Build a better future for yourself and your community's youth by becoming a Scout Volunteer
The Boy Scouts of America relies on volunteers to provide leadership and support to Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops and Venturing crews. Scouting volunteers come to Scouting from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Plumbers, lawyers, housewives, teachers, doctors, janitors and scientist-people from just about every occupation imaginable-are involved in leading youth to become responsible, caring and competent citizens, They also quickly discover that Scout volunteering enable them to learn new skills and build lifelong friendships while having fun.
You benefit too
Whether you wish to volunteer your time with elementary school age boys or middle and high school age youth, the Boy Scouts of America has a volunteer opportunity that is right for you. In addition to the reward of working with youth through volunteering for Scouts you will
- Develop a greater level of pride in your community,
- Have the opportunity to demonstrate moral and ethical decisions,
- Build a closer bond with your children and other children in the community,
- Become a better role model image for youth in your community,
- Develop a more personal relationship with God.
Volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America enables you to work with youth to build a better future for everyone!
Values of Scouts - A Study of Ethics and Character
To study the Harris Foundation report, click here. This is a great report that documents the worth of Scouting and clearly illustrates it's benefits.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: If I don't know much about camping and the outdoors, how can I be a good Scout leader?
A: Being a good Scout leader requires more than knowing how to camp. However, the Scouting program does provide outdoor training classes for leaders with beginning, intermediate and advanced outdoor skills.
Q: My family is very busy; how would I have time to be an effective leader?
A: You will not have to carry the responsibilities alone. Other leaders and parents in your until will lend a hand by using their skills to teach the youth or assist with special projects, enabling you to be an effective leaders and parent.
Q: Can women be Boy Scout leaders?
A; Yes, every leadership position is open to women. In fact, more than one third of Scout volunteers are women.
Q: Is training available?
A: There are a variety of training sessions available, specific to leadership positions you hold. For an example, new leader training is available immediately to enable you to run your first meeting successfully. More in depth training is provided throughout the year and monthly Roundtable meetings enable you and other leaders to share ideas on how to organize fun and exciting activities for youth.
Q: How do I know what activities are age appropriate for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venture's?
A: Scout handbooks list a variety of advancement activities appropriate for youth in each program. You can also find other books at your local Scout shop both ideas to make your meetings and events more interesting.
Q: How do I know what to do with the scouts?
A: There are numerous guides available to assist you. The Cub Scout Program Helps book, the leaders and advisors guides for Boy Scouts and Ventures and other great resources are available through the local Scout shop and online that provide ideas and activities.
Volunteering by the Numbers
More than 1.2 million adult volunteers contribute their time and skills to the development of youth through the Boy Scouts of America.
Ninety-six percent of Scout volunteers would strongly encourage family friends and coworkers to volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America.
1544 adults volunteered their time in 2006 to serve the 176 Units and 4448 youth of the Cimarron Council
Volunteer believe their time invested in the Boy Scouts of America help them to be:
- A better citizen,
- A better parent,
- A better manager,
- A better employee,
- More patient and tolerant of others,
- More open to new ideas and opinions.
I am ready to volunteer
Are you ready to be a Scouting volunteer? Contact the Cimarron Council today to get in touch with the numerous opportunities available on the Council, District and local level. We are here to help you get started on your rewarding experience.