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Fredericton Scout Working to Make a Difference for Kenyan Youth

Fredericton, NB – April 8 – Alex Schlodder isn’t like most 12 year olds – instead of video games and television, Alex spends his limited free time working to change the world. The founder of the Scout for Change campaign, Alex is endeavouring to raise money and awareness for disadvantaged youth in Kenya. Running from February through April, the campaign has already engaged hundreds of Scouts from New Brunswick and across Canada in working to better the lives of the “Street Scouts” of Kenya.

Scout for Change seeks to provide education, clean water, shelter, and a Scouting experience to disadvantaged youth in Kenya, through Scouts Canada’s International Extension Scouting program. “I couldn't believe that there were youth my age living in such difficult conditions and I really wanted to help them,” says the 7th grade student. “With Extension Scouting, youth are helping youth to create better communities.”

Alex credits Craig Kielburger, a Canadian non-profit icon and a fellow Scout, for inspiring him to take action for change. “When I found out that he created Free the Children at just 12 years old, I figured that if he could change the world, so could I.”

A Scout since the age of 5, Alex is looking forward to completing his Chief Scout Award this year, attaining the highest award available to a Canadian Scout. “Scouting has taught me skills that I never knew that I had. It's given me the confidence and leadership skills to speak out and really try to make a better world,” says Alex. “Scouting has changed how I see the world.”

"Taking pride in your community, and the world, is a large part of what Scouting instils in its youth members. The spirit that Alex conveys with his Scout for Change project shows how one youth can make a huge difference," says Roger Kirkpatrick, Group Commissioner of the 1st St. Margaret’s Scouts. “I see no limit to what this young man can do as he continues his Scouting path in the years ahead.”

With participating Scout groups from New Brunswick, Ontario, and BC, Alex hopes to expand his campaign to the national level next year, to involve even more youth across Canada.  

About Scouts Canada

Scouts Canada is the country's leading co-ed youth organization with more than 100,000 members nationwide. Scouts Canada offers programming for children and youth aged 5-26 in more than 19 languages, reflecting Canada's multicultural landscape and communities. Kids in Scouts have fun adventures discovering new things and experiences they wouldn't discover elsewhere. Along the way, they develop into capable, confident and well-rounded individuals, better prepared for success in the world. For tens of thousands of children and youth across Canada, Scouts is the start of something great. For more information visit scouts.ca  

Scouts Canada is a not-for-profit organization (Charitable Registration No. 10776 1694 RR0028) and a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement.

For more information, or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Mike Stewart
Deputy Council Commissioner – Communications
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