By Michael Roberts | posted on August 14, 2020
NEW research has found scouting helps young kids become better leaders and teaches them how to cope with difficult situations.
The report, carried out by Resilient Youth Australia, discovered scouts had higher levels of resilience than their peers and overall better life satisfaction.
A survey benchmarked the responses of more than 1,000 young people aged 8-18 who attend Scouts with those who do not.
From being able to find ways to solve a problem to being more likely to forgive themselves if they make a mistake, the study found scouts demonstrated a wide range of resilient behaviours.
Scouts were also more likely to get along with people who are different to them, give time to help others and hold more hope for a positive future.
Albany Scout Group Leader Tiffany West said she wasn’t surprised at all by the results.
“I know their problem solving skills and their ability to resolve conflict are second to none,” she said.
“They get to make their own choices and resolve their own conflicts. That’s a skill I find a lot of kids often lose when we are wrapping them in cotton wool and solving all their problems for them. It builds resilience.”
Ms West said scouting was a great way for kids to get outdoors and stay connected with the community if they were not into weekend sports.
“Sometimes these kids have trouble building friendships and this is a safe place for them,” she said.
“There’s no judgement here. You can like your sport or not like your sport.
“We have members with anxiety and we find being outdoors and going camping is fantastic for that.”
Albany Scouts moved its activities online during COVID-19 restrictions but have recently recommenced meetings at the Albany Scout Hall in Centennial Park.