Hi, my name is Lauren Coplan and I am currently doing my senior internship with the Utah National Parks Council. I am a student at Arizona State University pursuing a degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Management. I will be working mostly in the development department over the course of the semester.
Throughout my education at ASU, I had the opportunity to hear from many guest speakers from a variety of nonprofits, and the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) always stuck out to me as an organization that I might want to complete my senior internship with.
An internship with the BSA was appealing to me for several reasons. One reason was that I have always been most interested in youth programs and outdoor recreation programs. Also, I wanted to do my internship with a large, reputable organization that there could possibly be career opportunities with after the semester. However, the biggest reason that I am interested in Boy Scouts is that I have seen the real effect it has made in many of my friends lives.
Boy Scouts teaches boys a lot more than how to pitch a tent. It teaches them duty.
The oath that a Scout takes is:
“On my honor, I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.”
BSA and Civic Responsibility
Thus, Boy Scouts teaches duty to God, country, others and to one’s self. I believe that if youth are familiar with duty and civic responsibility, they will be better prepared to achieve their full potential in life. I feel so fortunate to be doing my internship with the Utah National Parks Council, which serves over 84,000 youth. As I learn more about Scouting, I become more and more excited for the great potential of the youth we serve in this Council.
Author: Lauren Coplan | Development, Utah National Parks Council