The benefits of Scouting for your child and your
There is no doubt that parents value what Scouting does for
their children. Parents say Scouting gives their children more
confidence, responsibility, a broader set of friends, a chance to
pursue things they might not get to do otherwise, adventure and an
'They have fun and learn discipline too. It's a good
combination.' 'It's not just factual; they learn social skills and
about interacting. They have to remember things to bring the
following week so they have to take a bit of responsibility for
their own stuff!'
Many parents feel that their child attending Scouts gives them
another reason to be proud of their achievements. One parent
'I don't normally let Thomas carry dinner plates through -
he can be clumsy…but when he cooked me a meal from scratch, I was
Another said: 'I think I probably wouldn't let Ella do
as much as she does, but when I see her at Cubs, doing things for
herself and her friends, I'm so impressed. It helps you step back
and let them get on with it. '
Other comments include: 'Scouting helps parents
prepare their kids for life' and 'it helps
parents let go of their children.' Gains to children were
seen to be both immediate and long-term and all agreed that
Scouting had made family life easier and they were 'nicer children
to live with.'