Scouting provides youth with an opportunity to try new things, provide service to others, build self-confidence, and reinforce ethical standards. These opportunities not only help them when they are young, but carry forward into their adult lives. The skills they learn in Scouting help them overcome obstacles and challenges with courage and character throughout their lives.
Scouting Builds Positive Character
Current and former Scouts have always felt that Scouting has made a difference in their lives, and now a study done by Tufts University has found that Scouting does in fact have measurable, positive impact in the character development of young people.
"After three years, Scouts reported significant increases in cheerfulness, helpfulness, kindness, obedience, trustworthiness, and hopeful future exception," said Dr. Richard M. Lerner, who led the study at Tufts University. "In our control group of non-Scouts, there were no significant increases, and in some cases (e.g., religious reverence) there was an observed decrease, which was quite striking."
More information about the Tufts University study can be found here. You can also download a copy of the Northern Lights Council's Parent Orientation Guide that explains more about the Cub Scout programs here locally.
Does Scouting Work?
Cub Scouting for boys and girls in grades K - 5
The Cub Scouting program is uniquely designed to meet the needs of young boys & girls and their parents, through offering fun and challenging experiences that youth and parents do together.
Scouts BSA for boys and girls ages 11-17
In the Scouts BSA program, youth learn through the experiences of camping, hiking, building projects, and community service. Scouting fosters self-esteem, a sense of value and belonging, a sense of accountability, and teamwork.
The program builds youth mentally, physically, socially, and spiritually. The skills they learn in Scouting help them overcome obstacles and challenges with courage and character throughout their lives.
Give your child a valuable gift by encouraging him/her to join Scouts BSA today. The time you invest in your children today will make a difference in the person they become tomorrow.
Scouting is provided locally in neighborhoods across the country through churches, community organizations, or other groups of interested citizens. Please visit BeaScout.org to find Scouting near you.
Venturing for young men and women ages 14-20
The Venturing program is unique because it utilizes extreme outdoor adventure as the method for building character, peer-to-peer bonds, and independence.
Whether your teen is preparing for high school or getting ready for college, the program is flexible enough to meet his/her needs. Venturing is time well spent for your youth.
Venturing is provided locally in neighborhoods across the country through churches, community organizations, or other groups of interested citizens. Please visit BeaScout.org to find Scouting near you.
Exploring for young men and women ages 14-20
Exploring provides exciting activities and one-on-one mentorship for youth looking to discover their future. Whether you’re a local organization looking to strengthen the community or a young person wanting to uncover the possibilities of your future, Exploring is a great place to start.
In our area, there are Exploring Posts that focus on these career fields:
For more information about joining one of our existing Exploring programs, or for starting a program focusing on other careers fields, contact us at (701) 293-5011.
Attend a Sign Up Meeting
In late August or early September, most units will conduct a Fall Sign Up meeting. The sign up meetings are a great way for you to meet the leaders of Cub Scout Packs and Scouts BSA Troops serving your area and to learn about what Scouting can offer. Scout units typically host recruitment events at your local school, church, or civic center in the fall and in the spring.
Join any time of the year
Click below on the town closest to where you live and let us know how to reach you - one of our staff members will contact you with information on how to join in your area.