Most people associate Boy Scouting with outdoor adventure – and with good reason. Scouting is an outdoor program designed to develop character, self-confidence, ethics, leadership skills, and citizenship skills that influence their adult lives. With the Scout Oath and Scout Law as guiding principles, Scouting helps a boy develop into a well-rounded young man.
“Be Prepared.” – Boy Scout Motto
Through the advancement program, a Scout can progress in rank while he meets significant challenges that lead to personal growth. Earning merit badges provides opportunities for Scouts to be introduced to a lifelong hobby or a rewarding career.
What does a Scout do?
In Scouting, boys learn through the experiences of camping, hiking, building projects and community service. These experiences allow boys to grow and mature at their own pace. And, it is the results of these experiences that cause parents to say, “There are things learned in Scouting which a boy cannot readily pick up elsewhere.” It is also through these experiences that parents and sons get an opportunity to share and talk about their thoughts, feelings, goals, and values.
Scouting provides youth with a sense that they are important as individuals. It is communicated to them that those in the Scouting family care about what happens to them, regardless of whether a game is won or lost.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, Scouting promotes activities that lead to personal responsibility and high self-esteem. As a result, when hard decisions have to be made, peer pressure can be resisted and the right choices can be made.
To find a Cub Scout Pack in your area, click here and enter your zip code. You can also contact the Three Rivers Council office at 409-842-5240 for more information.