Remind your Scouts to combat bullying by showing kindness to their classmates

A Scout is Kind and prepared to help others in need.

We know that, but perhaps your Scouts’ classmates don’t. According to new BSA data, kids age 6-17 believe the biggest issue facing Generation Z is bullying. In a recent survey, 86% of youth polled said not being bullied is a daily priority.

The Boy Scouts of America is asking Scouts to wear their uniform to school on Oct. 16, so they can show their classmates that they have an ally among them — someone who is friendly, helpful, brave and kind. By wearing their uniform, Scouts identify themselves to their peers as people who are there for them.

Parents are leaders are asked to encourage Scouts in their family, pack, troop, ship or crew to participate in this call to action. One easy way to do this is to share this graphic on your social media pages. Feel free to also link to this blog post and Scouting’s bullying prevention resources.

On Oct. 16, Scouters and Scouts (with parental permission) can also share inspirational stories of kindness on social media by using the hashtag #AScoutIsKind.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, a time for schools, communities and organizations to work together to stop bullying and cyberbullying.

How to stop bullying

For tips on how you and your Scouts can take on bullying, check out the following links:

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Michael Freeman, an Eagle Scout, is associate editor of Boys’ Life, Scouting and Eagles’ Call magazines.