ERIC Number: ED232833
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr-13
Reference Count: 0
Lessons Out-of-School: Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and 4-H Clubs as Educational Environments.
Kleinfeld, Judith; Shinkwin, Anne
By providing opportunities for closer youth-adult contact, exercising responsibility, performing community service, and learning practical skills, well-functioning youth groups create important educational occasions which are often lacking in school. To point out the overlooked features of traditional youth groups, researchers interviewed and surveyed the directors, leaders, members, and members' parents of two 4-H clubs, two Girl Scout troops, and two Boy Scout troops. All six groups served as channels to the adult world by increasing members' contact with responsible, civic-minded, generous, and concerned adults. Four-H provided the most extensive youth-adult network. The groups' main activity was the successful teaching of practical skills not taught anywhere else. Each group's history and leadership affected which skills they emphasized. While all groups taught members some leadership skills, the Boy Scouts provided an especially structured program of leadership and responsibility development to prepare boys for business and community leadership roles. The groups also socialized the members for adult service organizations and stressed voluntary community responsibility. Parents and children generally agreed on the groups' major goals and benefits. Parents found that the groups gave them occasions to educate their children and give their children a working ideology. (SB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Boy Scouts of America; Girl Scouts of the USA; 4 H Clubs
Note: Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Meeting (Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 13, 1983). For related document, see RC 014 252.