The Value of Scouting in Forney

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The Cherokee district of the Circle Ten council has realized the tremendous current and future growth of Forney, TX and has started a new cub scout pack in Forney as a result. The new pack is numbered 1007 and is sponsored by Fellowship Baptist Church in Forney.

The pack is divided into dens in grades 1 through 5 which meet on average 3 times a month. The dens come together as a pack once a month for a pack meeting to reward and recognize the boys. In addition to the weekly meetings, the pack tries to offer a minimum of 2 extra events each month that give the boys a chance to grow their character and advance.

The value of the time spent cannot be under-estimated. According to various studies:

For boys with 5 or more years in Scouting, 98% will graduate from high school compared to 83% who were never Scouts.
Former Scouts (40%) are also more likely to be college graduates than non- Scouts (16%). 75% of scouts earn B’s or higher compared with 62% of non-scouts.
Among adults who were in the Boy Scouts for 5 or more years, the average annual household income is $80,000 compared with $61,000 for non-scouts.

Additionally, Scouting produces leaders:

89% of senior class presidents were Scouts
88% of school newspaper editors were Scouts
85% of student council presidents were Scouts
80% of junior class presidents were Scouts
71% of football captains were Scouts
64% of basketball captains were Scouts

Scouts also account for:

85% of FBI agents
70% of Annapolis graduates
68% of West Point graduates
64% of Air Force Academy graduates
26 of the first 29 astronauts

The point is, participation in scouting has a long term benefit that extends well beyond the years of active scouting.  Participation in scouting even magnifies the success of participating in other extra-curricular activities.  It is a great investment in the future of our boys to spend time instilling values and moral principles and character they will carry with them for the rest of their life.