Scouting in its nature, is an educational program. It is designed to educate and train youth on how to make ethical and moral decisions throughout their lives under the guidance of the Scout Oath and Law. The Impact of Scouting on Educational Performance is often hyperbole – until scientists decided to take a look.
In a study published by the National Institute of Health in 2020, researchers found:
Creativity, adaptability, emotional intelligence, entrepreneurial spirit, leadership, problem solving and decision making – highly valued qualities in high performing students. Scouting builds these qualities in youth by challenging them (A Scout is Brave) to try and do new things; to encourage them with the EDGE Method (Educate Demonstrate Guide Enable); leadership is built using the Patrol Method and rotating youth through assignments; and creative thinking is developed by exposing youth to a broad array of life skills. Finally problem solving, decision, entrepreneurial spirit and emotional intelligence are rooted in the Scout Oath “to help other people at all times” and the Scout Law – Trustworthy, Loyal, Friendly, Courteous, Kind – all elements of entrepreneurs who bring out the best in others because they give the best of themselves.\
The researchers also looked that the development of social skills that are widely believe to improve student performance and they found:
The Patrol Method in Scouting establishes behaviors of discipline, documenting performance, tracking and measuring activities and working with others to get jobs done right and get to the real adventure. The Patrol Method drives leadership among a diverse collection of youth members in and out of Troops. These skills are backed up by being Courteous, Kind, Cheerful and Friendly.
The overall findings were that Scouting programs:
Scouting is Prepared for Life. The ability to resolve conflicts amicably without resulting to violence or verbal insults. The ability to be resilient and try new things and think creatively to solve problems is part of the Scout Skills all scouts are taught. The emotional intelligence comes directly from the Scout Oath serving God, Country, Community and yourself. Scouting improves reading comprehension, speaking abilities and interpersonal skills that are highly valued in the work force today. Camping, cooking, hiking, swimming, cycling, shooting sports and more are all designed to build confidence in themselves, strong self esteem and lead others amicably. Isn’t it time your child joins the Scouts?