Alumnus shares civic-mindedness with Boy Scouts

Sam Whittaker ('15), of Paducah, Ky., is serving as Program Area Director for Citizenship and Personal Development for Camp Crooked Creek in Shepherdsville, Ky.,
Alumnus shares civic-mindedness with Boy Scouts

Whittaker teaching his class of Scouts

Whittaker, a 2015 graduate of the McConnell Scholars Program, is currently teaching students ages 11-17 about Citizenship in the Nation and Citizenship in the World for seven weeks this summer.

Each week, a new group of Scouts comes to the camp, and Whittaker and his team teach three classes per day.

"Students in Citizenship in the Nation directly engage with the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and amendments to the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence," said Whittaker of the class. "In citizenship in the world, we go over trade policy, diplomacy, and conflict in addition to discussing how we can each work to make the world a better place."

The classes are a part of the national Boy Scout curriculum required for those wanting to become Eagle Scouts.

The McConnell Center provided the Scouts with a copy of the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence and a classroom set of Hero Tales from American History by Henry Cabot Lodge and Theodore Roosevelt.