Learning by doing is a hallmark of outdoor education. Unit meetings offer information and knowledge used on outdoor adventures. A leader may describe and demonstrate a Scouting skill at a meeting, but the way Scouts truly learn an outdoor skill is to do it themselves on a unit outing.
The safety of your child while involved in any Scouting activity is the unit leader’s number one priority. For this reason, the BSA has created safety policies and procedures, and established age-appropriate guidelines for all Scouting activities.
All potential adult leaders must be approved and also go through a background check. Find our more at: http://www.scouting.org/Training/YouthProtection.aspx
Scouting also provides a guide to Safe Scouting with specific details and regulations. Find our more at: http://www.scouting.org/sitecore/content/Home/HealthandSafety.aspx
A 2005 study by Harris Interactive found that 83 percent of men who were Scouts in their youth agree that the values they learned in Scouting continue to be very important to them today. Eighty-seven percent of men who remained in Scouting five or more years attribute some of their self-confidence in their work to their Scouting experience. Half of the group say Scouting had a positive effect on their career development and advancement, and 83 percent say there have been real-life situations where having been a Scout helped them be a better leader.