Funded by the Valencia County Juvenile Justice Board, the ScOutreach Juvenile Diversion Program (SJDP) is a project of the Great Southwest Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Referrals to the program are made by and through the Juvenile Probation Office. Diversionary programming can help youth who have had minor problems with the law recognize alternative behavior and guide them into productive adult lives. This program focuses on mentorship, general character development, and community involvement.
The SJDP is designed to last about 12 weeks. Each participant must attend seven (7) regular meetings each lasting 1.5 hours and complete community service totaling 20 hours. This program uses scouting principles and community service projects to promote leadership, teamwork, self-esteem, and self-confidence.
All participants who have successfully completed the program will receive a graduation certificate and are eligible for a full paid scholarship to go Gorham Scout Ranch for a week during the summer.