About 18 to 20 youths attend meetings held every Wednesday afternoon at the school.
The film is fictional, but based on Ricks' own real-life experiences growing up on the fringes of
"The street code (among youths) is do whatever you want whenever you want, by any means necessary," Ricks said. "There is no respect of authority."
The film, entitled "Troop 491: The Adventures of the Muddy Lions," follows a boy who is running around with friends who steal things and they attend a school with strong peer pressure.
The boy's mother coaxes him to get involved with a Scout troop similar to the one to which Ricks belonged -- a well-organized long-established group based at a church. Ricks' brother became an Eagle Scout.
Ricks went on to earn a master's degree in filmmaking from
In 2010, at the urging of a friend, he began creating the script for his film. Thousands of people in
Now, said Ricks, the national scouting organization is interested in using the film to attract inner city youths to scouting.
There are plans to bring Ricks back to
Troop 772's executive scoutmaster,
His troop will continue meeting during the summer to keep youths involved while schools aren't in session.
"The biggest thing is helping these kids handle real life situations, to not get into confrontations,"
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