HOW SCOUTINGBuilds Future Leaders


The essence of scouting, regardless of geographic origin boils down to constant preparation, leadership and adaptation. These help create a great environment for the training and cultivation of great future leaders.



Constant Preparation

Boy scouts and girl scouts are always prepared. They know that there are all sorts of things that can go wrong. They understand the world can be an unsafe and unstable place. Accordingly, they have the skills, as well as prepared equipment and resources, to ensure that regardless of what life throws our way, they would be able to handle contingencies as they arise.
This requires planning skills. You have to prioritize between challenges that are most likely to occur and threats that are very remote. Accordingly, scouts know which resources to get as well as having a backup, should immediate resources become unavailable.
As part of their commitment to being constantly prepared, scouts also learn very important assessment skills. They know how to size up a situation, they know how to figure out what their options are as far as realistic responses.
They always seek to take decisions that have a higher chance of producing a positive result. This basic decision-making skill is crucial to a larger set of leadership skills.



Specific Leadership Skills

Scouting helps build kids up to become better leaders in the future through specific leadership training. At its most basic, this training teaches kids how to carry out plans. They start with ideas and they break down those ideas into actual plans that they can take action on. The more they implement those plans, the more their initial ideas become reality.

Scouting also teaches future leaders the importance of coordinating. They get a clear understanding of how coordination can help them achieve more with their plans. They also learn how to get along with other personalities, as well as to manage unavoidable conflicts.

Also, scouting organizations teach young people the importance of getting feedback and coordinating out of consensus. This ensures that everybody in the team has equally bought into the goals of the team. This increases the likelihood that the team, as a whole, will successfully achieve their objectives, whatever they may be.



Dealing with Rough Realities

The scouting experience often involves camping and enjoying the great outdoors. As anybody who has ever camped would know, you have to be prepared. The weather can change dramatically and quickly. Scouts understand this. This is why they are trained to overcome whatever adversity they encounter. They are trained to understand the importance of perseverance. Accordingly, their ability to bounce back after a setback is quite great.

The skills above help scouts become future leaders. They not only get to know the importance of anticipating future problems, but they also learn how to come up with plans and coordinate with team members to ensure that the team, as a whole, comes out ahead. It’s not a surprise that many of today’s great leaders come from some sort of scouting background.