How Scouting Prepares Youth for Emergencies

How Scouting Prepares Youth for Emergencies

How has the Scout motto, “Be Prepared” helped you? A quick glance at Scouting Newsroom or your local news will tell you Scouts everywhere are living by those two words and using their Scout know-how to take action during some serious emergency situations.

A recent story from Real World Survivor covered just how impactful the lessons learned in Scouting are to its Scouts, especially during an emergency.

Scouting instills lifelong lessons and values in its members that encourage independence, helpfulness, and courage – qualities echoed in the Scout Oath and Scout Law. By developing these skills, Scouts have become instrumental in helping their communities recover during emergencies.

When Disaster Strikes, Scouts Are Prepared

To take “being prepared” a step further, Scouts are offered the opportunity to earn the first-aid merit badge and the Emergency Preparedness Award. Earning the award teaches Scouts to respond first, as an individual; second, as a member of a family; and third, as a member of a Scouting unit serving their community. The award allows all Scouts and Scouters to become informed, be prepared, and act promptly and appropriately in the event of emergencies. Upon completion of the award requirements, Scouts emerge with first-aid knowledge and hands-on experiences that prepare them for the unexpected.    

Real World Survivor pointed to a 2012 Baylor University study finding that Scouts are 124 percent more likely to have a disaster supply kit at home than non-Scouts. What’s more Scouts are also 100 percent more likely to have an emergency plan in place with their family. 

Learn more about how Scouting prepares youth for the unexpected by reading the full story on Real World Survivor and find out how Scouts can earn the Emergency Preparedness AwardHas Scouting prepared you or your child for an emergency situation? Share your story in the comments below!

Hayley Cordaro

Hayley Cordaro is a communications specialist at the Boy Scouts of America. She loves sharing inspiring success stories and uncovering new ways volunteers and employees can make the most of their Scouting experience. If you have story ideas or questions, reach out to us at communications@scouting.org.

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How Scouting Prepares Youth for Emergencies
How Scouting Prepares Youth for Emergencies
How Scouting Prepares Youth for Emergencies
How Scouting Prepares Youth for Emergencies