The Boy Scouts of America is a fantastic organization working to develop young boys ages 11-17 into physically and mentally fit, strong valued American citizens. In the world we live in today, the importance of Boy Scouts has never been clearer.

“American values and ethics are believed to be in a state of flux,” according to research done by Harris Interactive for the Boy Scouts of America, Youth and Family Research Center. “Today, Americans face a bewildering range of lifestyle options, with complex and unprecedented decisions to make. With corporate ethics being questioned and the media reporting unethical individual acts, one wonders what values are important to Americans today.”

The study found that men who were Scouts in their youth for five or more years were more satisfied with work and family life and placed a greater value on family relationships and lifelong friendships. They earned higher incomes, achieved greater education levels and attended religious services more often than men who were never scouts.

Most men who were Scouts in their youth told the researchers that Scouting has been a positive influence in their lives. They said they gained self-confidence, leadership and social skills and determination as a result of their Scouting experiences.

“Fifty-four percent of men say that they were in a Boy Scout program as a youth, with most having been a Cub Scout or a Boy Scout,” the Harris study said.

“Former Scouts, especially those who were Scouts five or more years, attribute the program with their developing positive character traits such as being a good team player, always being honest, taking better care of the environment, respecting the life and property of others, having pride in their country, respecting the elderly, and having confidence in their abilities.”

The opportunities to try new things, be of service to others and learn self-confidence and ethical standards created a foundation that served them well throughout their lives, former Scouts told the Harris researchers.

“These opportunities not only help them when they are young, but carry forward into their adult lives, improving their relationships, their work lives, their family lives, and the values by which they live,” the study said. “In fact, 83 percent of men who were Scouts agree that the values they learned in Scouting continue to be very important to them today, with 63 percent who were Scouts five or more years strongly agreeing with this statement.”