An unfortunate fact of our current society is that we spend less and less quality time with the people who are the most important to us—our children. Increasing divorce rates and dual-worker families mean fewer children receive full-time parental supervision. They have fewer positive role models in their lives. In fact, studies show that as our media choices have increased since the early 1980s, our time spent together as families has steadily decreased.
Since the inception of the Boy Scouts of America in 1910, one of our main objectives has been to provide strong role models for youth during their formative years. In years gone by, these people were called neighbors, teachers, and community and religious leaders, as well as Scoutmasters. Today, we call them mentors.
No matter the name or title, what our youth need are caring adults who are strong role models. Each year, more than a million adults dedicate themselves to the betterment of our nation’s youth by volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America in Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, and Venturing.
However, adults are not the only mentors. Earlier this century, the BSA pioneered the concept of peer-to-peer mentoring, or letting youth lead other youth. When older boys lead and plan activities and campouts, younger Scouts learn from their example. Today, that same concept of peer-to-peer mentoring is being used in our nation’s schools, as well as Scouting activities.
Too many wrong choices are available for our nation’s youth. They desperately need, and want, our guidance to successfully navigate the difficult years of adolescence. Being involved in Scouting and mentoring has a powerful impact in the lives of youth. The bottom line is mentoring improves decision-making, builds confidence, and teaches life lessons. And that is what Scouting has always been about—preparing America’s youth for the future.
I would like to thank the volunteers in the Buckskin Council for your mentoring of our future leaders.
Good Scouting to you and yours,
Jeffrey L. Purdy
Volunteers are the heart of scouting, and in the Buckskin
Council we have a group who quietly serve you by making
sure the newsletters and other key communications are prepared, labeled and mailed. We always look forward to seeing these volunteers in the council office, and we think it is important to let our leaders know who these folks are so you can thank them when you see them!
The person who leads the charge is Bonnie Starling!
The Courier March helpers were, Art Altman, Phil Gaarenstrom, Jack Robertson, Carleton Starr and Grace Tolbert.
The Newsletter is folded on the last Tuesday of each
month, between August and May, starting around 8:30 and
ending around noon.
If you would like to join this great
group of people, call the Scout Service Center at 304-340-
3663 and let us know. We would greatly appreciate your help.