King of Glory Lutheran Church
Tempe, Arizona

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Why Scouting?

The Positive Impact of 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.

2005 Harris Interactive Study

Eighty-three 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. As youth, Scouts are taught to live by a code of conduct exemplified in the 12 points of the Scout Law, and they continue to live by these laws in adulthood.

Trustworthy
The majority of Scouts agreed that Scouting has taught them always to be honest (75 percent) and to be a leader (76 percent).
Loyal
Eighty-eight percent of Scouts are proud to live in the USA, and 83 percent say spending time with family is important to them.
Helpful
Eight out of 10 Scouts surveyed believed that helping others should come before their own self-interest.
Friendly
Eighty percent of Scouts say that Scouting has taught them to treat others with respect and (78 percent) to get along with others.
Courteous
Almost nine of 10 Scouts (87 percent) believe older people should be treated with respect.
Kind
Most Scouts agree (78 percent) Scouting has taught them to care or other people, while 43 percent say their skills in helping other people in need are "excellent."
Obedient
Boys in Scouting five years or more are more likely than boys who have never been in Scouts to reject peer pressure to hang out with youth they know commit delinquent acts (61 percent vs. 53 percent).
Cheerful
Overall, Scouts are happy with their schools (78 percent) and their neighborhoods (79 percent). However, because Scouting builds such high ideals in youth, Scouts are less satisfied than non-Scouts with the state of the world today (47 percent vs. 52 percent).
Thrifty
More than eight out of 10 Scouts (82 percent) say that saving money for the future is a priority.
Brave
Eighty percent of Scouts say Scouting has taught them to have confidence in themselves, and 51 percent rate their self-confidence as "excellent."
Clean
Nearly the same number of Scouts (79 percent) agree that Scouting has taught them to take better care of the environment and that Scouting has increased their interest in physical fitness.
Reverent
Scouting experience also influences religious service attendance. Eighty-three percent of men who were Scouts five or more years say attending religious services together as a family is "very important," versus 77 percent of men who had never been Scouts.