Scouting was put to the test over the course of three years, when a research team from Tufts University worked with the Boy Scouts of America’s Cradle of Liberty Council to measure the character attributes of both Scouts and non-Scouts — all with a goal of better understanding the character development of youth as it was happening.
The project, which was funded by the John Templeton Foundation and led by Dr. Richard M. Lerner, surveyed nearly1,800 Cub Scouts and nearly 400 non-Scouts under age 12 using both interviews and survey data.
In the beginning, there were no significant differences in character attributes between the two groups. By the end, however, the differences were striking in several areas including Hopefulness, Helpfulness, Obedience, Cheerfulness, Kindness and Trustworthiness.
For your further information, a video presentation of the Tufts study can be found on the homepage of the Laurel Highlands Council website at www.lhcscouting.org.