SCOUTING AND ITS VALUES WORK FOR THE BETTERMENT OF OUR COMMUNITY
Educational institutions, churches, employers and concerned citizens desire to instill fundamental values in the youths of their communities. These groups and others know the importance of developing young people who are responsible and dependable. These groups know the necessity of instilling in young people a desire to do their best and to make their communities better places.
"Values of Americans" -- a 2005 study by Harris Interactive -- found that men who were Scouts are more likely to have higher levels of education than those who have never been Scouts. Additionally, on average, men who were Scouts have incomes of $75,000 compared to $61,000, reported by men who have never been Scouts.
SCOUTING AS AN OUTREACH TO YOUTHS
Groups receive national charters to use the Scouting program as part of their youth development program. These chartered organizations include religious, educational, civic, fraternal, business, labor, corporations, professional associations and citizens groups. The organization holding the charter is responsible for adult volunteer leadership, providing a place to meet, and support for activities of the Scouting unit.
Learning for Life offers classroom-based programs that provide an action-learning process with grade-specific lesson plans for grades K through 12, plus a complete supplement for special-needs students.
Learning for Life helps youths develop social and life skills, assist in character development, and helps them formulate positive personal values.
ADULT VOLUNTEER LEADERSHIP & TRAINING
More than 17,000 adult volunteers both men and women serve at all levels of Scouting in the Greater St. Louis Area Council. An executive board and council operating committees, comprised completely of volunteers, give leadership and guidance to the Scouting program.
The Greater St. Louis Area Council provides training for adult volunteer leaders in Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity teams and Venturing crews. Every two years, volunteers attend Youth Protection Training or complete training through the council's website. In addition, leaders attend monthly Roundtables meetings where they obtain program and activity information that will assist them in planned unit activities. An advanced leadership development program for adult leaders is Wood Badge.
SCOUTING AND YOU
When you give your time, talents or financial resources to the Scouting program, you are making the best investment available toward the development of young people.
The Greater St. Louis Council serves 26 counties in Missouri and 10 counties in Illinois. To learn more, click here