Developing Peer Leaders: Make a Ripple

The Boy Scouts of America is undoubtedly an organization of opportunity for both youth and adults – and when it boils down to it – everything we do, everything we believe in, is engineered to develop leaders for the future. Our program has been focused on this single goal since our conception over 105 years ago – and in the most unbiased opinion – the BSA is the premier leadership development program for the youth of our nation. But, we didn’t get this good at it overnight – as the common saying goes “it takes a village to raise a child” and that certainly applies to the Boy Scouts of America. So, here’s the key to how it all happens…

Every day, thousands of volunteers dedicate their time and energy to an idea. The idea that one day, every youth in their pack, troop, or crew will have the ability to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes because of the values instilled in them through the Scout Oath and Law. With changing times it’s important to constantly adapt to the youth of today, however, the values are and will always be at the core of our organization.

The key to it all is revealed in the 12 points of the scout law and the 3 points of the scout oath. The fifteen are the guiding principles for everything we do as an organization. And this key can truly unlock the door to any opportunity.

Every leader needs to be “Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent” and understand the importance of their duty to self, duty to country, and duty to God and to always remember to do a good turn daily. As long as we stick to the fifteen and let them guide us through all we do as mentors, guides, and leaders then it creates an unstoppable ripple effect.

Think of it this way – if every single day, every Scout, adult leader, or parent involved in this 2.5 million-member organization truly lived the fifteen, it would inspire others to the same. And, before you know it, we’ve made an impact worldwide and have brought Scouting and it’s values to all corners of the earth. With that, I challenge you – how will you make a ripple today?