Scouting is fun! While boys are having fun and doing things they like to do, they also learn new things, discover and master
new skills, gain self-confidence, and develop strong friendships.
Scouting has ideals. The Scout Oath is a pledge of duty to God and family. The Scout Law is a simple formula for good Scouting
and good citizenship.
Scouting strengthens families. Boy Scouts provides opportunities for family members to work and play together, to have fun together,
and to get to know each other a little better.
Scouting helps boys develop interests and skills. Recognition and awards encourage them to learn about a variety of subjects,
such as conservation, safety, physical fitness, community awareness, academic subjects, sports, and religious activities.
Scouting provides adventure. Boys find adventure in exploring the outdoors, learning about nature, and gaining a greater appreciation
for our beautiful world.
Scouting creates fellowship. Boys like to be accepted as part of a group. In Boy Scouts, boys belong to a small group called a patrol
where they take part in interesting and meaningful activities with their friends.
Scouting is a positive place. Scouting provides your son with a positive peer group who can encourage him in all the right ways.
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.
The majority of Scouts agreed that Scouting has taught them always to be honest (75 percent) and to be a leader (76 percent).
Eighty-eight percent of Scouts are proud to live in the USA, and 83 percent say spending time with family is important to them.
Eight out of 10 Scouts surveyed believed that helping others should come before their own self-interest.
Eighty percent of Scouts say that Scouting has taught them to treat others with respect and (78 percent) to get along with others.
Almost nine of 10 Scouts (87 percent) believe older people should be treated with respect.
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."
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).
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).
More than eight out of 10 Scouts (82 percent) say that saving money for the future is a priority.
Eighty percent of Scouts say Scouting has taught them to have confidence in themselves, and 51 percent rate their self-confidence as "excellent."
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.
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.