A guide to Yakima-area youth organizations.
BOY SCOUTS. Civic service organization for boys emphasizes leadership and life skills. Scouting programs available for boys ages 6-18. Venturing and Explorers programs are co-ed, for students ages 14-20 years. Grand Columbia Council: 453-4795.
CAMP FIRE USA. Co-ed program focuses on developing confident youth and future leaders. Roganunda Council: 453-9151.
GIRL SCOUTS. The world’s top organization for girls offers “fun, friendship and the power of girls together.” Troops are forming now. Programs serve girls ages 5-17. Call 1-800-827-9478.
INTERNATIONAL ORDER OF RAINBOW FOR GIRLS. A service-oriented organization for girls ages 11 to 20. Based on three basic virtues: Faith, hope and charity. Affiliated with Freemasons, but all girls are eligible to join. For more info email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
YAKIMA COUNTY 4-H. Country and city kids can learn the principles of “head, heart, hands and health” through hands-on activities with 4-H, the world’s largest youth group. Carol Jackson: 574-1600, or e-mail email@example.com
YAKIMA POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE. An alternative to gangs and drugs that helps young people become better citizens and students through positive activities. Through tutoring and programs including boxing, scuba and wrestling, students learn leadership, teamwork and responsibility. For more information visit: yakimapal.com or call (509) 575-6180.