Reasons for Scouting


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Although our future will soon rest in their hands, it is by our hands that we can sculpt them into tomorrow’s leaders. What they are trained to do and how they are trained to do it is of immeasurable significance.

Serving others

Young people need to serve. The level of community service is a good indication of the health of any society. Scouting has, from its inception, been deeply rooted in the concept of doing for others. “Do a Good Turn Daily” is a core Scouting precept. Scouting encourages young people to recognize the needs of others and take action accordingly. Scouting works through neighborhoods, volunteer organizations, and faith-based organizations to help young people appreciate and respond to the needs of others.

In 2013, the community received over $620,000 worth of community service projects.

“Every day, Scouts are showing that the greatest strength of America lies in the hearts and souls of our citizens. Through your Good Turn for America initiative, Scouts have given more than 1.4 million hours of volunteer service this year alone … On behalf of a grateful nation, I thank the Boy Scouts for serving on the front line of America’s armies of compassion.”

– George W. Bush, National Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, July 2005

High school drop-out epidemic

Teen homeworkPeople need to learn all through their lives. We live in a society that rewards continual acquisition of skills and knowledge. Scouting provides structured settings where young people can learn new skills and develop habits of continual learning that will help them succeed. From its foundation, Scouting has offered a concrete program of discovering, sharing, and applying knowledge and skills.

91% of students in the Scouting program five or more years graduate from high school.

65% of students nationwide graduate from high school.

35% of students in the Scouting program five or more years graduate from college.

19% of students nationwide graduate from college.

The average annual earnings for a former Scout is $80,000, compared to the $61,000 national average.

The Boy Scouts of America provides academic support as a complement to foster social and emotional development.

Scouts are more likely than boys who have never been Scouts to report they earn mostly A’s. In addition, Scouts agree that Scouting has improved their performance in the areas of physical fitness, science, reading, and math.

Lifelong learning

MeritBadgeMainGraphicDo you know how many merit badges are offered by the Boy Scouts of America?

There are more than 145. From agribusiness industry while working on animal science, farm mechanics and plant science merit badges to the communications industry while working on cinematography, journalism and photography merit badges, Boy Scouts are exposed to all types of careers through merit badge work. Some professions even have their own merit badges. They include, but are not limited to, architecture, dentistry, engineering, law, medicine, and surveying. Exposing youth to the careers takes the dollars out of the equation. With exposure, youth can find careers that interest them rather than jobs that pay the bills.

Another program offered by the Buffalo Trail Council that exposes area youth to career planning is our high school Learning for Life program, Navigators.

Just as the word “navigators” implies, the program serves to guide students in making a successful transition from high school into real-world endeavors, including post-secondary education, acquiring a job, being a productive citizen, and establishing and maintaining positive relationships with others. When students complete the Navigators’ Program, they will be much better prepared to enter the workforce or enter post-secondary education. They will have deeper understandings and many more strategies to support their efforts to achieve success in their chosen venture.

Teen alcoholism

teen-underage-drinkingYoung people need mentors. Positive relationships with adults — community and religious leaders and, of course, parents — provide youth with good role models and have a powerful impact on their lives. Young people of every age can benefit from constructive, one-on-one interaction with adults beyond their own families.

Scouting provides such adult interaction. We have a process that screens, selects, and trains the leaders who can provide that extra attention all young people need to succeed in life.

Almost one in five youth have participated in binge drinking.

Scouts are less likely than non-Scouts to drink alcohol.

45% of 14- to 18-year-old youths have used alcohol in the past year.

One third of 14- to 18-year-old youths have had five or more drinks within a few hours.


IMG_1390Parents are so vital to the physical and mental health of a child. Buffalo Trail Council recognizes this issue and addresses it in two ways. Learning for Life curriculum includes a take-home activity to work on with the parents. Many Cub Scout activities include working on projects at home with a parent or sibling. All activities encourage family participation, from Tiger Cub Go and Sees to Pack Meetings and Eagle Court of Honors. Scouting recognizes that the program is stronger the more parents are involved.

However some families are not able or willing to become involved. The leaders associated with Buffalo Trail Council are responsible adults who care about our youth, from an Exploring advisor from the police station, to merit badge counselor working with a Scout on the geology merit badge. This positive interaction with community leaders makes Scouting unique. Inside the post, troop or crew, youth leaders emerge and influence others to excel in all they do.

Crime and gang activity

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Young people need to know to be good and to do good. Few will argue with the importance of teaching values and responsibility to our children — not only right from wrong, but specific, affirmative values such as fairness, courage, honor, and respect for others.

Beginning with the Scout Oath and Scout Law, the Boy Scouts of America program is infused with character-building activities that allow youth to apply abstract principles to daily living situations.

Juveniles accounted for 16% of all violent crimes and 26% of all property crimes in 2008.

Building character

Ryland Prichard from Troop 91 at Guadalupe Mtns Natl PkLow self-esteem can lead youth into horrible situations. Buffalo Trail Council’s business statement could read: We are in the business of building up self-esteem.

This could be from the accomplishments on our COPE course to working together on initiative games. These activities usually bring out the quiet youth who is overlooked, the youth who is afraid to speak up because of a low self-esteem. Our leadership training gives those same youths the opportunity to prove to themselves how important they are. Our programs are youth driven. That means that the youth have input and ownership in outings, meetings and other activities.

The youth in our Venturing crews, Exploring posts and Boy Scout troops plan activities, assign duties, follow through with those assigned duties and then reap the rewards of their hard work. What a self-esteem boost.

We have unique programs to our council that help build self esteem. The Ranching Heritage Program, Horsemanship Program and Mountain Man Experience take a youth out of his comfort levels, not only because he is outdoors, but because he is trying new things.

Soccer and Scouting combines team work of a soccer team and a Cub Scout pack. Leadership is learned on the field as well as in the pack. Not always is the leader on the field the same leader in other pack activities.

Teen drug abuse

teen smokerYoung people need to be well. To get the most from life, one must be both mentally and physically fit. A commitment to physical wellness has been reflected in Scouting’s outdoor programs such as hiking, camping, swimming, climbing, and conservation. First aid, lifesaving, and safety programs are synonymous with Scouting.

Our programs today include strong drug abuse awareness and prevention programs emphasizing the value of healthy living habits.

Healthy living

FPO6“The Boy Scouts of America has assumed a leadership role in confronting this problem (of drug abuse). You are teaching self-protection strategies against drugs and other dangers. You have circulated these strategies in direct language in a very successful pamphlet called ‚’Drugs: A Deadly Game.’ And you have done something else‚ you are leading the youth of America by example.”

George H.W. Bush
National Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, on August 7, 1989

Childhood obesity

child-obesity_085% of obese adolescents become obese adults.

In an independent study titled “Adolescent Male Obesity: Impact of Participation in the Boy Scouts of America,” research showed that boys involved in Scouting were 11.9% less likely to be at risk of being overweight.

The obesity epidemic costs our nation $117 billion annually in medical expenses. Up to $14 billion of that $117 billion is related to childhood obesity.

Outdoor program

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“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.”

Each Boy Scout recites this oath weekly. And the Boy Scouts are proving that with high adventure activities and physical merit badge requirements, Scouts will be more prepared to keep themselves physically strong.

Merit badges that get Scouts moving include backpacking, cycling, swimming, horsemanship and snow sports, along with 22 other physically demanding merit badges. With childhood obesity on the rise, studies show that we are in danger of raising the first generation of American children who will live sicker and die younger than their parents’ generation.

However, the Boy Scouts of America are taking on the fight against obesity by increasing physical activity by getting kids outdoors.

Our programs

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(First through fifth grade)
• Mentoring
• Substance abuse awareness
• Goal setting
• Family participation
• Team work
• Service to others
(11 to 17 years old)
• Leadership development
• Service to others
• Peer-to-peer mentoring
• Substance abuse awareness
• Positive role models
• Teamwork
• Goal setting
• Career exposure
• Scholarship opportunities
(Co-ed: 14 to 20 years old)
• Leadership development
• Service to others
• Peer-to-peer mentoring
• Substance abuse awareness
• Positive role models
• Teamwork
• Goal setting
• Career exposure
• Scholarship opportunities
Instructional setting
(Co-ed: Pre-K through senior)
• Character development
• Career education
(Co-ed: 14 to 20 years old)
• Career opportunities
• Life skills
• Citizenship
• Character education
• Leadership experience


As you can see, the reoccurring themes of leadership development, service to others, mentoring, substance abuse awareness, positive adult role models, family participation, team work, career planning, goal setting, exposure to careers and scholarship opportunities translate throughout all our programs.

Instead of focusing one program per social problem, our members are exposed to all areas in order to deal with the complexities of today’s society. We believe our youth are inspired to become engaged, responsible and contributing members of the community.

… with purpose and integrity

70_his-safety-youth-protection-bannerBeing entrusted with the lives of young men and women is a responsibility our volunteers do not take lightly. Adequate screening, initial and continued training and unit management are provided to ensure the quality of the program.

The same goes for the responsibility of accepting the generous gifts of donors. We pride ourselves in keeping administrative and fundraising costs minimal while supporting the local packs and troops: 83 cents on every dollar donated goes to direct program support. It is important to understand that administrative costs are essential to improve the capacity for program support.

Each gift designated for a particular program helps improve the Scouting experience for area youth. However, the undesignated unrestrictive gifts provided each day by our fellow neighbors help to continue all programs. It is these gifts that allow us to provide Scouting programs with purpose and integrity.

Boy Scouts of America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your donations are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.