SCOUT­ING: LEARN­ING BY DO­ING

American Survival Guide - - CREEK STEWART -

Be­com­ing an Ea­gle Scout at the young age of 14, Creek Ste­wart be­gan a jour­ney to be­come a qual­i­fied out­door sur­vival in­struc­tor, as well as a per­son who knows both the beauty and the destruc­tive power of Mother Na­ture. How­ever, can the ba­sics of camp­ing and out­door skills re­ally lead a per­son to achieve the stature of a sea­soned out­doors­man? You bet they can, and here’s how: Scouts are taught to live by a code of con­duct. This code not only gives them a strong foundation dur­ing their time as scouts, they also carry those ben­e­fi­cial traits to adult­hood, thereby en­hanc­ing their lead­er­ship skills in the work­place, as well as be­ing use­ful in their fam­ily life. Aside from build­ing char­ac­ter, crit­i­cal out­door skills are taught, and scouts are tested in or­der to move for­ward in the or­ga­ni­za­tion. Hands-on learn­ing is the core for scouts to de­velop ex­pe­ri­ence, as are the scout lead­ers di­rectly teach­ing them. These skills are then re­tained and com­pounded into what will be­come a long list of achieve­ments in their out­door skills reper­toire. Judg­ing by the ex­am­ple set forth by Creek Ste­wart, him­self, scout­ing is, in­deed, the pre­em­i­nent way to foster self-reliance and learn to thrive in the nat­u­ral world. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.scout­ing.org.

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