Your Child, Scouting, and You
As a parent, you want your child to grow up to be a person of worth, a self-reliant, dependable and caring individual. Scouting has these same goals in mind for him/her. Since 1930, cub scouting has been weaving lifetime values into fun and educational activities designed to assist parents in strengthening character, good citizenship and physical fitness in youth. Scouting IS family values. However, Cub Scout age children do not join just to build character. They join Cub Scouting because IT IS FUN!!
Scouting is Fun with a Purpose
Statistics show that over the long term, children who have experienced Scouting’s programs are more likely to have success in school, career and family, as well as stronger ethics and better relationships with others. For example:
- Boys with 5 or more years in Scouting (98%) are more likely to graduate from high school than those who never were Scouts (83%).
- Former Scouts (40%) are also more likely to be college graduates than non- Scouts (16%).
- 30% of men who were Scouts for 5 years or more have household incomes of $50,000 or more, compared to 17% of non-scouts. (Source: 1995 Harris and Associates study)
We Need YOU!
Scouting operates through volunteer Leadership. Volunteer Leaders are an example of the Scouting principle of service to others. Naturally, parents are the primary source of Leaders in the Scouting program. You volunteer not only to serve Scouting, but also to serve your child and their friends, and to have the chance to be a positive influence on the youth in your community.
What does it take to be a volunteer?
A long, rich background of Scouting involvement is NOT required! What is needed is a desire to work with and help young people, a willingness to make time in your weekly schedule, and the rest is easy! Lots of resources and training are available and many people will support your efforts.
What do you receive in return?
Being a Leader is fun, challenging, and rewarding. Leaders find that their experiences help them to become better parents. The following are some of the many dividends that will enrich your life as you dedicate your time, talent and enthusiasm to Scouting:
- Fun and fellowship with other families, sharing your pride in the childrens’ accomplishments.
- The privilege of helping to enrich and strengthen families.
- A chance to help boys and girls learn good citizenship and to help shape them into men and women who have strength of character and are sensitive to the needs of others.
- The opportunity to help make a difference in the lives of boys and girls as they grow strong in mind and body.
- A code to live by which will set a worthwhile example for both children and adults.
- The satisfaction of being a member of a worldwide movement, and pride in being publicly identified as a part of this organization – wearing the Scouting uniform is a visible means of showing you believe in and stand up for the ideals and objectives of the Boy Scouts of America.