Those who know me, know that one of the most important things in my life is the Boy Scouts of America. I have been involved in the Scouting program since I was in First Grade (6 or 7 years old), as I am now 23 I have spent the majority of my life involved in the program in some way. In the past few years, there has been much discussion online about the benefits of Scouting and whether or not it is still relevant or important in today's world. It should be relatively obvious that I believe the benefits of Scouting are long lived, and I am not alone in this opinion. Ray Capp, former National Chairman of the Order of the Arrow (National Honor Society of the BSA) wrote an article in April 2016 that I will link to (here) that I encourage all of you to read.
Another fact that many of my offline friends will know is that I have recently moved to Richmond, VA and I have found a new Scouting home. Seeing the passion that the other volunteers, both men and women, have for the program and the development of the youth, both male and female (yes, I said female), reinvigorates me every time I experience it. I encourage each and everyone of you to get involved in the Scouting program, if you don't know what it is all about you can click HERE and if you want to find an opportunity around you click HERE.
Now back to the original topic of this post...
Is Scouting Relevant Today?
In short, yes. The skills I have learned in the Scouting program have turned me into the man I am today. Respect and willingness to listen are two of these important skills, but probably the most important I use daily is how to teach. As a new College Graduate I have been in classrooms as long as I can remember, and every student learns differently just as every teacher teaches differently, but it is important whenever you are teaching ANYTHING to not only explain the information, but also to do everything you can to ensure the student has learned and will retain the information.
Not only did Scouting provide me with these skills I am thankful for daily, it also provided me with male role models. Growing up, like many other boys in America, I unfortunately was a child of divorce. A situation that is growing in America today, through the Scouting program I was able to find quality men whom I could strive to emulate in my daily life. I would like to dedicate this post to two of the biggest role models I gained in Scouting. Both "Captain" Ken Moore and Tom Sweda taught me through every interaction not to be afraid of hard work and you will only achieve your dreams through hard work.
On a closing note, I would like to quote Ray Capp, from the article I linked to above
We live in an age of crisis in American boyhood. Girls are much more likely to be graduated from high school AND go to college. Boys have much higher rates of substance abuse, delinquency, and violence. Boys have more difficulty with school and in school. And in this age of pervasive divorce, it is boys who most often are the ones growing up without a parental model of their own sex in the home. -- Ray Capp