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Sequoyah Council BSA recognized for fall campaign

Submitted by Greg W. Leitch • Oct 17, 2019 at 10:06 AM

The Boy Scouts of America recently recognized the Sequoyah Council for its successful fall “Join Scouting Night” campaign, which resulted in more than 1,100 new families joining local Scouting programs.

The recognition congratulated local volunteers and staff for their efforts to welcome nearly 20 percent more families to Scouting than in past campaigns.

This increase is significant in the character development of youth in our area. A 2015 Tufts University study compared Cub Scouts to non-Scouts and found that Cub Scouts embrace positive social values more than other children. Cub Scouts who attend meetings regularly are more likely to show higher character attributes, and the longer the kids stays in the BSA program the more pronounced those character attributes become. Also, kids in the Cub Scouts show significant increases in hopefulness, helpfulness, obedience, cheerfulness, kindness and trustworthiness.

A 2012 Baylor University study of Scouting showed that adults who participated in Scouting, especially those who achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, are much more likely to volunteer their time with a church, vote, hold leadership positions in their community, have greater integrity and exhibit a strong work ethic.

The Sequoyah Councils’ “Join Scouting Night” campaign is structured to inform families of the adventure of Scouting programs and connect them with programs in their local communities. Special emphasis is placed on removing financial barriers for at-risk youth so that all children can benefit from participation in Scouting.

Brenda Good, vice president of membership for Sequoyah Council, expressed her sincere thanks to the hundreds of volunteer leaders who contributed their time to making the recruitment drive such a success this year.

Any families who missed their local joining events are encouraged to contact the Sequoyah Council at (423) 952-6961 or visit BeAScout.org.

The Sequoyah Council is a United Way partner agency delivering character education programs and outdoor experiences to more than 4,000 families throughout Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.