Continued Support of CIT and SPL Program
Boy Scouts of America, Lake Erie Council
For nearly 110 years, the mission of the Boy Scouts of America has been to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law through the following core principles: strengthen family relationships; foster self-esteem through personal achievement; teach healthy living skills; and develop a sense of personal and community responsibility. The Scout Oath: On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight. The Scout Law: A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean and Reverent. Since its origin in 1910, Scouting programs have been an educational experience concerned with values. The first activities for Scouts were designed to build character, physical fitness, practical skills and service. Today, Scouting’s youth development, educational, and character initiatives strive to instill and facilitate in young people, outlooks which value citizenship and respect for civil society; individual responsibility; strong moral character; and honor and respect for the family. Today, the Boy Scouts of America serves just under 14 percent of all boys nationwide; and, the Lake Erie Council directly serves just over 14,000 youth with the support of over 5,100 adult volunteers, in greater Ashtabula, Lake, Geauga, Cuyahoga, Lorain, Huron, and Erie counties in Ohio. The purpose of this request is to seek your continued support of our Counselor in Training (CIT) and Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) programs which were implemented four (4) years ago with the intent to 1) identify and create a pipeline of future summer camp staff members who embrace the ideals, purpose, and value of the summer camp experience, 2) provide opportunities to apply and perfect leadership skills and methods, and 3) through the CIT program, provide an opportunity for a Scout to earn his way to camp at no charge to him. Longer term, the goals of the program are to significantly improve the quality of the summer camp experience by having staff members who are, or have come through, the Scouting program and therefore understand and appreciate its methods, objectives, and ideals as opposed to hiring summer camp staff personnel with no Scouting background or experience. Why is this important? In Scouting, the outdoor camping experience is vital. It serves as the laboratory where all of the teaching, training and preparation comes to fruition, and is realized. The purpose of Scout camping is not to teach boys to be expert outdoorsman, but rather, to build character through the development of good values, leadership, citizenship and fitness. In the process of learning outdoor skills, boys gain self-esteem. In the process of living within a boy-led patrol, they learn leadership, responsibility, flexibility, compromise and conflict resolution. In working on merit badges at camp, they learn to set goals, to manage their time, to enjoy learning and the satisfaction of accomplishment. Within the confines of the camp experience, boys live, eat, sleep, work and play within peer groups, doing positive activities while taking on responsibility: If their tent blows down at 2:00 a.m. on a rainy night, they have to get up and put it up again. They gain in self-esteem, learn by experience, and they grow. Harris Interactive was commissioned to study the values that the Scout camping experience had on young people. The study found that the camping experience delivered through the Scouting programs helps to instill/develop: strong personal values and character; positive self-worth; positive sense of self; caring and nurturing relationships; a desire to learn; productive time utilization; and social adeptness.
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