Fact Sheet







2012 Outdoor Challenge Days

Reaching for Tomorrow program is an in-school collaboration between the Boy Scouts of America’s Learning for Life division, the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, and schools in central Indiana.

Reaching for Tomorrow is an educational program designed to meet the needs of youth and schools.  It helps at-risk and special needs youth meet the challenges of growing up through character education and teaching basic living skills.

The objective of Reaching for Tomorrow is to provide supplemental curriculum which will reinforce life skills needed to achieve self-sufficiency.  The 72 age-appropriate and grade-specific lesson plans are designed to involve youth through role playing, small group discussions and activities for special areas of focus.

Reaching for Tomorrow is available to boys and girls who are mildly to severely challenged, as well as at-risk youth.  The program is delivered to students in grades K-12.  110 schools in central Indiana currently participate in the Reaching for Tomorrow program.

The Outdoor Challenge Days is the culminating event of nine months of character education and basic life skills lessons presented in the classroom.  Outdoor Challenge Days will be held May 14 through May 18, 2012 for all participants in the Reaching for Tomorrow program.  Over 6,500 students attended the 2011 Outdoor Challenge Days.  It is five days with over 45 hands-on activities such as horseback riding, archery, obstacle courses, crafts, sporting events and many educational opportunities.  Fire departments, police departments, Department of Natural Resources, and others will also be represented with hands-on activities for the students.  Outdoor Challenge Days will be at Camp Belzer on the northeast side of Indianapolis.

University of Illinois research found that children with attention-deficit disorder can focus more effectively after outdoor activities.  Teachers and parents alike have shared dozens of stories of special needs children who show more emotions, speak, behave better, and have more fun at Outdoor Challenge than any other activity.  Outdoor Challenge Days provides participating students and opportunity to be creative, expressive, and cooperative while learning and having fun in a natural environment.

Outdoor Challenge Days has been “making a difference” for nineteen years.  This event takes lots of support.  Nearly 300 National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society students and over 320 adults volunteered their time for this event.  Thanks to Elwood High School, Frankton High School, St. Jude’s Catholic School, Madison Grant High School, New Palestine High School, Shenandoah Middle School, United Way of Central Indiana Leadership United Seminar, and numerous friends of Outdoor Challenge Days.

Outdoor Challenge Days could not be possible with out the generous support of our sponsors, both financially and with material support. Find out more about sponsorship opportunities.

Title Sponsor:

Leadership Sponsors:
Reynolds Farm Equipment

Day Sponsors:
East Side Optimist of Indianapolis

Community Sponsors:
Deloitte & Touche
USA Funds Frank Spall Jr.
TS&MG Advised Endowment Fund
Automatic Pool Covers, INC.

Area Sponsors:
Easterday Foundation
Finish Line
Windsor Jewelers

Station Sponsors:
Hills Pet Nutrition Indiana, Inc.
Lew White Tours
Huser HomeCare
Mr. & Mrs. Rob Viergutz
Anonymous Donor
Classic Pool & Patio, INC

Other Sponsors:
Windsor Jewelers
Mr. & Mrs. Tom Easterday
Paige’s Music
McAlister’s Deli
Papa John’s
Clarian Health Partners
IU Health
Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
CVS Pharmacy
Girl Scouts of Central Indiana
Party Tree
Indiana Deer Hunters Association
Community East Hospital
Indiana Youth Soccer
Old National Bank
American Legion
Reaching for Tomorrow Program Leaders & Committee