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Scouts celebrate 104 years of teaching ethics, values


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By C.J. McMANUS
Sun Advocate associate editor

With the staggering amount of choices available to today's young people, traditional values and ethics are in a state of constant change. Teenagers face unprecedented challenges concerning body image, educational competition and the constant broadcast of their every move through a litany of websites and phone applications.

As the Boy Scouts celebrate their yearly anniversary this February, it has become apparent that the ethical lessons this organization strives to instill becomes more valuable by the minute.

In the Castle Country, youth sports programs such as Little League, American Legion, Junior Jazz and school athletics instill the life lessons which help lead children toward fulfilling careers and honest family relationships.

However, there is a definite gap for those who don't have the talent to continue in athletics or simply choose not to. One option for those looking for a team with perhaps a lesser degree of competition have a friend in the Boy Scouts.

The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness, said the scout's website.

For over a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values while having a good time. Scouts believe that helping youth is the key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.

A study conducted by the BSA showed that men who were Scouts agree that Scouting has had a positive influence on their lives, as well as on American society as a whole. Scouting has positively influenced their character development, self-confidence, interpersonal skills, and family relationships.

In fact, compared with men in 1995, a larger number of individuals today say that Scouting activities improved their family life at the time they were Scouts, had a positive effect on their school life in later years, and positively influenced their career development and advancement as an adult. Compared with those who were never Scouts, men who were Scouts five or more years as youth are more satisfied with their present lives and occupations, have sustained lifelong friendships, and place a higher value on family relationships

According to the study, scouting has helped those involved with the program gain self-confidence, leadership skills, determination, and social interaction skills. Scouting has also impacted academic skills. The program's activities have helped Scouts improve reading, science, engineering, physical fitness, and emergency preparedness skills. In addition, boys who are Scouts report earning higher grades.

Current and former Scouts are more active and have a wider range of interests, according to the study, available at www.scouting.org/FILESTORE/marketing/pdf/02-849.pdf.

Those involved in the program tend to watch less television and are engaged in extracurricular activities such as fine arts, hobbies, and school clubs.

Scouts are also more likely to make ethical decisions, not easy decisions. Those within the program more likely to volunteer to be a leader, practice responsible recycling procedures, and take part in community service. They are also more likely to report a classmate with a gun and are less likely than non-Scouts to drink alcohol.

Troops are commonly associated with religious groups, not the LDS church alone, meaning that children of any denomination or no denomination at all are welcome.

Those interested in becoming a Boy Scout here in Carbon County can call (435) 637-8059, or go online to www.scouting.org.

Facts about scouting. In 2012, service projects were conducted by more than 2.7 million youth members and more than one million volunteers.

In 2012, 13,449,017 service hours were reported for Journey to Excellence.

Service in the amount of $297,761,236 provided by Scouts and leaders to communities across America. (Based on the $22.14 Independent Sector value of volunteer time for 2012).

Service projects most commonly reported for Journey to Excellence in 2012 included, litter cleanup and community beautification.

Food collection and distribution. Community dimension. Conservation projects.

Military support/appreciation. Scout Activities and Outdoor Adventures.

Nearly 1.1 million youth attended a council camp or national high-adventure camp.

National high-adventure base, Boy Scouts and Venturers, 31,432 Philmont, 13,309 Florida Sea Base 6,991Northern Tier

Advancements and Awards.

In 2012, the centennial year of the Eagle Scout Award, 57,976 Scouts earned the Eagle rank, more than in any previous year.

About seven percent of all Boy Scouts earned the Eagle Scout rank in 2012. From 1912 to 2012, more than 2 million Boy Scouts have earned the Eagle Scout rank.

A total of 2,175,878 merit badges were earned by Boy Scouts in 2012.

Some 115,177,687 merit badges have been earned by Boy Scouts since Scouting was established in 1910.

The most often earned merit badges since 1910 include: First Aid-6,813,506 Swimming-6,169,318 Camping-4,549,465 Cooking-4,193,550 Citizenship in the Community-3,353,100 (Source: 2012 BSA Local Council Index)

More than 1,067,513 volunteers provided leadership for Scouting programs in 2012.

On average, Scout volunteers give 20 hours per month in service to Scouting.

This equals approximately 256,203,120 hours of volunteer time given to support Scouting in 2012. (Source: Volunteer Outcomes Study, Research & Program Innovation)

Volunteer time worth $5.67 billion was given in 2012 to support Scouting across America. (Based on $22.14 Independent Sector value of volunteer time for 2012).

(Facts about scouting and other information from this article were taken directly from the Boy Scouts website at www. scouting.org)

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