Metro Life Division

Serving Scouting to the inner city communities of Essex, Hudson, and Passaic Counties in NJ

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In an effort to reach and serve  more youth, the Board of Directors  of the Northern New Jersey Council has made a commitment to allocate manpower and financial resources  needed to support the growth and delivery of  Scouting to youth in economically deprived neighborhoods, and where available volunteer leadership is at its minimal, throughout  the urban communities of Essex, Bergen, Hudson and Passaic counties.

Youth participation in Scoutreach traditional scouting programs (cub scouting, boy scouting, exploring and STEM Scout Labs) experienced a dramatic 116% increase through the period as over 1,200 boys and young adults now participate as cub scouts (6-10 yrs), boy scouts (11-17 yrs), and explorers or venturers (14-20 yrs) throughout Newark, Paterson, Passaic, Jersey City, and Union City; up from 403 youth back in the 2013-14 program year. 

The number of new school and community partners has grown tremendously with scouting now offered at 34 program sites, up from 14 sites offered previously. 

The current breakdown of cities and programs is as follows:


Essex County

City of Newark

17 programs

11 community partners

· Spencer Miller School- Cub Scout Pack & Scout Troop

· Belmont School- Cub Scout Pack

· Brick Academy- Cub Scout Pack

· McKinley Elementary School- Cub Scout Pack & Scout Troop

· NHA Century 21 Center- Cub Scout Pack & Scout Troop

· Pennington Court Projects- Cub Scout Pack & Scout Troop

· Center Hope- Vincent Lombardi Community Center- Cub Scout Pack & Scout Troop

· Greater Life, Inc. Center- Boy Scout Troop

· Newark Police Department- Law Enforcement Explorer Post 

· NHA Club House– Cub Scout Pack & Scout Troop

· Spencer Miller School– STEM Scouts Lab

Hudson County

Jersey City

5 programs

3 community partners

· Jersey City School #11- Cub Scout Pack & Scout Troop

· Jersey City School #24- Cub Scout Pack

· Jersey City School #39- Cub Scout Pack

· Jersey City School #39– STEM Scouts Lab


Union City

5 programs

2 community partners

· St. Rocco’s Church- 102 youth- Cub Scout Pack & Scout Troop

· Thomas Edison School- 88 youth- Cub Scout Pack & Scout Troop 

· Thomas Edison School– STEM Scouts Lab


Passaic County

City of Passaic

2 programs

2 community partner

· Passaic PTA School #1- Cub Scout Pack

· Passaic Rosol Dul Legion #359– Scout Troop


City of Paterson

5 programs

4 community partners

· Paterson School #10- Cub Scout Pack

· Alexander Hamilton Academy- Cub Scout Pack & Scout Troop

· Bethel A.M.E. Church– Scout Troop

· Calvary Baptist Church– Scout Troop


All these partnerships focus their support in making available adult leadership, and other resources therefore allowing the Scoutreach program to deliver the benefits of Scouting to all its youth.


For more information, please contact, Rosa Urena at  (201) 677-1000, Ext. 17,

or  via  E-mail at



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