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Give to Scouting, So Every Child Can Have an Ethics GPS

One of the most uplifting parts of being a parent is seeing my own children show the character values my wife, Tanya, and I have tried to teach. Like when our ten-year-old Girl Scout Junior recently said, “I try not to spend too much time with that girl because she is always talking about her clothing.”  Or our 13-year-old Star Scout, who deliberately chooses friends who take school seriously. Even our six-year-old Tiger now values fair play and recognizes good manners when he sees them. Sure, our kids also have their moments where Tanya and I blame each other’s gene pool, but these moments of reward seem to arrive more frequently with each year.
To be sure, Scouting deserves much of the credit. Recent Studies by Tufts University and others show that the longer a child spends in Scouting, the more its virtues become permanent.
When you’re lost in the woods, a GPS is a fairly handy thing to have. In today’s world, kids face moral choices in terrain that didn’t even exist when we, their parents, were adolescents. Kids’ handheld electronics allow social interaction where rude, sometimes very hurtful behavior can happen anonymously. Kids need that GPS to stay out of those “woods.”

Results that show Scouting Works - Tufts Study
Working with the Cradle of Liberty Council and funded by the John Templeton Foundation, Dr. Richard M. Lerner and his team at Tufts University surveyed nearly 1,800 Cub Scouts and nearly 400 non-Scouts to better understand character development of Scouts. After a two-and-a-half-year period, the study proved Scouting builds positive character and prepares young people for life.

That’s why I give to Scouting. To ensure the future of the program that’s done so much for me and now my children. Every child deserves a positive environment where we foster character development, leadership, and give them tools safely to navigate the treacherous ethical dilemmas that have become so commonplace in our middle and high schools. Every child can benefit from committing to follow the Scout Oath and Law. Every child should go to camp to learn independence and interdependence.
If your child or someone you know has benefited from Scouting, consider making your own gift to the organization now online. Give what you can, small or large. You’re not just supporting the world’s best youth organization. You’re installing a “moral GPS” in a child who just might one day change the world.

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