Scouting provides youth with an opportunity to try new things, provide service to others, build self-confidence, and reinforce ethical standards. These opportunities not only help them when they are young, but also carry forward into their adult lives, improving their relationships, their work lives, their family lives, and the values by which they live. You can read more here
In Cub Scouts, we teach values, but what effect does that have? A Tufts University study
conducted over a three-year period showed that boys who engage in Scouting activities on a regular basis report significant increases in the following qualities:
The study also showed that Scouts were significantly more likely than non-Scouts to choose other-oriented values, such as helping others and doing the right thing. Scouting instilled these values better than sports, and better than a combination of Scouting and sports. The longer Cub Scouts are active in their pack, the greater their...
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What's more, their grades are better, too! In short, being in Cub Scouts has a positive, near-term effect on young people, and the longer they are involved with Scouting, the greater the effect. Scouting works
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In addition to the immediate impact on youth, Scouting teaches values that serve people throughout their lives. An in-depth Harris poll
showed that about four out of five
men who were Scouts in their youth agree with the following:
- the values they learned as Scouts continued to be important to them
- what they learned in Scouting helped them be better leaders
- the self-confidence they learned in Scouting carried over into their work as adults
(Read a summary of the poll here
Here is a highly condensed list of men who were Scouts in their youth and went on to achieve excellence in their fields:
Neil Armstrong [pictured; photo courtesy of NASA]
Gerald R. Ford
John F. Kennedy
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Actors, astronauts (2/3 of all astronauts were Scouts
!), athletes, businessmen, directors, musicians, politicians, and more—so many men who accomplished extraordinary things in their lives were Scouts when they were boys. What will your
Cub Scout grow up to be?