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Scouting Builds Skills/Self-Esteem/Future Leaders Through Advancement and Recognition

The Boy Scouts of America has for over 100 years been the premier program for youth that not only provide group experiences that help youth grow into the citizens of tomorrow, but the skills needed to be successful -- both practical skills and personal skills in a framework of ethical decision making.

Since 1910, the Boy Scouts of America has utilized Rank Advancement and BSA Awards and Recognitions to promote personal development.  This system, combined with the Scouting uniform, has made Scouting a distinctively successful program.

Note that BSA advancement and recognition is achievable by all youth, without regard to ethnic background, family income, or spiritual belief system.  Each youth member handbook describes recognitions that can be earned by personal merit -- not be competing against other members or other groups.  It is said that "every boy can be an Eagle Scout", but our highest Scout recognition is not given -- it is earned.

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