Building Tomorrow’s Leaders through Scouting

The benefits help youth develop leadership and citizenship skills

For almost 100 years, Scouting programs have instilled in youth the values found in the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Today, these values are just as important in helping young people grow to their full potential. Scouting helps kids develop academic skills, self-confidence, ethics, leadership skills and citizenship skills that influence their adult lives.

While various activities and youth groups teach basic skills and promote teamwork, Scouting goes beyond that, encouraging children to achieve a deeper appreciation for service to others in their community. Scouting provides them with a sense of importance as individuals and that those in the Scouting family care about their futures. Perhaps most importantly, Scouting promotes activities that lead to personal responsibility and high self-esteem. As a result, when hard decisions must be made, you can resist peer pressure and make the right choices.

“In Scouting, you are encouraged to educate yourself instead of being instructed. The sport in Scouting is finding the good in yourself and developing it.”

Scouting, with programs for young boys and girls, helps meet these six essential needs of the young people growing up in our society:

  • Mentoring: Positive relationships with adults provide youth with good role models and have a powerful impact on their lives. Young people of every age can benefit from constructive, one-on-one interaction with adults beyond their own families.
  • Lifelong Learning: In a society that rewards continual acquisition of skills and knowledge, Scouting provides a structured setting where young people can learn new skills and develop habits of continual learning.
  • Faith Traditions: There is abundant evidence that children benefit from the moral compass provided by religious tradition. Each of the major faiths breeds hope, optimism, compassion and a belief in a better tomorrow.
  • Serving Others: “Do a Good Turn Daily” is a core Scouting precept. Scouting encourages young people to recognize the needs of others and act accordingly.
  • Healthy Living: A commitment to physical wellness is reflected in Scouting’s outdoor programs such as hiking, camping, swimming, climbing and conservation. First aid, lifesaving and safety programs are synonymous with Scouting.
  • Building Character: Children need to know to be good and to do good. Beginning with the Scout Oath and Scout Law, the Boys Scouts of America program is infused with character-building activities that allow youth to apply abstract principles to daily living situations.

Since 1910, Scouting has helped mold the future leaders of the country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes and, through nearly a century of experience, understands that helping youth puts them on a path toward a more conscientious, responsible and productive society.

Cub Scouts now welcome boys and girls in grades K–5. In 2019, Boy Scouts will welcome girl troop members, grade 6 and above, following the traditional program. It is anticipated that participants will continue in the program to earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout. The Western Massachusetts Council will host Join Scouts Day on September 12 at various local libraries, where Scouts can answer questions from their peers and families, describe their experiences as a Scout and share information about how to get a free rocket for Rocket Launch Day on September 29.

By welcoming both boys and girls into the program, even more children have access to the character development and values-based leadership that Scouting promises and be better prepared for the future success.