ERIC Number: ED229327
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr-13
Reference Count: 0
Getting Prepared: Nonformal Education in Boy Scouts.
Kleinfeld, Judith; Shinkwin, Anne
An intensive study of boys' experiences in two Boy Scout groups shows that scout programs provide important educational functions that schools and homes do not. Detailed field notes were taken on 75 events of the 2 groups, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 20 boys and their parents to explore what parents and boys felt they were getting out of scouting, and diaries kept by the parents were analyzed. Results show that scout programs help young boys develop a sense of themselves as people who are broadly competent, who know how to take charge of a group and get things done, and who have obligations to the community and its institutions. Scouts can perform these functions because it is a nonformal, private, and voluntary organization. Precisely because scouts provide an educational setting without the critical importance of school, it can place boys in significant roles and tolerate significant errors. As a voluntary institution, it is far more suitable than schools for teaching the importance of voluntary obligations. (RM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Boy Scouts of America
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 13, 1983).