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Their own words: Watch Scouters and Scouts say why they love Scouting

They live in different time zones, and their paths may never cross. But this mom in Miami, dad in Dallas and Scouter in Seattle share one thing in common.

All have seen their lives and the lives of their families improved by Scouting. These three Scouters (and many more youth and adults) share their stories in a new batch of One Voice videos from the Boy Scouts of America’s magnificent Marketing Team.

The Dallas dad discusses how signing his son up for Cub Scouts helped bring him and his son closer together. The Miami mom finds in Scouting a place where her deaf son feels included. The Seattle Scouter explains how Venturing gives young men and women in his area a chance to try activities they never dreamed they’d do.

And don’t miss the video of Matthew, a Cub Scout from Dallas who tells in his own words why he loves Scouting. It’s aww-inspiring.

Watch all the videos after the jump (including one in Spanish), and tell me which is your favorite. For those of you wishing to share these videos at recruiting events or elsewhere, go to this link to download them for offline viewing.

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9 Comments on Their own words: Watch Scouters and Scouts say why they love Scouting

  1. I truly appreciate the Marketing team going out there and finding voices to tell us about their Scouting experiences. But I don’t live in Dallas. Don’t live in Miami, nor do I live in Seattle. Oklahoma is close but I don’t live there either. I’ve visited New York, but I don’t live there either.

    Where I live and work — where the majority of people NOT involved in Scouting — is in the Midwest. Not in Utah, but rather in Kentucky. Ohio. Mississippi. Colorado. Iowa. Take us to those places — and many others — whereby there are volunteers and youth involved in our programs. Interview the Scouter who is truly “doing his all” to make Scouting happen in a town with a population of 944. That’s the population, by the way, of Excelsior Minnesota — where I live part of the year. Interview the Scout who loves Scouting but can’t get to summer camp because it’s in a DIFFERENT COUNTRY(he lives on a military base in Belgium; his summer camp is in Italy, Germany or the United Kingdom). Interview the Cub Scouter whose Den can only meet during school time but they make it happen — the members of the Den live around mountains and valleys within a county in southeastern Kentucky. Take us not to the innercities of Detroit, NYC, or even Miami — take us to the innercity of St. Paul, Minnesota where boys of Somali extraction are learning the Scout Oath and talk with one of them about why Scouting is so important to him.

    See, everytime we do one of these things, we go to where it’s “easiest” (okay, cheaper) to do. The places our Marketing team went to in finding their subjects are easy — they are among our nation’s largest local Councils. Go to Peoria. Iowa City. Madisonville, Kentucky. Columbus Ohio. You know, with Skype(tm), your marketing team can find a Lone Scout in the Phillipines, Germany or Honduras.

    Good effort — but I for one would love to see a little more “geographical diversity” instead of the same faces and places all of the time!

    • Andrew Velonis // January 20, 2014 at 1:22 pm // Reply

      Although I liked the vids very much, I also like your comment that we go where it’s “easiest”. It’s the “lost keys” skit.

  2. Brittany Allen // January 16, 2014 at 11:12 am // Reply

    I am so dissappointed in the content. The videos were to “slick” and scripted. I want to see something real, off the cuff. I’m sure a lot if work went into making and producing these, but with all the bad press we have received in the past year I feel they are just to much. Overly worked, overly done. Of all, I guess I find the Venturing ones likable. The rest, unrelatable. Sorry guys!

    • The video for Oklahoma is truly real with no script what so ever. It can not get any more real. How do I know, I was there when it happened. The only editing was in the order and timing of the images shown to match what Dale said. I was not a part of the production team and not employed by BSA – just a proud scouter. Word got out as to what his troop was doing and they were sought out. Mr. Dutton was just asked for his opinion and what he said was straight from his heart – no script. That man is a great man with a heart of gold. He truly feels exactly what he said. BSA or anyone else had in no way any influence in what was said or how he said it. I am proud of who he is and what he has done for his boys. A true man of God and shows Scouting Spirit every day of his life. Thank you Dale.

      • Great story, Darren. Thanks.

  3. Thanks for putting these on YouTube. I embedded the video with the Cub Scout Matthew on our pack’s public web site. We put our URL on recruiting flyers, so it helps give potential parents an idea of what Cub Scouts is about. In our city of about 85,000 population, there are two community Cub Scout packs, with a total of about 50-60 boys. Needless to say, we get LOTS of questions from potential parents.

  4. Mike has a good point… make it local. Scouts all over could working on these small productions while earning the “movie Making” merit badge… Put the idea out to everyone…..

  5. While these are nice videos. The one in OK made me cry a bit……. Who is going to see them? What other avenues are there for getting these out into the general public? If I was subscribed to Bryan how would I have found out about this?

  6. These videos are nice, but I think they do a better job of inside sales then they do of getting the word out about our program. What the BSA needs (IMHO) is a partner in getting the word out to the public that Scouts are here to encourage youth to be active and participatory leaders in their communities. Get a 15-30 second television spot advertising the fun of Scouting to capture the kids’ interest, and sell mom and dad on the statistics gleaned from the Baylor University study. Grab the attention of those 1st grade 6-year-olds in late August, and motivate them to seek out a Cub Scout pack. Get those Packs out in public in the spring distributing handouts about pack programs and meeting nights. Demonstrate how Scouting gets kids out from behind a screen and participating in reality (perhaps a computer game a la Google doodle, released by a social media deluge.) Regardless of the method…don’t advertise to the volunteers and Scouts, advertise to the non-participants. We KNOW what’s good about Scouting. Make sure the message is heard that Scouts are here to serve the community, and (in turn) to develop the leadership skills of those who participate in the program.

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