Chances are that you have known a scout. Perhaps you’ve been acquainted with an Eagle Scout or a Girl Scout ambassador. Maybe you’ve been a scout yourself at some point! But, do you know a lot of kids these days that are getting into these programs? Probably not nearly as many, and that is because the numbers in these programs are unfortunately decreasing. It has been said that these programs are highly educational in that they teach you all the priceless lessons that school doesn’t have the ability to. There have been controversies surrounding these organizations, but there is no denying the absolute benefit of getting your kids involved early on. Here’s why you should get your kids involved in the scouts:
Kids involved in the scouts learn to think for themselves very early on, with the focus on problem solving and skills assessment. Not only do you have to master skills and depend on your own ability, but you really have the ability to learn what your strengths are—even some that you didn’t expect you had.
As you progress throughout the programs, this independent mindset feeds into a teamwork mentality of seeing problems and finding solutions within a patrol, with knowledgeable guidance from older, experienced leaders.
The scouts can be a lifetime involvement, from as young as 6 years old to being an experienced adult scout leader, showing others the way. It takes dedication and commitment to remain with something you believe in so long, and that translates to other aspects of life.
The cool thing about scouts is that, as you progress and your skill increases, you gain responsibility for your own actions. For example, maybe you have to cook your own dinner on an overnight or backpacking trip and you have to organize and prepare it. If you burn it, you still have to eat it.
Also as you progress and hone your strengths in scouts, you have that responsibility handed right back to you. A lot of times older boys and girls have the opportunity to mentor and teach younger kids, and they are looked up to (for good reason!)
Communication and Camaraderie
This is not a skill that should be underestimated. In the scouts, kids have the opportunity to create long lasting relationships with others their own age, as well as interact with more experienced people. The kinds of fun, crazy and sometimes scary situations you get into are truly unique.
The ability to set and achieve goals
Both the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts programs are based on setting and achieving goals through skill attainment and improvement. The programs are such that you work through badges and milestones, and the accomplishments and self-esteem that come from this are awesome.
Not only do these programs lend themselves to these characteristics, but they have other perks as well: being involved in an organization with so much tradition and authority, putting in the volunteer time, and achieving awards also helps kids out in a literal way. Not only can they see how their efforts affect their communities, but they are often times open to the possibility of scholarships. Not only that, but they actually have sometime to talk about when the question of “so what skills do you have, really?” comes up.