The online magazine Pacific Standard published a story of mine that details some of the research conducted by the Scouts with the hope that the organization can better meet the needs of today’s youth. I discovered that a Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful — and the subject of much research after a hundred years in existence.
Check out: New Studies Help Boy Scouts Be Prepared
Thanks to the Boy Scouts, I was introduced to hiking and the wonders of nature, gained outdoors skills and leadership ability, and was mentored by some wonderful men who helped me grow from boy to young man, from Tenderfoot to Eagle Scout.
I can also thank the Scouts for launching me on my unusual career path.
But in my view too few boys these days join the Scouts. The number of boys joining is down even though the benefits of scouting are needed more and more these days what with rampant “Nature Deficit Disorder” and a precipitous decline in outdoors skills.