About the Boy Scouts of America
Several of the MAHCC founding members have had decades-old relationship with the The Boys Scouts of America (BSA), either while growing up, for example in Chile and Argentina, or while living in the United States. As an example, the MAHCC and the National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America (NCACBSA), in a special ceremony held at the Maryland State House in 2008, signed a partnership agreement, which was witnessed by the President of the Maryland State Senate, Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. This was the first time in its long history that the NACBSA has signed such an agreement with an organized business entity. Moreover, MAHCC leaders Jose Nino and Jorge Ribas, have held positions of leadership in the NCACBSA.
A few years ago, in a school assignment to write about something that had changed his life, one student who was also Scout, chose to write about what Boy Scouts meant to him. The essay was posted on the BSA website. It begins:
"Something that changed my life is Boy Scouts. Boy Scouts helped me to be a better person. It helped me take my responsibility to a new level. It helped me realize that effort, teamwork, and communication are a perfect start in a group assignment.
Boy Scouts gives a different type of work than school; work that builds character. I gain new experiences and have lots of fun and adventure while doing so. I learn so many lessons such as to always be one more step ahead of the task. Never give up, and always do better than expected."
Being a member of one of the country's "largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations" is something that gives boys who join great pride. Boy Scouts has, for over a hundred years, been committed to building future leaders who, in turn, work to build a better and stronger society that is more compassionate, responsible, and productive.
The capstone for older Scouts that goes beyond the much sought-after Merit Badges is Eagle Scouts, which is the highest rank of merit the organization bestows on those who have achieved it. Its value goes beyond the awards given by the BSA. According to a study by Baylor University, Eagle Scouts are more likely that non-scouts to be goal-oriented and network with others, have greater planning and preparation skills, occupy leadership positions in their place of work or in their communities, volunteer for other organizations, and donate to charitable groups. The MAHCC is proud to be a partner with one of the greatest and oldest character-development organization for children and youth.
In Cub Scouts, leaders, friends, and parents encourage members to "Do You Best!" which is the Cub Scout motto and is a great mindset to have as boys learn new skills—from campfire cooking to building and racing a pinewood derby car to learning river fishing and more—build character, and have fun.
Boys ages 7 -10 and their families can participate in this year-round program and boys can according to their age group:
- Tiger Cubs – for boys who have finished kindergarten
- Wolf Cubs – for 8 year olds or 2nd graders
- Bear Cubs – for 9 year olds or 3rd graders
- Webelos – for age 10 or 4th and 5th graders
Learning Cub Scouting's Core Values is a fun process that the boys and their families like to participate in through camping, games, and service projects, which are designed to be enjoyable and to give the boys a sense of personal accomplishment.
See below two videos (one in English and one in Spanish), which illustrate the important role that scouting plays in the lives of children and yourth all over the world.
Video: Cub Scouts is for my Family (English)
The Boy Scouts of America offers life-changing experiences that youth and parents simply cannot get anywhere else. Busy Webelo Scoutmom, Michelle, shares her own experience in Scouting and her feeling that Scouting makes makes the most of the little time we have with our kids. If you can relate to Michelle's experience and want to try Cub Scouts out for your family, visit BeAScout.org today.
Video: Be a Scout! (Spanish)
Boys who have earned the Arrow of Light rank and have completed 5th grade and are at least 10 years old, or who are between the ages of 11 and 17, are eligible for membership.
Boy Scouts, is an outdoor-oriented program designed to help develop character, grow their citizenship skills and build personal fitness. They learn teamwork and leadership skills as they plan activities and they gain physical and mental skills through adventuring activities which can include camping, fishing, horseback riding, canoeing, swimming, and more.
The Boy Scouts program focuses on service to others, environmental protection, and developing skills for success that will benefit them throughout their lives. By earning merit badges, boys can learn about sports, crafts, science, trades, business, and future careers. With over 100 badges to choose from, there is undoubtedly many that will appeal to any Boy Scout.
Moreover, events such as the Boy Scout Troop Open House and Jamborees provide opportunities for scouts to meet each other from across the country and the world and to showcase their troop's accomplishments to other boys who can learn what it's like to be a Boy Scout.
Through this year-round program both genders ages 14-20—and who have completed the 8th grade—can participate in activities that emphasize adventure, leadership, service, and personal growth.
It's based on a dynamic and unique relationship between youth, adult leaders and community organizations that work together to carry out exciting and meaningful activities. A key goal of this program is to develop a strong ethical mindset by employing "ethical controversies" or problem-solving situations that the young adults must solve while juggling conflicting elements of empathy, practicality, and creativity.
A part of the Venturing program, Sea Scouts, is a marine-based program of activities and objectives designed to develop leadership and aquatic skills on the high seas.
Be a Volunteer!
Critical to the Boy Scouts Program are adult role models, the men and women volunteers who work with the scouts during their activities to guide and direct them as they strive to earn their various merit badges. Volunteers empower youth to grow the skills they will need as leaders of tomorrow.
Volunteers relate that honing their own leadership skills and improving their own physical fitness have been unexpected and pleasant outcomes for them. Additionally, they say that volunteering with the BSA has helped them to be better parents, managers, employees, and citizens. They believe they have developed more patience as well as becoming more open-minded and tolerant.
On average, volunteers find they spend about 20 hours a month and are so motivated to continue that 96% of them recommend it volunteering to others.
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