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.