SCOUTING: LEARNING BY DOING
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.