Note from the research team at Tufts University:
We would like to offer our sincere thanks to the Cradle of Liberty Council for their continued support, and to all the families and Scout leaders who have made this study possible. We have been welcomed into your Den and Pack meetings, District-wide Roundtables, and other Council-wide celebrations of Scouting! With funding from the John Templeton Foundation and the support of staff and volunteers in the Cradle of Liberty Council, we are continuing our exciting study of the impact of Scouting on the academic and personal development of Cub Scouts.
The Tufts Team, with the invaluable assistance of Pack leaders, has gathered pertinent information from Scouts, parents, and leaders throughout the Cradle of Liberty Council. We have completed our first round of data collection in January, and have already begun preparing for Wave 2. Through interviews, short-answer surveys, and focus groups discussions, leaders have shared their views about the role of Scouting in the development of character, as well as of the overall impact of Scouting on youth. We have also received thoughtful feedback on how to improve our data collection process. This information will be incredibly helpful as we plan for future waves of this study.
For those who participated in Wave 1, we will be contacting you in the near future about the upcoming second wave of data collection with Scouts, which will begin in May 2013. We are committed to meeting the unique needs of each unit so that participating in the study is as easy as possible.
From all of us at the Tufts Team, thank you so much for your support! We look forward to seeing many of you at Scouting events in the near future!
News article about the study from Tufts - click here to read this article