Beri aku 1000 orang tua, niscaya akan kucabut Semeru dari akarnya. Beri aku 10 pemuda niscaya akan kuguncangkan dunia” : Ir. Soekarno

From those proverb, we can draw the conclusion how great youth is. It can be proved by one non-formal education organization called Scout Movement.

Indonesian Scout Movement is the name of non-formal education organization providing education scouting implemented in Indonesia. Scouting is the process of education outside the school, outside the family in the form of exciting activities, fun, and healthy.

In addition scouting education is a sub-system of National Education which has an important role for the realization of the goals of National Education as stated in (UU RI No. 21/ 2003). It develops the potential of students to become human beings who believe and fear God, have noble character, healthy, knowledgeable, capable, creative, and independent, become democratic and responsible citizens (UU Sisdiknas UU RI, 2003:6). The Scout Movement is also a forum for fostering the young generation with great potential with basic principle.

Founder of scouting, Robert Baden-Powell, made many remarkable observations about the benefits of scouting. One of them is, we must change boys from a ‘what can I get’ to a ‘what can I give’ attitude.” – Scouting isn’t just about earning badges and recognitions, Scouting strives to prepare youth to become a responsible, participating citizens and leaders who are guided by the values of Scout Oath and Law. You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give. It is also helps youth develop academic skills, self-confidence, ethics, leadership skills, and citizenship skills that influence their adult lives. Try new things. Provide service to others. Build self-confidence.

In the other hand, here five awesome benefits of joining Scout:

1. Independence 

Away from the safety of their parents, young boys and girls will find their roles within their troupes and learn to become independent. In both programs, boys and girls are given various tasks, and through this activity they gain a sense of independence. They are responsible for their own actions and for doing their part for the troupe. Learning these skills at a young age set a strong foundation for a healthy, happy future in which these boys and girls are able to handle themselves.

In large groups of boys or girls of similar age acting toward a common goal, whether it be in a sports game or in a community service project, children must learn valuable teamwork skills. Initially, these children may struggle with the release of control that comes with working in groups, but in the end will find that leaning on others can actually be ultimately beneficial. Teamwork can be rather humbling, which contributes to a healthy self-image.

3. Expands the mind 

Befriending and learning about lots of different people exposes you to tons of alternative perspectives that may differ from your own. Learning to get past differences and to accept others’ opinions breaks open the walls of narrow minds and pushes people out of their comfort zones. Younger boys and girls may learn life lessons from older boys and girls that they test out in their own worlds. All of this new information helps scouts to approach the universe in a healthier, less aggressive, more accepting way.

4. Support system 

 Participating in numerous activities and projects with the same troop year after year creates a strong bond between the members. The friends these children make in their scouts troupes will become a lifelong support system for them. Getting to know children that come from different backgrounds or schools (those who didn’t previously know them) allows kids to take on different roles and find themselves in the most honest way possible. In the end, their fellow scouts know them better than anyone else and love them for who they truly are.

5. Psychological health

Among your fellow members, faced with tasks of varying difficulties, as a scout you gain emotional stability in the form of courage, trust, empathy, and self-confidence. These elements of psychological health allow you to see yourself and others in a healthy, clear way and allows for you to build fulfilling relationships.

There are so many benefits that you can get in scouting activities, it’s no wonder that many figures find success through scouting. Activities in scouting are also an important provision to welcome a brighter future. 

Written by: Mrs. Umi Arifah. S.Pd.I

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