Teens gain confidence and break isolation with local Scouting programs | Building a Business in Indiana


In a time when human interaction is more online than ever, hundreds of teens in northern Indiana and southern Michigan are finding new ways to build camaraderie and trust through scouting programs. The Boy Scouts of America LaSalle Council reports that young people between the ages of 11 and 17 show signs of surpassing their non-Scouting peers during some of the most formative years of their lives.

“For our teenage Scouts, we are seeing signs of stronger character and leadership development than we expected as an average for their age,” said LaSalle Council CEO John M. Cary. “There is no doubt that young people have missed out on important connections in recent years – connections that can only be developed through shared experiences with people their own age. For boys and girls across our Council territory, we see young people growing up before our eyes as they learn together, have fun together and build lasting relationships with their friends.

Indeed, Scouts themselves describe a range of positive results from their participation. For example, 74% say Scouting has improved their ability to work with others and 84% say Scouting has helped them become stronger team players.

In the LaSalle Council area, activities and programs can be tailored to a youth’s interests. This helps boost engagement among Scouts and leads to greater opportunities to learn new skills, increase self-confidence and even potentially serve as inspiration for a future career.

For parents, one of the added benefits of having a teen enrolled in Scouting is that participation won’t disrupt a family’s busy schedule. The activities are local, fun and safe outdoor experiences that are great ways for young people to get more involved, be more active and form lifelong friendships. The programs are organized by age group and are available for boys and girls.

Those wishing to enroll in a local Scouting program are encouraged to visit https://beascout.scouting.org/. At this link, local chapters can be viewed by zip code and the application process can be easily completed. Registration can also be done through the organisation’s SMS platform by sending an SMS to 833-268-5758 with access code REJOIN.

The BSA LaSalle Council serves areas of northern Indiana and southern Michigan, including Porter, La Porte, St. Joseph, Starke, Marshall, and Elkhart counties in Indiana, and Berrien and Cass counties in Michigan.

Derrick A. Anderson