Vision Awareness Patch Program
Here’s a unique community outreach opportunity that you can easily incorporate into your practice!
There are thousands of participants in scouting programs across our state, with involvement starting at the kindergarten level. Many children remain involved up to and through high school.
As doctors of optometry, you know more than anyone that clear and comfortable vision is imperative to help ensure a child’s ability to learn, which can only be assessed through a comprehensive eye exam.
A new Vision Awareness Patch program, can help you reach thousands of children in scouting, and reinforce the importance of eye exams to not just the children, but parents, caregivers, and scout leaders.
This outreach is also an opportunity to introduce careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), most importantly the profession of optometry.
Our state association is making materials and suggested activities available to you and your staff to reach out to scouts, and their parent leaders and other volunteers, to introduce the program.
One of the first activities for earning the patch is visiting a local doctor of optometry’s office. You can connect with local scout troops by discussing this program with your patients who have children active in scouts or by visiting each organization’s regional/metropolitan council which covers your area. From there, you can work together to identify the closest troops to your office.
Questions? Please contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are proud to announce the badge is now available to both Girl Scouts AND Boy Scouts!