Who thinks of scouting as a long-term competitive advantage for your son? Well it is, and because of the structure and mission, scouting instills an intrinsic value in our children.
Research has shown that youth who join scouting have many more advantages to life versus those who do not. Teens who continue with scouting and reach Eagle status are apt to be more successful in life. Earning Eagle is great to add to resumes, college interviews, and so much more because it shows how those individuals who earned this award have the characteristics of doing well in any environment. Scouts are notorious for working well with others, showing discipline and of course there is the Scout law: Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent. Men who were Scouts agree that Scouting has had a positive inuence on their lives, and to American society. The values which are taught and encouraged, reinforce their role in society. Scouting has positively inuenced their character development, self-condence, interpersonal skills, and family relationships. What would the world be like today if we celebrated these values, and not glorifying other activities like sports? Sports are the number one choice of today's extracurricular activities, though the chances of later moving on to professional sports is very low (approximately 3-8 of every 10,000 seniors – depending on the sport). So why the fascination with sports versus scouting? There should be no contest between the two, however to say team sports are not important would be false, but scouting has more impact to one's life achievements. I know from experience middle to high school kids think scouting is “nerdy,” but once senior year rolls around, and they see how their peers are faring as a scout – there is regret.
Scouting is not just to knowing how many ways to tie a rope, there is high adventure scouting and it is becoming more attractive to participants: climbing ropes, scuba diving, canoeing, shooting sports, bow n arrow, and so much more other fun activities than many boys and parents think. If you are a parent trying to determine what activities your child should participate in, scouting should be on top of the list. There are so many opportunities for youth to experience outdoor adventures and learn to survive in it because of scouting. Did you know there are other programs besides Boy Scouts? There are Venture Crew, Varsity, Exploring, Sea Scouts and, of course high adventure and these are usually co-ed programs. Parents have a duty to encourage their kids to go in the right direction, and therefore lead them to successful futures and not false ones. Want more information on Scouting in your community? Go to www.awac.org or call 260-432-9593
Tammy Taylor, parent of a Life and Eagle Scout, lifelong volunteer to a great organization