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The Essential Volunteer How the quality program experiences live on in Scouting.

A FEW MONTHS AGO, George Coutre, chairman of the Medicine Lodge District of the Illowa Council in Davenport, Iowa, wrote a letter to the editor of his local newspaper. Coutre’s letter, titled “Boy Scouts instills values that last a lifetime,” got me thinking about how important and significant you, our volunteer leaders, are in providing quality Scouting experiences in the lives of young people. Included were words that I found particularly inspiring: “When my

son joined Scouts, he literally interrogated me about my days in Boy Scouts. As I reflected on those fond memories, I realized the sacrifice and dedication my leaders had made for me, and that I, too, needed to be involved. My son earned his Eagle rank in 2005, and I realized I had made the right decision to be part of Scouting as an adult.” To be sure, BSA staff members play a critical role

in delivering the Scouting experience. But I know they would agree that volunteers are its lifeblood. Your work with, and on behalf of, young people sustains and brings to life a quality program experience. Even more, your dedication—and, at times, sacrifices—as vol- unteers delivers the type of Scouting experience that results in America’s young people discovering what it means to be: Prepared. For Life. Like you, I’ve witnessed life-changing experiences

through Scouting. An autistic Eagle Scout in Utah, who refused to let that disability define his life, is a recent example. His mom credits Scouting for giving her son the confidence and direction to live a full life—he’s in the high school band, went to prom, drives his own car, and earned every possible merit badge without making use of the allowances available to him. Life-changing differences for sure, because of front-line volunteers just like you. Stories like this exist in every community across the country. My gratitude to you, and admiration for you, is

endless. The work you do: priceless! I encourage you to take advantage of every local and national

program resource available to help you continue delivering the quality Scouting experiences that result in such differences. This magic in the lives of young people happens from volunteers and staff working in partnership for the benefit of young people. It is a high privilege, indeed, to be working shoulder to shoulder with you.

Scoutîng VOL. 100, NO. 1 ● JAN-FEB 2012 J. Warren Young Publisher

J. D. Owen Editor in Chief Magazine Division

John R. Clark Managing Editor Bryan Wendell Senior Editor

Gretchen Sparling Associate Editor Scott Feaster Design Director

Elizabeth Hardaway Morgan Senior Art Director

John R. Fulton Jr. Photographs Edna J. Lemons Photo Editor Bryan Wursten Online Editor

Linda Lawrence Assistant to the Managing Editor

Bob Wiemers Operations Director

Lenore Bonno Print Production Control Specialist

Lisa Hott Advertising Production Manager

Marcie Rodriguez Imaging Artist John W. Ingram Circulation Director

Judy Bramlett Customer Relations Manager

Eugene Handon Traffic Manager Brian Cabanban Business Manager Jillian Foley Marketing Specialist

Michael Antonio Advertising Sales Assistant

Special Contributors

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SCOUTING MAGAZINE (ISSN 0036-9500) is published five times a year by the Boy Scouts of America, P.O. Box 152079, Irving, TX 75015-2079. Issues are January-February, March-April, May-June, September-October, November-December.

Copyright © 2012 by the Boy Scouts of America. All rights thereunder reserved; anything appearing in Scouting may not be reprinted either wholly or in part without written permission. Send stamped, self- addressed envelope with unsolicited manuscripts, photos, illustrations. Scouting will not be responsible for manuscripts, photos, illustrations in its office or in transit. Postmaster: Send address change to Scouting magazine, P.O. Box 152401, Irving, TX 75015-2401.



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