Thank you for your interest in Scouts BSA!
On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight. Within the Twin Valley Council, over 1,000 youth and 550 adults take this pledge weekly. These Scouts and leaders not only say these words, they learn how to practice and live up to them in their daily lives.
Scouting is impactful because it puts youth in real life situations that they must overcome. Planning for a campout a Scout must work with their patrol to plan a program, plan a menu, plan a budget, plan a duty roster, and work together as a team. They must also collect and manage money, care for equipment, and communicate with each other. Scouts are having fun in the outdoors, but they are also learning skills that help them lead. These leadership skills give Scouts a leg up as an adult as they enter the workforce, start a family, or enter their chosen vocations. In today’s technologically based society, these soft skills are being lost, but are still in great demand in the workplace. Scouting gives youth a step up when they enter the workplace by already having these skills.
Scouting helps youth experience a world beyond their phone, computer or video game. It puts them in situations that are new and unfamiliar and guides them through the process of problem solving, leading others, team work and accomplishing goals. When people think of Scouting, they think of camping and the outdoors. Although that is a major part of our program, it is not the only part. The top 10 merit badges earned in the Twin Valley Council include Citizenship in the Nation, First Aid, Astronomy, Aviation, Wood Carving, Archery, Forestry, Camping, Family Life, and Environmental Science. This diverse area of interest shows the depth of experiences that Scouting offers to youth.
We have all read articles about how youth need to spend more time outdoors with positive adult role models. How they need to spend less time online and more time socializing with friends. Scouting provides that opportunity.
The entire family is now able to participate together in Cub Scouting and family Scouting programs, life changing programs. Girls can join Scouting, work toward the rank of Eagle Scout, and experience the same leadership development program that has helped shape five generations of leaders!