For over 100 years, Scouting programs, like those of Three Fires Council, have instilled in youth the values found in the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Today, these values are just as relevant in helping youth grow to their full potential as they were in 1910. Scouting helps youth develop academic skills, self-confidence, ethics, leadership skills, and citizenship skills that influence their adult lives. The Boy Scouts of America provides youth with programs and activities that allow them to:
- Try new things
- Provide service to others
- Build self-confidence
- Reinforce ethical standards
While various activities and youth groups teach basic skills and promote teamwork, Scouting goes beyond that and encourages youth to achieve a deeper appreciation for service to others in their community. Scouting provides youth with a sense that they are important as individuals. It is communicated to them that those in the Scouting family care about what happens to them, regardless of whether a game is won or lost. Most importantly, Scouting promotes activities that lead to personal responsibility and high self-esteem. As a result, when hard decisions have to be made, peer pressure can be resisted and the right choices can be made.
Three Fires Council provides four main areas of programming:
- Cub scouting for boys and girls in grades K – 5. This program recently expanded to include girls. Learn more about Family Scouting in Three Fires Council here.
- Boy Scouting for those in grades 6 – 12. This program will start accepting girls in February, 2019
- Venturing. A co-ed program designed for 14 – 21 year olds
- Exploring. A co-ed program for 14 – 20 year olds
For more information about Boy Scouts of America and the Three Fires Council, visit their website.
Clint Scharf, Scout Executive/CEO
Anna Tuohy, Council Board Member & Scout Parent