For over 100 years, Scouting programs have instilled in youth the values found in the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Today, these values are just as relevant in helping youth grow to their full potential as they were in 1910. Scouting helps youth develop academic skills, self-confidence, ethics, leadership skills, and citizenship skills that influence their adult lives.
The Boy Scouts of America provides youth with programs and activities that allow them to
- Try new things.
- Provide service to others within their communities and globally.
- Build self-confidence.
- Learn new skills and develop habits of continual learning.
- Reinforce ethical standards.
While various activities and youth groups teach basic skills and promote teamwork, Scouting goes beyond that and encourages youth to achieve a deeper appreciation for service to others in their community.
Young people need to know to be good and to do good. Few will argue with the importance of teaching values and responsibility to our children - not only right from wrong, but specific, affirmative values such as fairness, courage, honor, and respect for others. Beginning with the Scout Oath and Scout Law, the Boy Scouts of America program is infused with character-building activities that allow youth to apply abstract principles to daily living situations.
Scouting provides youth with a sense that they are important as individuals. It is often communicated to them that those in the Scouting family care about what happens to them, regardless of whether a game is won or lost.
Young people need to be well. To get the most from life, one must be both mentally and physically fit. A commitment to physical wellness has been reflected in Scouting's outdoor programs such as hiking, camping, swimming, climbing, and conservation. First aid, lifesaving, and safety programs are synonymous with Scouting. Our programs today include strong drug abuse awareness and prevention programs emphasizing the value of healthy living habits.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, Scouting promotes activities that lead to personal responsibility and high self-esteem. As a result, when hard decisions have to be made, peer pressure can be resisted and the right choices can be made.
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Your Role in Scouting
Parent involvement varies depending on the program and ages of Scouts. Direct engagement is highest in Cub Scouting, as is involvement of the whole family in pack meetings, activities and events, and decreases as members grow and their responsibility for program leadership and implementation increases. There are ways you can help at all levels including:
- Show an interest in your son's/daughter's Scouting activities, accomplishments and achievements. Recognize their successes and the learning along the way.
- Make certain Scouting adventures are family events, taking part together in pack meetings, troop courts of honor and Venturing gatherings.
- Help your child advance through the ranks, whether by working together on awards found in his Cub Scout book or serving as a resource as your Venturer plans a Crew trip.
- Take part in outdoor adventures together. Be an adult partner for Cub Scout camp; join other Scouting families at a unit family camp; serve as a driver or even as an assistant leader for a pack, troop or crew outing.
- Support your Scout’s volunteer leaders. If everyone pitches in a little, the experience is improved for everyone. Help is needed for simple things like phone calling, managing the popcorn and makahiki sale, and driving to activities.
Childhood flies by! Take the time now to build memories you'll talk about at family dinners for the rest of your lives.