Character development program based in Hartsville
The Pee Dee Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America hired Marquita Gaither as program director for the Scoutreach program in Hartsville, SC. She will lead program aides delivering character education to three Cub Scout packs and one Learning for Life group.
Gaither has worked with children since 2001. “My compassion and esteem for children is one of the things that keeps me moving,” says Gaither. “My purpose in life is to be authentic, successful and to be better than who I am now.”
Scoutreach is an ideal fit for Gaither. She says where others see as problems, she is able change the mindset, and show the potential for success. Her love of children drives the methods she uses to look for opportunities to help them be the best they can be. “The Scoutreach program is a chance for change. We offer the opportunity to make awesome boys into great men one day at a time,” says Gaither.
Scout Executive Barry McDonald says, “The scouting family is fortunate to find a person with the personal commitment and administrative skills Marquita brings to this organization.”
Gaither is a South Carolina native who grew up in Virginia. She was educated in the public schools of Accomack County and started college during her senior year in high school at the Eastern Shore Community College. Gaither later attended Francis Marion University in Florence, S.C. She is currently attending Grand Canyon University to earn a B.S in Educational Studies. She is married to Spencer Gaither, resource teacher at Thornwell School of the Arts in Hartsville They have two daughters, Tiffany and McKenzie.
Funding for Hartsville Scoutreach is underwritten by the Sonoco Foundation. The program is implemented by the Pee Dee Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the TEACH Foundation, which oversees the Comer School Development Program in four Hartsville elementary schools. Scoutreach provides special emphasis to urban and rural Scouting programs. The program has impacted over 80 boys and their families during the 2013-14 school year.