SPRINGFIELD — The Tecumseh Council, Boy Scouts of America, is inviting every boy in grades 1-5 to join a Cub Scout Pack in their community. The annual “School Night to Join Scouting” campaign began this August and continues thru the fall. Each boy that signs up will receive $25 in free activities at Young’s Dairy in Yellow Springs and a chance to earn a free pinewood derby car.
The Tecumseh Council covers Greene, Clark, Champaign, Logan and Clinton counties. Local volunteer Cub Scout leaders attended most school open houses to answer questions and help boys join Scouting. Those who missed the Scouting volunteers at the open house can also join by attending the local Cub Scout Pack’s School Night to Join Scouting this fall. Flyers announcing the date, time, and locations will be sent to each school or watch for signs around town.
Missing both of these opportunities does not mean that a boy cannot join Scouting; boys can join at any time. The Boy Scouts of America is largest youth-development program in the nation. There are more than 2.2 million registered youth members in the B.S.A., and more than 3,800 in the Tecumseh Council.
Ninety-five percent of parents whose sons are Cub Scouts believe Scouting develops character, and teaches moral and ethical values, according to an independent study. Louis Harris & Associates, an international research firm, recently published, “A Year in the Life of a Cub Scout … Boy Scout … Venturer.” The survey identified specific benefits gained from the Scouting program. Some key findings from the Harris study include:
- 89 percent of parents said Cub Scouting encouraged their son to stay away from drugs.
- 75 percent of parents said Cub Scouting encourages reading with their sons.
- More than 95 percent of parents said Cub Scouting teaches their son respect for the feelings of others, how to get along with others, and social skills dealing with how to treat others.
Boy Scouts who were surveyed strongly suggested that the organization’s core values of leadership, teamwork, personal integrity, and patriotism are conveyed in the program. A strong majority (74 percent) of Boy Scouts agreed that “Scouting helps me tell the difference between right and wrong.”
For more information boys and parents or guardians can contact their local Cub Scout pack about registration information, call the Tecumseh Council at 937-325-6449 or visit their web site at www.tecumsehcouncilbsa.org.