Evaluation of the Voyageurs Area Council Boy Scouts of America

In 2005, Wilder Research was contracted to conduct an evaluation of the Voyageurs Area Council of Boy Scouts.  This evaluation was meant as a follow-up to a similar evaluation of services conducted in 1999.  In 2005, more than 310 Scouting units and their chartered partners, together with 8,784 Scouting youth and 2,215 adult volunteers participated in Scouing in the Voyageurs Area Council.  These numbers have grown since 1999 - when the previous evaluation report was published.  There are 35 additional Scouting units and more than 400 additional youth participants.

This study was undertaken to measure the effectiveness, value, and impact of the Scouting programs delivered by the Voyageurs Area Council.  The Executive Board of the Voyageurs Area Council wished to identify the extent to which their programs strengthened:

  • Interest in and appreciation for the outdoors
  • The ability of young people to solve problems on their own
  • The respect young people show for their families and others
  • Self control young people show when frustrated or angry or facing difficult circumstances
  • Their willingness to carry out responsibilities, set goals, and make good decisions
  • The ability of young people to see themselves as role models for other youth
  • Their ability to resolve conflicts
  • Their ability to work as team members
  • Their ability to form strong, trusting relationships with Scout leaders

In order to better understand program outcomes, Wilder Research conducted telephone surveys with 163 parents and 151 youth and compared results to similar surveys completed in 1999.  In additiona, 56 leaders completed a mailed survey that adds some helpful descriptive information to the study. 

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