Numerous studies have shown that kids in Scouts generally do better in life. They do better in school, avoid anti-social behaviors, are better employees, do better socially, have stronger ties with friends and spouses, make better decisions, and are emotionally better prepared throughout their lives.
Admittedly, no child joins Scouts to have their character developed. They join for fun, friendship, adventure, and to learn useful and interesting things. Character development just ‘happens’ while they are doing all of that. Even as Cub Scouts (Grades K-5), members learn leadership skills and life skills. Parents often find it difficult to be a participant in their children’s lives, but in Scouts, they have a definite role in support of their children, which helps keep the lines of parent/child communication open. This is a family values program that creates an additional bond between parents, siblings and friends.
On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.
It’s a big world. Pack a map. Scouting is the introduction for many young men and women’s to the great outdoors and, most important, a lesson on their place in it.
Scouting builds leaders. Former Scouts sit on the boards of global corporations, walk the halls of the White House and have been known to occasionally go hiking on the moon. The life lessons young people learn in Scouting help them make good decisions throughout their life.
Many Scouts achieve more before the age of 18 than some people do in a lifetime. Best of all, they do it to not only improve themselves but also their communities.
Beyond outdoor adventures and programs, today’s Scouting uses innovation and technology to harness youth’s natural curiosity and prepare them for success.