The mission of the West Tennessee Area Council, Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes. A study done by Tufts University demonstrates that Scouting is successful in building key character attributes like: cheerfulness, helpfulness, obedience, kindness, hopefulness and trustworthiness. The study data shows that Scouts are more likely to have a positive outlook, a sense of responsibility to others, a sense of kindness and a hopeful outlook on the future. “We must change Scouts from a 'what can I get' to a 'what can I give' attitude,” Baden Powell, founder of Scouting.
The goal of this $5,000 initiative is to raise funds for 200 scholarships this Fall to offset a new $25 joining fee recently implemented by the national Boy Scouts of America office. These new Scouts will be part of a fun program that promotes character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness. While various activities and youth groups teach basic skills and promote teamwork, Scouting goes beyond that and encourages youth to achieve a deeper appreciation for service to others in their community. Scouting provides youth with a sense that they are important as individuals and promotes activities that lead to personal responsibility and high self-esteem. As a result, when hard decisions have to be made, youth can resist peer pressure.
These scholarships will ensure no youth misses out on the opportunity to join Scouting due to financial restraints – Donate Now!