The Value of Scouting


One Gigantic Community

One Gigantic Community At the close of the 1920 World Scout Jamboree, Robert Baden-Powell challenged the assembled Scouts to go forth as brothers and help foster peace throughout the world. “Brother Scouts, answer me,” he called. “Will you join in this endeavor?” Their answer was a resounding “yes.” In 2007, Eagle Scout Nathan Watson answered Baden-Powell’s call. The Murray, Kentucky, teenager represented the BSA at a reenactment of the first Boy Scout camp at Brownsea Island off the southern coast of England, where he mingled with Scouts from dozens of other countries. “It was amazing being so close to so many different cultures and countries,” Nathan said.

The Brownsea experience taught Nathan and his fellow Scouts a powerful lesson. “We’re all one gigantic community—regardless of nation, regardless of the flag we carry above our heads,” he said. “If I do my part and keep spreading the word, I can one day say that I made a difference in this world and that I helped bring world unity and world peace.”

To Help Other People

When Webelos Scout Austin McDonough-Fisher learned that some of his schoolmates didn’t have money for school supplies, he took action. The Toughkenamon, Pennsylvania, fifth-grader contacted local businesses, asking them to donate 25 school backpacks and enough supplies to fill them.

“Austin is a great kid,” said Den Leader Lynn Hudzik. “He is very compassionate and very quick to see things from the other person’s perspective.”

Several businesses responded to Austin’s appeal, and he easily exceeded his goal. In the end, he delivered 104 backpacks to three local schools. “There was not one child that walked in this school in September that didn’t have a new backpack,” said Barbara DeCarlo, principal of New Garden Elementary School.

Austin was on hand when some of the students received their backpacks. “The looks on the kids’ faces when they got the new book bags was really great,” he said. “You just get really happy when you see their faces.”

Cubmaster for Life—and Love

When Alberta Reed’s pastor asked her to help organize a Cub Scout pack at her Tampa, Florida, church, she reluctantly agreed. When the church couldn’t find a Cubmaster, she reluctantly took the job. Forty years later, she’s still the Cubmaster, but she isn’t reluctant anymore.

“I’ve enjoyed working with the boys,” she said. “In fact, I love it. That’s the only way you can really stay in something and be dedicated: You’ve got to have some love there.”

The love Reed has for her Scouts is evident. “We have little guys up here that don’t have a father at home or brothers at home. They need to get out and explore themselves with other people,” she said. “I think that makes a big difference in their lives as they grow up.”

Reed has made a difference in other people’s lives as well. She has taught generations of Scouting professionals how to make the program work in the inner city, and they’ve put those lessons into practice far beyond Reed’s College Hill neighborhood.



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