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.
A 2005 study by Harris Interactive found that 83 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. Eighty-seven percent of men who remained in Scouting five or more years attribute some of their self-confidence in their work to their Scouting experience. Half of the group say Scouting had a positive effect on their career development and advancement, and 83 percent say there have been real-life situations where having been a Scout helped them be a better leader.
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.
Doing service projects together is one way that Cub Scouts keep their promise “to help other people.” While a Scout should do his best to help other people every day, a group service project is a bigger way to help people. While you’re giving service, you’re learning to work together with others to do something that’s good for your community.
Service projects may help the natural world, the community, or the chartered organization. Here are some service activities Cub Scouts can do.
1. Helping the natural world
- Pick up litter around your neighborhood.
- Clean up trash by a stream.
- Plant seedlings or flowers.
- Recycle glass, paper, aluminum, or plastic.
- Make bird feeders.
2. Helping the community
- Give a flag ceremony for a school.
- Collect food for food banks.
- Make cards for a care center.
- Clean up a church parking lot.
- Shovel snow or rake leaves for seniors.
- Hand out voting reminders.
- Hand out emergency procedure brochures.
- Recycle family newspapers.
- Helping the chartered organization
3. Do a cleanup project.
- Plant and care for trees.
- Conduct a flag ceremony
- Help set up for a special event.
- Hand out programs or bulletins at a meeting of the organization.
These are only a few ideas for service projects. Can you think of others? Share your ideas with the members and leaders of your den.
Scouting is a values-based program with its own code of conduct. The Scout Oath and Law help instill the values of good conduct, respect for others, and honesty. Scouts learn skills that will last a lifetime, including basic outdoor skills, first aid, citizenship skills, leadership skills, and how to get along with others. For almost a century, Scouting has instilled in young men the values and knowledge that they will need to become leaders in their communities and country.
Scout Oath or Promise
On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.
A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.
Give to Scouting
Scouting needs your support, whether it's with a financial contribution to the Friends of Scouting campaign, by purchasing a ticket to the Boy Power dinner, or as simply as purchasing a box of Trail’s End popcorn from a local scout. All of these gifts help to support the mission of scouting in Central New York and help to see scouting through its next century. To donate directly to the Longhouse Council please use the "Donate Now!" link below or contact the Longhouse Council’s Development Director, William Albrecht. Your continued support is vital in order to continue to provide the programs that develop the youth of our community.
Gifts in Kind
There are many other ways to support scouting other than a direct financial contribution. You can support scouting by donating gifts in kind; whether it is program supplies for summer camp operations for Sabattis Scout Reservation or office supplies for the Longhouse Council Service Center. To see a list of needed items, please check the Camp Woodland and Sabattis Scout Reservation pages.
Remembering Scouting. Leaving A Legacy.
There are many options and opportunities to leave a lasting gift and legacy to ensure that Boy Scouts of America programs will continue to help mold young men and women for many years to come. Professional financial advisers are available through Boy Scouts of America to provide consultation and proposals that can be given to your current financial advisor, attorney or CPA to help you remember scouting in your last will and testament.