Plumbers, lawyers, housewives, teachers, doctors, janitors, and scientists—people from just about every occupation imaginable— are involved in leading youth to become responsible, caring, and competent citizens.
They also quickly discover that Scout volunteering enables them to learn new skills and build lifelong friendships while having fun.
Whether you wish to volunteer your time with elementary school–age boys or middle and high school–age youth, the Boy Scouts of America has a volunteer opportunity that is right for you. In addition to the reward of working with youth, through volunteering for Scouts you will:
- Develop a greater level of pride in your community,
- Have the opportunity to demonstrate moral and ethical decisions,
- Build a closer bond with your children and other children in the community,
- Become a better role model image for youth in your community,
- Develop a more personal relationship with God.
Volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America enables you to work with youth to build a better future for everyone.
Volunteering by the Numbers
- More than 1.2 million adult volunteers contribute their time and skills to the development of youth through the Boy Scouts of America.
- Ninety-six percent of Scout volunteers would strongly encourage family, friends, and coworkers to volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America.
- Volunteers believe their time invested with the Boy Scouts of America helps them be:
- a better citizen (90 percent),
- a better parent (88 percent),
- a better manager(73 percent),
- a better employee (66 percent),
- more patient and tolerant of others(69 percent),
- more open to new ideas(65 percent)
- and opinions(52 percent).
Being a good Scout leader requires more than knowing how to camp. However, the Scouting program does provide outdoor training classes for leaders with beginning intermediate, and advanced outdoor skills.
You will not have to carry the responsibilities alone. Other leaders and parents in your unit will lend a hand by using their skills to teach the youth or assist with special projects, enabling you to be an effective leader and parent.
Yes. Every leadership position is open to women. In fact, more than one-third of Scout volunteers are women.
There are a variety of training sessions available, specific to the leadership position you hold. For example, as a new leader, training is available immediately to enable you to run your first meeting successfully. More in depth training is provided throughout the year, and monthly roundtable meetings enable you and other leaders to share ideas on how to organize fun and exciting activities for youth.
Scout handbooks list a variety of advancement activities appropriate for the age of the youth in each program. You can also find other books at your local Scout shop with ideas to make your meetings and events more interesting.
The Cub Scout Program Helps book, available through your local Scout shop, provides a theme for each month and ideas for games, skits, crafts, experiments, and activities. For Boy Scouts and Venturers, the leaders/Advisers guide and the handbooks provide activities and ideas. There are also other resources available through the local Scout shop and online that provide ideas and activities.
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