GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A new program aims to prepare West Michigan Boy Scouts for jobs in science and technology.

The local Boy Scouts of America on Tuesday announced its Build Character Today, Lead Tomorrow campaign. Its goal is to provide programs for young people focusing on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and the environment.

More than $ million was raised for the program, which was spearheaded by a number of community leaders including businessman and honorary program chair Dick DeVos.

At Tuesday’s announcement, DeVos talked about the impact scouting had on his life and the importance of getting kids ready for the jobs of the future.

“It’s a challenge, but also an opportunity,” he said. “We want to make sure young people are prepared for those jobs right there at home, stay in Grand Rapids and mature and grow here.”

The campaign will also help fund the renovation of the DeVos Family Center for Scouting and provide camp experience to urban scouts living close to downtown Grand Rapids.—–Online: President Ford Field Service Council