Boy Scout Camp - more than just merit badges!
The purpose of the Scouting program is to provide youth with a fun, exciting program that also instills qualities of character, citizenship, responsibility and personal fitness, traits that will help them throughout their lives.
Scout camping provides a setting in which a boy can learn, by adult example and by personal practice, many of those intangible things that will help him grow into a person of strong character. Things such as:
- Sense of duty to himself and his community
- Acceptance of responsibility for his acts and the need for self-control
- Ability to stand on his own feet; gaining self-reliance and personal confidence
- Knowledge of, and ability to use, leadership skills
- Willingness to assume leadership when qualified
- Ability to respond to emergencies
- Willingness and skills needed to help others
- Ability and willingness to accept direction
- Ability to get along with others
- Knowledge of healthful living and personal fitness
- Understanding of teamwork
- Sense of fairness
- Understanding of the interdependence of people of all races, creeds and cultures
- Recognition of his spirituality
These outcomes should not be left to chance. Camp and troop leaders need to be aware of the purposes of Scouting and how to use the program to help Scouts grow. Scout summer camping is more than just merit badges... it provides the place, the people and the program that can achieve the purposes of Scouting. Scout summer camping can make a difference – a difference in youth, in people, in communities, in the nation and in the world.
[ Originally published in the summer 2007 edition of CPC Times. ]
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