Through Scouting, young people first learn to develop their own skills and values, then to lead others through their own growth. Scouts frequently learn to become leaders in small groups, and then move on to more challenging positions leading larger elements. This process takes them through the Scouting ranks, perhaps to Eagle Rank, an on to serve their communities and the nation as citizen leaders, reflecting self-confidence and values they learned through Scouting. Community service through leadership is an important benefit of Scouting.
A key to the Scouting experience is the growth of the individual. The values of Scouting, taught through interaction with trained adult leaders and involved parents, provides a path leading youth to develop skills, character, self-confidence, and an expectation of personal accomplishment. The proof of the value of the Scouting experience is reflected in the quality and character of those who have experienced the program and excelled in life. The highest standard of accomplishment a Scout can aspire to achieve is the Eagle Scout Award, represented by Presidents and other high elected officials, astronauts, military, respected business leaders and professionals throughout our society. In 2012 the highest number of Scouts in our Council’s history achieved the Eagle Scout rank.
To join in the fun, join Scouting! From very young boys to young people, boys and girls, and adults as well, there are exciting and rewarding opportunities. And the fun can range from Cub Scouts racing their hand-built model racers to Boy Scouts building new skills and self-confidence in a wilderness experience. It spans boys and adult leaders sharing a meal they prepared themselves and tales of adventure around a campfire to Explorer Scouts, young men and women, opening new doors of intellectual, social and, possibly, future professional life. For adults, opportunities range from sharing in their children’s Scouting experiences to leadership roles as volunteers contributing to their communities through Scouting. Where ever a youth or adult are on life’s journey, they can join in the fun of Scouting!
Scouting is a shared experience for youth and parents, a sharing vital to its goals. As a youth moves through the Scouting programs, gaining confidence and maturity, parents’ roles change, but are always important. Many of the learning opportunities of Scouting involve parent and child, working together to discover new perspectives on the world, build new skills, and forge the values that Scouting instills. Beyond that relationship, many parents step into broader leadership roles in Scouting, helping many young people achieve their goals. Many parents find this powerfully rewarding.
Scouting IS adventure, and our camps offer a key place for youths and parents to find it. In our Council, Scouts experience that adventure in many different and exciting ways, at our two camps in Wisconsin, and at one nearby in Illinois. But Scouting adventures are discovered in many other places too, in other Boy Scout camps and facilities across the nation. These offer special experiences: canoeing, kayaking, power-boating, scuba-diving, white-water rafting, aviation, rock-climbing, and others limited only by a youth’s imagination and passion for adventure.
Berwyn, Bridgeview, Brookfield, Countryside, Hodgkins, Indian Head Park, Justice, La Grange, La Grange Highlands, La Grange Park, Lyons, McCook, North Riverside, Riverside, Stickney, Westchester, Western Springs, and Willow Springs.
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