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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Each week on Community Link, Carolene Mays takes a look at an organization or business that is making a positive impact on the community.

This week Mays was joined by Leslie Hurst and Matt Prine from the Crossroads of America Council, Boy Scouts.

The Crossroads of America Council, Boy Scouts, is widely recognized as a community and national leader, serving nearly 28,000 Scouts and families throughout central Indiana. Crossroads also strives to prepare young people to make ethical and moral decisions by teaching them the values ​​of Scouting.

Hurst and Prine share the Boy Scouts' mission, which goes far beyond camping trips, learning to tie knots and selling popcorn.

“The mission of Scouting is to create an atmosphere in which one can learn how to make ethical and moral decisions throughout life,” Prine said. “We teach this through an important process called learning the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Without going into the entire Scout Law, things like thrift, kindness or obedience, even learning respect for authority – things of that nature are part of the Scout Oath and Law.”

Prine also explains the many reasons why he believes someone should join the Boy Scouts, including the many opportunities to learn new skills and experience adventures.

“We're giving them creative ways to learn new life skills, things they'll take with them into their future,” he said. “Maybe that means being a leader, maybe that means learning how to be a friend to someone else.”

Mays also asks the two about the Boy Scouts' recent change to admit girls into the organization. Hurst says part of this change allows the council to serve the entire family, but adds that many of the Girl Scout programs have included girls from the start.

“In most of the programs we offer, we have had girls since the beginning of the program,” she said. “We have been inviting girls to the Boy Scouts since 2018 and to the BSA Boy Scouts in 2019.”

She says another reason for the change is that hundreds of families across the United States “begged” her for it.

“We're excited to be able to help busy families today, drop off kids in one place and go exploring together,” she said, adding that not only the organization but the families are excited.

Hurst and Prine also explain the seven main programs the organization offers, what safe scouting is, and what upcoming events they host.

To find out more, watch the full interview above.

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