60 Minutes Features Scouting-Inspired Preparatory School

60 Minutes Features Scouting-Inspired Preparatory School

One of the many great things about the Scouting program is its hands-on approach to leadership development. Time and time again, BSA’s youth members demonstrate an ability to rise to the occasion and put their leadership skills to good use.

According to a recent 60 Minutes episode, the St. Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark, N.J., has taken notice of these crucial skills gained through Scouting. Journalist Scott Pelley tells the story of the prep school and how headmaster Edwin Leahy has built St. Benedict’s learning structure around Scouting values.

St. Benedict student Devionne J. and 60 Minutes journalist Scott Pelley discuss the school’s student-leadership model. (Photo credit: CBS News)

Student Devionne J. and journalist Scott Pelley discuss student-based leadership at St. Benedict’s Preparatory School. (Photo credit: CBS News)

In the episode, Pelley shows us that students are organized into groups similar to the Scouting model. School activities are even planned by students who serve as youth leaders.

Bryan on Scouting outlines the episode for us in a new blog post, explaining how the Boy Scout Handbook inspired the headmaster to create a learning environment that encourages students to “lead themselves.”

Over time, the Scout-modeled school has proven to be successful with the dropout rate being 15 times lower than schools in the surrounding city!

Leadership development isn’t the only thing at St. Benedict’s inspired by Scouting. Be sure to read Bryan on Scouting’s blog post to learn about the school’s annual 55-mile Appalachian hike. 

Check out the full story by 60 Minutes on CBSNews.com to see what the students have to say about their unique school.

How do you use leadership skills to help others? Whether you’re a Scout or Scout leader, we want to hear from you, so share your story in the comments below!

Rochelle Randles

Rochelle Randles is a communications specialist at the Boy Scouts of America. She enjoys sharing incredible adventure stories within the Scouting community and beyond. If you have story ideas or questions, reach out to us at communications@scouting.org.

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60 Minutes Features Scouting-Inspired Preparatory School
60 Minutes Features Scouting-Inspired Preparatory School
60 Minutes Features Scouting-Inspired Preparatory School
60 Minutes Features Scouting-Inspired Preparatory School