Scouting Builds Character. Exploring the great outdoors has always been a key part of Scouting and perhaps the most visible one. Since 1910, the Boy Scouts of America has existed to provide a program to develop strong, well-rounded citizens from the youth of this country. That objective hasn’t changed. As a result, Scouting has evolved to become the largest youth serving organization in the world dedicated to developing character, citizenship and personal fitness of its members.

Through organized, age-appropriate activities, Scouting provides skill-development opportunities youth might not otherwise find at home, school or through other extra-curricular programs, including leadership, team building and conflict resolution.

Scouting also builds character by developing confidence and self-reliance through positive role models.

Scouting Builds Values. The 12 points that make up The Scout Law read like every parent’s wish list for their children . . . Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean and Reverent. Along with the motto of “Be Prepared” and the Scout Slogan “Do a Good Turn Daily, Scouting sets expectations of cooperation, respect and goodwill – all success factors in helping build lifelong personal and family values by reinforcing ethical standards.

83% of men who were Scouts agreed that the values they learned in Scouting continue to be very important to them today. (From the Harris Volunteer Outcomes Study)

Scouting Builds Community. Scouting is anything but a self-contained environment. Its connection to the community is vital.

Each Scout unit is chartered by a community organization that provides the unit with a place to meet, leaders and guidance. Community service projects are a requirement of every Scouting program. These projects find the Scouts and leaders working side-by-side.

Scouting Builds Families. Parental involvement is one of the strengths that makes Scouting unique. Currently, there is one registered adult volunteer for every four Scouts in the Northern Lights Council. Parents get more involved at different times and levels during their child’s Scouting development – whether it’s organizing a meeting, cooking for an event or teaching one of the many Merit Badges. The investment is rewarded with an experience that is unmatched in the difference it can make in a child’s life, as well as the parents, and it’s fun!

Siblings and extended family members can also benefit by participating in family-based activities and programs, and a Scout can serve as a positive role model to younger family members. And, an added benefit – Scout parents are available and a positive influence on their children at a time in their lives when they often don’t want parents around.

Are you a member of the Family FUN of Scouting? Enthusiasm! Commitment! And, Great Rewards! Let us know, we want to hear from you.

Scouting builds: character, leadership, achievement, service to others and appreciation for the outdoors. Be a Scout! Re-connect and re-engage with Scouting at www.BSAalumni.org

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