Why I like Scouts

As a Cub Scouter, there is so much to like about the Scouting program…


This program provides youth, from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds, with the opportunity to develop vital skills that will hold them in good stead later on in life. From outdoor education to physical fitness and working as a team, Scouts has something for everyone.

Scouts Canada has introduced an interesting new program in recent years; one which puts even more emphasis on being youth-led. This is important. From a young age, it is good to teach our youth to develop initiative. This will help the children, as they grow older, to be concerned citizens who actively participate in their democracy. Along with other changes, the new program has replaced the traditional Cub books with the “Jungle Map”…

In addition, Scouting provides camping opportunities so that youth can explore the natural world. Scouts has an emphasis on survival skills, including the focus on Leave No Trace. I am fairly supportive of these principles as it ensures that a clean environment will be available for future generations to enjoy.

The Scouting community is massive. Area and council-level activities are common, and the Brotherhood camping experience encourages idea-swapping between Scouts on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border. What’s more, World Jamborees gather youth from all four corners of the globe to peacefully embrace Scouting values.

In conclusion, Scouting is great because it gives youth positive, lasting memories of their youth. It pushes them out of their comfort zones in a safe, welcoming atmosphere that applauds skills development (Social, Physical, Intellectual, Character, Emotional and Spiritual).


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