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Boy Scouts of America: Youth Unprepared for Ethics

Tuesday, 24 May 2005 12:00 AM

-- Half of youth cheated on homework or a test in the past 12 months with 16 percent saying they have cheated five or more times.

-- The use of alcohol is prevalent among youth. One quarter drank a full glass of alcohol or can of beer in the past 12 months with 14 percent saying they have had an alcoholic beverage five times of more in the past year.

-- Nearly a quarter of youth took part in a group fight and 10 percent say they hurt someone badly enough to need bandages or a doctor.

-- Youth are experimenting with drugs. Sixteen percent say they smoked marijuana in the past year and eight percent indicate they have done so five or more times.

-- The incidence of violent or delinquent behaviors increases as youth move into their teenage years.

-- Boys are more likely than girls to engage in violent or delinquent behaviors.

The study also shows that Scouting continues to make a positive impact in the lives of youth. The Values of Americans Study reinforces the difference that Scouting can make, including:

-- Scouts show higher self-confidence, leadership skills, and a greater interest in helping others than youth who are not Scouts.

-- More than 80-percent of former Scouts report that Scouting has taught them to be a good team player, to always be honest, to take better care of the environment, and to respect the life and property of others.

-- Men who were Scouts five or more years are more likely than those who have never been Scouts to graduate from high school (91 percent versus 87 percent) and graduate from college (35 percent versus 19 percent).

-- Two-thirds of former Scouts report there have been real life situation where having been a Scout helped them to be a better leader (83 percent for former Scouts who were in the program five or more years).

"While many of the issues youth face have changed in the past ten years, Scouting continues to provide youth with the skills they need to face an evolving society," said Roy Williams, Chief Scout Executive, BSA. "For 95 years Scouting has provided interesting and challenging programs that teach character and leadership to America's youth."

(U.S. Newswire)

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