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.
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!
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!