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Information About Scouting

For over 100 years, Scouting programs have instilled in youth the values found in the Scout Oath and Scout Law. You are located in the Dan Beard Council of the Boy Scouts of America which serves 34,000 youth in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area. Today, these values are just as relevant in helping youth grow to their full potential as they were in 1910. Scouting helps youth develop academic skills, self-confidence, ethics, leadership skills, and citizenship skills that influence their adult lives while having fun with friends his own age.

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Adventure of Scouting

Outdoor Fun

In the outdoors, youth have opportunities to acquire skills that make them more self-reliant. They can explore canoe paths and hiking trails and complete challenges they first thought were beyond their ability. Attributes of good character become part of a youth as he or she learns to cooperate to meet outdoor challenges that may include extreme weather, difficult trails and portages, and dealing with nature's unexpected circumstances.

 

Learning by doing is a hallmark of outdoor education. Unit meetings offer information and knowledge used on outdoor adventures. A leader may describe and demonstrate a Scouting skill at a meeting, but the way Scouts truly learn an outdoor skill is to do it themselves on a unit outing.

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Safety

Safety Comes First

The safety of your child while involved in any Scouting activity is the unit leader’s number one priority. For this reason, the BSA has created safety policies and procedures, and established age-appropriate guidelines for all Scouting activities.

 

All potential adult leaders must be approved and also go through a background check. Find our more at: http://www.scouting.org/Training/YouthProtection.aspx

 

Scouting also provides a guide to Safe Scouting with specific details and regulations. Find our more at: http://www.scouting.org/sitecore/content/Home/HealthandSafety.aspx

 

Scouting Results

Achievement in Scouting

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.

 

A 2005 study by Harris Interactive found that 83 percent of men who were Scouts in their youth agree that the values they learned in Scouting continue to be very important to them today. Eighty-seven percent of men who remained in Scouting five or more years attribute some of their self-confidence in their work to their Scouting experience. Half of the group say Scouting had a positive effect on their career development and advancement, and 83 percent say there have been real-life situations where having been a Scout helped them be a better leader.

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