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Program Benefits of the Boy Scouts

The Boy Scouts of America was incorporated to provide a program for community organizations that offers effective character, citizenship and personal fitness training for youth.

Specifically, the BSA endeavors to develop American citizens who:

are physically, mentally and emotionally fit

have a high degree of self-reliance as evidenced in such qualities as initiative, courage and resourcefulness

have personal values based on religious concepts

have the desire and skills to help others

understand the principles of the American social, economic and governmental systems

are knowledgeable about and take pride in their American heritage and understand our nation’s role in the world

have a keen respect for the basic rights of all people

are prepared to participate in and give leadership to American society.

Statistics show that over the long term boys and young men who have experienced Scouting’s programs are more likely to have success in school, career and family, as well as stronger ethics and better relationships with others.   For example:

Boys with 5 or more years in Scouting (98%) are more likely to graduate from high school than those who never were Scouts (83%).

Former Scouts (40%) are also more likely to be college graduates that non-Scouts (16%)

Thirty-three percent of men who were Scouts for 5 years or more have household incomes of $50,000 or more compared to 17% for non-Scouts.

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