Investing in Leadership for the Next Generation
Why Does Scouting Make a Difference?It’s no secret that America’s youth are facing a crisis. With the rising number of troubled families which are often absent one or both parents, news stories are filled with increasing amounts of violence, drug abuse, and more. But this sort of thing has happened before: in England, in the early 1900s, where a movement began that would stem the tide of youth delinquency and open the path to a better way.
When the founder of Boy Scouting, Robert Baden-Powell, returned home to England after serving in the Boer Wars in the early 1900s, he was troubled by what he saw. Many of the boys in his community were idle and wandering the streets, getting into mischief and causing problems with all kinds of riotous living. They lacked supervision and direction, as their fathers were away at war. Baden-Powell envisioned Scouting as not only an exciting organization that would keep these boys busy, but it would also be an engaging way to teach them morals and skills that would benefit their lives and their communities. We can see many similarities in our own society today. Gang violence runs rampant, everything from school shootings to graffiti, with many boys just plain getting in trouble. Our youth have too much time on their hands and too little direction in their lives. At this time in our history, boys need Scouting more than ever!As a nationwide and worldwide movement, Scouting is uniquely positioned to solve the crisis which America’s youth are facing. The values of the Scout Oath and Law are virtues which people from all religions and backgrounds can agree upon—imagine what would happen if all the politicians, lawyers, and businessmen in the world did their best to always be Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent. The need is compelling, the structure of Scouting is there, and the Blue Grass Council is already serving over 6,800 youth in central and eastern Kentucky. With your help, the message and opportunity of Scouting can be shared with thousands more youth in this area.
How You Can Tell That Scouting Is Making a DifferenceScouting works! For over a hundred years, the Scouting program has made a positive difference in the lives of youth, providing them with the 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. A recent Baylor University study, conducted by the Gallup Organization in 2010, compared Eagle Scouts to men were never involved with Scouting. According to the study, Eagle Scouts are…
- 52% more likely to agree they always try to exceed people’s expectations
- 76% more likely to have held a leadership position in their local community
- 64% more likely to say they achieved a personal goal in the last year
- 45% more likely to say they always treat people of other religions with respect
- 47% more likely to agree they always try to do what is right