For 100 years, Scouting programs have instilled in youth the values found in the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Today, these values are just as relevant in helping youth grow to their full potential as they were in 1910. Scouting helps youth develop academic skills, self-confidence, ethics, leadership skills, and citizenship skills that influence their adult lives.
The Boy Scouts of America provides youth with programs and activities that allow them to:
- Try new things, like at Howard H. Cherry Scout Reservation in Central City, IA.
- Provide service to others, Scouting for Food in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids!
- Build self-confidence, through den, pack, patrol and troop meetings.
- Reinforce ethical standards, Duty to God and service to others.
While various activities and youth groups teach basic skills and promote teamwork, Scouting goes beyond that and encourages youth to achieve a deeper appreciation for service to others in their community.
Scouting provides youth with a sense that they are important as individuals. It is communicated to them that those in the Scouting family care about what happens to them, regardless of whether a game is won or lost.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, Scouting promotes activities that lead to personal responsibility and high self-esteem. As a result, when hard decisions have to be made, peer pressure can be resisted and the right choices can be made.
Right here in the Hawkeye Area Council, thousands of youth and adults take part in Scouting each year. As a matter of fact, nearly one out of every four Cub Scout age youth in our service is in Scouting!