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Why is Training essential to the Scouting program?

If you had a magic wand, would you use it to make the Scouting program better and more fun for youth so they stayed in Scouting longer, so it had a larger impact on their lives? What if the same magic wand made leadership roles easier, more rewarding, and led to better retention among adult leaders? Would using that magic wand be a top priority?

Well, such a magic wand does exist—in the form of the learning programs for leaders and youth in the Boy Scouts of America.

Common sense tells us that training is important, and research shows the importance of trained leaders. A trained leader is knowledgeable and more confident in the role being performed. Trained leaders exhibit a knowledge and confidence that is picked up by people around them. Trained leaders impact the quality of programs, leader tenure, youth tenure, safety, and a whole lot more. A trained leader is better prepared to make the Scouting program all it can be! This also goes for our youth!  Whether a Den Chief, a Patrol Leader or Crew Guide, our training for Scouts helps us to further our values, mission and vision in developing our future leaders.

Check out our many “magic wands” and resources using the links above. Find training for you and your Scouts and Scout them out!

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