Asian American

Some Scouters will be particularly interested in the value of Scouting in helping people become a part of the American "mainstream culture." Some Asian American leaders also recognize Scouting as a tool families may use to more easily assimilate into American life.

Scouting can be a bridge; but remember, a bridge is firmly anchored on both shores. Although immigrant families are eager to become a part of American society, they also want to hold on to their traditional values and heritage. Scouting can help people do both.

Within most ethnic groups, people move along a scale of assimilation from total absorption within their ethnic culture to the new culture. This process may take many years or even several generations. Local council and district leaders should recognize that different people will be at different places along this scale. Those with the strongest ties to their cultural backgrounds and who are most comfortable in their own languages will tend to be those who are the most recent immigrants, live in the inner city, and have the lowest income.

Many of the immigrants who have become a part of the American mainstream nonetheless retain some ties to the culture and tastes of their ethnic heritage. Scouters are wise to consider that people can legitimately be bicultural—loyal U.S. citizens while retaining elements of their ethnic background. We should not expect people to give up their heritage to be a part of Scouting or to be an accepted part of the American mainstream.

The Scouting program offers countless ways for helping people adjust to American ways. Scouting helps people find out about their community and its resources. Scouting helps children and youth get a good education and provides career awareness through the merit badge program. Scouting helps prepare for good citizenship and teaches healthy and safe practices. Scouting reduces racial tensions by providing a safe haven where Asians and non-Asians can meet and work together. These are all interests and concerns of the Asian American community.

Venture crews may be especially active in service projects in the Asian community, such as tutoring young children with their school work. A computer engineering post can introduce young Asian Americans to the computer engineering field. A Venture crew in Southern California helps collect and distribute canned food for Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. The local council and district and members of the Asian American population can explore these countless opportunities together.

The Scouting program also offers ways to help people preserve their cultural heritage. For example, a Cub Scout pack in San Jose, California, combines the blue and gold banquet with a Chinese New Year celebration. The activities include a Dragon Dance, exchanging gifts, and praying for their ancestors, as well as celebrating Scouting Anniversary Week.

Other Scouting activities, such as Cub Scout achievements and Boy Scout merit badges (including Citizenship in the World, Family Life, and Genealogy), provide a wider understanding of family traditions and cultural heritage.

The world jamboree, held once every four years, is another way that Scouts can celebrate the wonderful richness of their own and other peoples' cultural heritage.

Asian American Organizational Endorsement

Resources

The National Council makes available a wide variety of literature, videos, and other support materials.

Materials Available at No Cost

Use the Bin Resources Order Form available at your local council service center.

Asian

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Asian Clip Art.

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Asian American Emphasis in Your Local Council: A Guide for Council Staff and Volunteers.

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The Asian American Spirit of Scouting Service Award. The purpose of the Asian Spirit of Scouting Service Award is to recognize outstanding services by an adult individual or an organization for demonstrated involvement in the development and implementation of Scouting opportunities for Asian American youth.

Cambodian

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The Aims and Methods of Boy Scouting.

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Be a Boy Scout Today!

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Be a Cub Scout Today!

Chinese

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The Aims and Methods of Boy Scouting.

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Cub Scout Highlights. Brochure.

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Scouting: America's #1 Values Program for Youth. Brochure.

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Recruiting Poster.

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Boy Scout Leader Fast Start Viewer's Guide.

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Boy Scout Fast Start Training. Video.

523-161 Recruiting Flyer.

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Prepared. For Life

Hmong

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The Aims and Methods of Boy Scouting.

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Be a Cub Scout Today!

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Be a Boy Scout Today!

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Recruiting Poster.

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Recruiting Flyer.

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Scouting: #1 Values Program for Youth. Brochure.

Laotian

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Be a Boy Scout Today!

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Be a Cub Scout Today!

Korean

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The Aims and Methods of Boy Scouting.

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Recruiting Poster.

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Boy Scout Fast Start Training. Video.

523-160 Recruiting Flyer.

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Prepared. For Life

Vietnamese

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The Aims and Methods of Boy Scouting.

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Scouting: #1 Values Program for Youth. Brochure.

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The Values of Men and Boys in America. Brochure.

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Vietnamese Scout Songbook.: Music and lyrics to an original collection of more than 300 Vietnamese Scouting songs. Limit one.

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Scout Games Book.

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Recruiting Poster.

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Boy Scout Leader Fast Start Viewer's Guide.

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Boy Scout Fast Start Training. Video.

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Recruiting Flyer.

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Boy Scout Advancement. Mini-handbook.

11-220 Ta¯i Lie"u ‹o· Vui ‹e HoÔc (Vietnamese Culture Book).

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Prepared. For Life.

Cub Scout Meeting Plans
These valuable program aids for Cub Scout leaders eliminate the time and effort of researching other resources. Each manual contains two months of detailed plans in English and Vietnamese for den, pack, and leaders' meetings.

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Cub Scout Meeting Plans—Bobcat and Wolf.

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Cub Scout Meeting Plans—Wolf in a Den.

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Cub Scout Meeting Plans—All About People.

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Cub Scout Meeting Plans—Who Am I?

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Cub Scout Meeting Plans—Our Neighborhood.

Boy Scout Meeting Plans

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Boy Scout Meeting Plans—Cooking.

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Boy Scout Meeting Plans—First Aid.

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Boy Scout Meeting Plans—Citizenship.

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Boy Scout Meeting Plans—Camping.

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Boy Scout Meeting Plans—Conservation.

Materials Available for a Modest Charge

Use the standard National Supply Group order form, available at your local council service center. (Prices subject to change.)

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Scouting Works With Asian American Communities