Study confirms young people in Scouting are more socially-engaged, active and resilient
A new study in three countries around the world confirms Scouts are more active, resilient and engaged citizens, who value curiosity and acceptance.
The study surveyed teenagers in Kenya, Singapore and the United Kingdom and found statistically significant evidence that Scouts outperformed their non-Scout peers in nearly every category of personal development measured, across three continents.
Among the key findings:
* Scouts scored 20.2% higher on physical activity than non-Scouts
* Scouts scored 16.6% higher on active citizenship
* Scouts scored 16.2% higher on life skills and employability
The pilot study, the first of its kind, was commissioned by the World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM) using data compiled from Scouts and non-Scouts in Singapore, Kenya and the United Kingdom.
“(The) results are truly ground-breaking,” said Ahmad Alhendawi, Secretary General of WOSM. “For the first time, we are able to show our impact not only through stories, but also through hard scientific evidence.”
In its next phase, the study will cover three more countries in the European, Interamerican and Arab Region.
The data provided by the impact study will help improve Scouting’s youth programmes, and the training provided to adult volunteers, as well as identify areas where Scouting could be of most benefit. It will also help the Movement in its work with governments and decision-makers.
The survey was conducted independently by SocStats, a London-based agency that specialises in measuring impact in the social sector. It involved nearly 5,000 Scouts and 1,200 non-Scouts.