“A sign of a good leader is not how many followers you have but how many leaders you create.” Mahatma Gandhi
Since the inception of the Boy Scouts of America in 1910, one of their main objectives has been to provide strong role models for youth during their formative years. What our youth need are caring adults who are strong role models. We know that mentoring is an important component of Scouting and recent scientific research proves that Scouting builds character. Dr. Richard M. Lerner, a psychologist and youth expert at Tufts University and his team measured the character attributes of nearly 1,800 Cub Scouts and nearly 400 non-Scouts.
Scouting is a vehicle that carries youth on a developmental journey that unlocks their full potential and leaves an indelible impression that lasts a lifetime. Scouts are taught self-confidence that allows them to react heroically in tragedy, the importance of serving others and meeting needs when they arise, and what it means to give back.
Community service is perhaps one of the best benchmarks we can use to judge how our cities and towns are truly performing. When care for those who need it the most is lacking in our country, it speaks volumes about the direction of our society. It is what we do that determines who we are, and who we are is defined by the character we instill in our children and future generations to follow.
The end of the school year is my favorite time of year. It signals the beginning of our summer programs. And this year, in particular, I am so excited to see those camps filled with activity. We missed our Scouts last year. I missed our Scouts. The Scouting program is dependent on our volunteers … but those Scouts are the reason we all do what we do. Our mantra through 2020 was keep calm and Scout on. Now, is the time to escape the great indoors. Let’s Scout on, at camp!