Children's Healthcare of Atlanta is honored that the Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts have decided to include our hospitals in their community service. Not only are the Scouts building courage, confidence and character, and making the world a better place, they are enhancing the lives of the patients and families of Children's.
Scouts between the ages of 5-14 (kindergarten-eighth grade) have the opportunity to participate in our Young Friends program as a troop or individual. Each session has a theme that focuses on a short presentation and activity, as well as a quick overview of Children’s. Troops are limited to 12 participants and must provide one adult for every four participants. Visit our Young Friends page for more information and to register.
The VolunTEEN program is perfect for older Scouts, ages 15-18, looking for a rewarding way to spend part of their summer. The program offers hands-on volunteer experience in the hospital, including both administrative work and direct patient and family interaction. VolunTEENs spend eight weeks volunteering at Children’s, typically coming in one day a week for a five hour shift. Successful completion of the VolunTEEN program can be applied toward the Scout Community Service Award—please reference your Scout handbook for specific requirements.
To volunteer at Children’s at Egleston, call 404-785-6180, and for Children's at Scottish Rite, call 404-785-2150. Applicants must be at least 15 years old by June 1.
- Food Donation Program: Help support families who do not have the financial means to purchase meals while their child is in the hospital at Children’s. The Social Work Department accepts food that is store-bought, pre-packaged, non-perishable, microwavable and does not require a can opener. Contact Social Work, 404-785-6250, before you begin the donation preparation process to discuss important details and availability. This can be done as a troop or individual project.
- Eagle Scout and Girl Scout Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards: If you are interested in Children's becoming the recipient/focus of your project, call 404-785-6180. Refer to the websites for the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts for complete guidelines. Note that due to our hospital's infection control policy, your projects may not include patient interaction.
- In-Kind Donations: There are many different ways for troops or individuals to support our patients. Have an idea that isn’t listed? Call 404-785-6180 for approval and guidelines.