A Year in the Life of a Cub Scout…Boy Scout…Venturer: Strengthening Youth, Families, and Neighborhoods
A National Program-Outcomes Study Conducted by Louis Harris & Associates. (click here for Spanish version)
- The finding of The Values of Men and Boys in America study led to the questions “What is it about BSA programs that leads to such positive outcomes?” The Boys Scouts asked us to accept the challenge of scientifcally answering the questions, and after two years of research, this document contains our response
As you read the information from this study, you should know some important facts about how the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) delivers its summer camp programs.The BSA believes these factors are the foundation that allow the organization to provide superior summer camp experiences and to deliver fun with a purpose!
Values of Americans, A Study of Ethics and Character – Boy Scouts of America Youth and Family Research Center
Conducted by Harris Interactive
- The Boy Scouts of America commissioned Harris Interactive to conduct the Values of Americans study to examine the ethics and character of Americans—young and old—to see if values have changed over time. The Boy Scouts also wanted to determine how Scouting has influenced the values of adults over their lifetime and the values of youth members who are Scouts
Beginning in the early 1990s, practitioners and policy makers, as well as scholars of various disciplines, contributed to the emergence of a new approach to youth research and practice, which has been referred to as positive youth development.1 The approach emerged out of frustration over a problem-focused view on youth development. The underlying assumption of the problem-focused view was that youth were vulnerable and represent potential problems that need to be managed.2 On the other hand, the positive youth development perspective suggested that the approach focusing on risk reduction was incomplete and inadequate. Instead, the positive youth development perspective views young people as resources to be developed, focusing on their potentials for successful and healthy development.
- The Boy Scouts of America relies on dedicated volunteers to promote its mission of preparing young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. Today, more than 1.2 million adults provide leadership and mentoring to Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, and Venturing crews.
- Scout volunteers serve in many capacities, from board members who lead in strategic planning for each council, to district volunteers who provide leader training and mentoring, to unit leaders who organize meetings, encourage advancement, and provide outdoor learning experiences for youth. Together, these volunteers gave more than 288million hours of service in 2002 to ensure that the youth of America have access to and benefit from Scouting programs in their communities.
- Through the work of these many volunteers, the Boy Scouts of America remains the foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training in America. To these volunteers we would like to say thank you for your dedication to Scouting. And, to adults who are not currently Scout volunteers, we invite you to become a volunteer and share in the positive experiences Scouting provides.
This chapter was added for the benefit of volunteers and professionals working together to focus on the key elements a potential chartered organization head or executive officer would need to know about our programs.What we are asking of them is to “make the call” to actively serve more youth in their community, and what we are providing them is the use of the Boy Scouts of America’s values-based indoor and outdoor programs.The building blocks of Scouting, its aims and methods, and the program benefits are key to fulfilling the needs of their organizations. We need to make sure this message is conveyed in our conversation.