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The White Stag

Hungarian folklore, the Legend of the White Stag, was famously symbolized during Hungary's 1933 Scouting World Jamboree. This event marked the final participation of Scouting's founder, Lord Baden-Powell. The White Stag, representing the pursuit of goals beyond perceived limits, embodies a challenge for personal growth, making it a fitting emblem for a leadership program.

Established in 1958 by Dr. Bela Banathy, an educational psychologist and dedicated Scouter, White Stag was envisioned as a program aimed at defining and imparting specific leadership skills to youth. Collaborating with other social scientists and Scout leaders, Dr. Banathy developed and tested a method for teaching these skills. In 1972, the program was adopted by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America as the official Junior Leader Training Program nationwide.

In 2008, Venture Crew 122, sponsored by White Stag Leadership Development Academy, Inc., began offering this week-long program to both boys and girls, furthering the organization's mission of fostering leadership development.

Join us at the White Stag Leadership Adventure for an unforgettable summer of growth, adventure, and leadership development!

The Aims of White Stag for the Personal Growth of Each Individual

Leadership Development:  Inspiring individuals to engage life as an ongoing adventure, to challenge themselves, and to lead others to pursue excellence.

Character Development:  Motivating individuals to do what is right, no matter what, and to serve themselves and others.

Personal Fitness:  Encouraging individuals to accept physical and mental challenges, to surpass their expectations, expand their knowledge, skills, and abilities, and strive for continuous personal improvement.

Citizenship Training:  Helping individuals to develop a positive attitude, influence those around them, and actively participate in shaping their community.

White Stag Monterey Mission Statement


'To enhance the quality and character of individuals and empower them to influence their communities and environment in a positive manner.'

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