Boy Scouts of America

February 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

An accomplished Dentist and graduate of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, Dr. Justin Hillock served as a Member of Boy Scouts of America. Founded in 1910 as part of the international scout movement, Boy Scouts of America initially set out to teach young boys how to become constructive members of society. Since its inception, Boy Scouts of America has counted more than 110 million Americans among its membership.

According to the mission statement, the Boy Scouts of America seeks to educate young people in character development, self-reliance, and responsible citizenship by organizing a wide variety of outdoor activities and educational programming. For older members, Boy Scouts of America partners with a number of community organizations to provide career guidance and mentoring services. Younger members of Boy Scouts of America can participate in several outdoor activities to build values of good citizenship, trust, and other skills.

During the early years, Boy Scouts of America sought to instill values of patriotism and individualism in young men drawn to big cities during the progressive movement. Alongside organizations such as the YMCA, Boy Scouts of America placed an emphasis on social welfare and religious, mental, physical, and social development. The early Boy Scouts of America also drew upon membership from the Woodcraft Indians and the Sons of Daniel Boone, two similar organizations that later merged with Boy Scouts of America.

Membership in Boy Scouts of America generally falls into three categories according to age. Cub Scouting, designed for boys between first and fifth grade, seeks to instill values of character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness. Boys between the ages of 10.5 and 18 can participate in Boy Scouting, which draws upon camping, aquatics, and camping to develop good character and citizenship. Venturing, available to men and women between the ages of 13 and 21, consists of a wide variety of tangential programs such as Sea Scouts and Air Explorers. Through the Venturing Program, young men and women learn values, which can help them become mature, responsible adults.


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