This year, a law firm in San Diego called Harrison and Boddell is offering a new $1,000 Scouting scholarship. The only requirement (aside from involvement in Boy Scouting or Girl Scouting) is to write a 400-600 word essay on how Scouting prepared you for college. (Details are here).
That assignment got me to wondering about how my time in Scouting prepared me for college. There were countless ways, but two that come to mind relate to the merit badge program. When you think about it, every merit badge is like an introductory course: Swimming 101, Leatherwork 101, etc. So going to college and taking English 101 or Psychology 101 was only natural. Also, earning a merit badge (outside summer camp or a merit badge class) is like taking an independent study class. So it was no big deal to me when I needed to take some correspondence courses to get core requirements out of the way.
How did Scouting prepare you for life after high school? Post your thoughts in the comments section below.