History

SpiralScouts was created in 1999 as the Aquarian Tabernacle Church's answer to mainstream scouting programs, such as those offered by the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Camp Fire groups. Our program was developed to be as inclusive as possible in all areas: it features coed groups and leaders and is nondiscriminatory in all regards (sexual orientation, religion, gender). The flexibility of the SpiralScouts program is a novel feature, allowing individual groups to determine the exact manner in which they will pursue their own unique goals. After word of the program spread, the ATC formalized SpiralScouts into an expanded program, offering its first charters in 2001. The program is now available to anyone, worldwide. SpiralScouts has a unique approach to youth programming. Each group is led by both a male and a female adult; this is the most logical approach in a co-ed organization, and having leaders of both genders promotes an understanding of how differing leadership styles can cooperate and work together for the benefit of the whole group. While SpiralScouts was developed based on Pagan beliefs and practices, it is designed to be adaptable to work with any faith (or to be completely secular) as well. In addition to traditional woodland lore, camping, and outdoor living skills, the program includes teaching the many mythologies of the ancient world. It also includes learning and discussing life strategies and skills for teens, to help them learn early how to have good relationships with their peers and adults, and interpersonal skills that will serve them throughout their adult lives. The headquarters of SpiralScouts International moved to North Carolina in 2007, & currently serves youth across the United States and several countries in the Americas and beyond. Our program is experiencing explosive growth as families look for alternatives to traditional outdoor youth group programs.

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