 million…and still meet the original project objectives.

Q. What features and amenities will the new Program Center offer? Back to Top
A. Plenty! The new Boy Scout and Girl Scout Program Center will offer an exciting world of education and activities, both within the building and outside its doors. Planned features include:
  • A large, multi-purpose area for group indoor activities and gatherings, overnight stays, volunteer training and meetings.
  • A creekside fire ring and patio for storytelling and S’mores.
  • A cozy hearth to gather ‘round, relate and relax.
  • Beautiful surrounding land for hiking, biking, badgework and nature study. Minutes from Cherry Valley’s Bauman Park and canoe launch.
  • A climbing wall to challenge upwardly mobile youth!
  • Heritage Hall showcasing the Boy Scout and Girl Scout's rich history.
  • The latest technology.
  • Family recreation, restaurants and shopping close by.
  • And much more!
Click here to view a drawing of the proposed Program Center the plans of the new Center.

Q. What features and amenities will the new Service Center offer? Back to Top
A. The new Service Center will provide many features for the Scouts and their parents, including:
  • In-house stores where families can conveniently purchase an expanded selection of Boy Scout and Girl Scout necessities.
  • Office space to house both staffs and volunteers. Lots of storage space, too.
  • Handicapped accessibility.
  • Current technology and updated construction.
Q. Will the new Program Center benefit adults, too? Back to Top
A. Absolutely! Behind the success of our youth are over 12,000 adult volunteers and older youth leaders who give generously of their time and talents. To sustain a strong program, we must provide ongoing, extensive training at times and places that coexist with our volunteers’ work and family obligations.

That’s why space in the Program Center will be provided for volunteers to hone their leadership development skills through proven, research-based methods—the likes of which are used by preeminent corporations around the globe.

Q. Will the new Program Center be eco-friendly? Back to Top
A. Glad you asked! When designing, constructing and operating our new Program Center, our mission is long-term sustainability. The center will feature green design, construction and operation, including:
  • Energy efficient light-colored roof, exterior walls, windows and HVAC system; indoor LED lighting.
  • Reduced water usage thanks to low-flow plumbing fixtures; partially pervious parking lot surface to allow water drainage.
  • Healthy air quality with low VOC (volatile organic compound) in fabrics; ceiling tiles to diminish transmission of gases; reduced noise pollution; low level exterior lighting.
  • Natural landscaping with low-maintenance native plantings; erosion control systems; shade trees; nearby bike path for commuting.
  • Use of regional, recycled, renewable materials wherever possible during construction.
The green aspects of our new building and grounds will perform double duty as teaching tools. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will learn the importance of sustainable living through interactive displays and video installations throughout the center. They’ll learn by giving guided tours to visitors and by getting hands on in our eco-friendly native gardens.

Once the building is complete, we will use the ANSI-accredited Green Globes Building Initiative to rate and recognize our project through expert third-party verification.
To learn more about Green Globes, click here.

Q. Will the new Centers be economical? Back to Top
A. Surprisingly so. By coming together under these new roofs, and incorporating features that will reduce maintenance and save energy for years to come, we are serving as good stewards of scarce natural as well as financial resources.

By forming this unique partnership, we’ll be able to provide vastly greater service and convenience to our families and adult volunteers…strengthen our programs…and reduce expenses over the long life of our new, shared Centers.

Q. How many youth are currently served by the program? Back to Top
The Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois and Blackhawk Area Council Boy Scouts of America currently serve a combined total of 40,238 youth, ages kindergarten to 21. There are currently 12,491 registered adult volunteers.

Combined counties served include Grant, Lafayette, Green, Jo Daviess, Stephenson, Winnebago, Boone, McHenry, Carroll, Ogle, DeKalb, Kane, Whiteside, Lee and Kendall.
Click here to view a map of our combined service territory.

Q. How does Boy and Girl Scouting impact our community? Back to Top
A main component of earning badges is the application of knowledge gained toward projects that benefit others in the community. To provide a brief snapshot of service, 18,500 area Girl Scouts participated in service projects to improve our local communities in 2010. Area Boy Scouts performed more than 100,000 hours of community service.

In addition, Boy and Girl Scouting is accessible to families of all socio-economic situations. “Scoutreach” programs directly serve at-risk youth with innovative programs designed to curb bullying and violence, promote self-sufficiency and self-esteem, and build problem-solving skills.

Specialty programs address youths on probation, homeless youth and the children of recent immigration.

Q. What values and goals does Boy and Girl Scouting promote? Back to Top
The core principles of our founding 100 years ago remain intact today.
It teaches young people many life skills including physical, mental and spiritual development. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts provide programs that cultivate self and world discovery…discipline…teamwork…leadership…and so much more!

The accomplishment is real, as evidenced in the merit and proficiency badges that our youth proudly wear—and in the good citizens of our communities that Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts grow to become.
Badgework, promotes:
  • Literacy – Boy and Girl Scouts read and conduct research as part of their work toward badges.
  • Confidence and Leadership – Boy and Girl Scouts must present and discuss their projects to meet badgework requirements.
  • Personal Management – Discipline, focus, perseverance and time management are all necessary to the successful completion of a project.
  • Service – Projects that benefit others in the community.
Q. Will I be able to check out the new Program Center once it’s all done? Back to Top
A. Of course! We look forward to welcoming the public to our future Open House.

Q. What is United for Youth? Back to Top
A. In addition to describing our overall mission, United for Youth (UFY), is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, created to raise funds and oversee the planning, promotion, financing and construction of the new Boy Scout and Girl Scout combined Program Center. A UFY Campaign Cabinet of local community leaders is hard at work, headed by well-known youth advocates John Crone and Jody Deery.

Have a question that wasn’t addressed here? Click here to contact United for Youth.