Scouts offer training for lives of service

Posted: Monday, August 18, 2003

The Boy Scouts of America are looking for a few good young men.

As a new school year app-roaches, so does another opportunity for youth to join the 94-year-old scouting organization.

The Boy Scouts is a youth service organization that prides itself on qualified adult leadership helping to teach boys the principles of leadership, according to Rick Wride, the senior district executive for the Tustumena Scouting Service District.

"We believe leaders aren't born, they are taught and led to an understanding of what duty is," Wride said.

Scouting programs aim to teach boys education, leadership development, citizenship training, value-based application to many situations, adult associations, personal growth, advancement, patrol methods, outdoor education and survival skills, according to Wride.

Other major principles include goal-setting, trustworthiness, loyalty, courtesy, bravery and helpfulness.

A hierarchy in the scouting method teaches children to build self-esteem and discipline as they move from being a scout to a tenderfoot scout all the way up through an eagle scout.

"As a scout grows up into adulthood, his character is being molded and tested all along the way. He has developed into being a very good leader and a person who knows what it takes to be on a winning team," Wride said.

"Scouting ideals and principles teach a greater way of life and the finding of a fulfilling purpose in life."

For more information on local scouting opportunities, leave a message for Wride at 283-1699.



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