My scouting experience was dull. We never did any proper activities, save the odd hike/camp out, and just played football all evening.
But I do think the principle of scouting is a great one. Activities that encourage interaction with the natural world can be deeply beneficial, especially in an age where fewer people get out and about, and load of people play excessive amounts of computer games/watch TV for hours a day. It exercises the body and mind, and helps people learn to work as a team and co-operate with others. The kind of things that I did in Scouts and later army cadets are the envy of personnel managers the world over. It is terribly fashionable to send employees away on team building exercises of the kind found in these youth societies. It can also be very relevant. Not everyone spends their time driving sports cars, or surfing the net, or shopping. I adore camping, and my time in Scouts and the ACF really helped my skills in this area. It also made me more confident, and turned me into a good team leader/player. Sure, the skills learned may not directly apply to modern life, but they can still be deeply enjoyable and beneficial.
And lets face it, bad things do happen. Having a rudimentary knowledge of wilderness survival, cooking and camping skills, as well as knowing how to lash rope and build structures, can prove to be your saviour in certain situations. There have been times in my life when I have directly and necessarily applied these skills.
However, the bit I hated was the religious aspect. I don't give a toss about God, and resented being asked to make promises to him/in his name. Some could say the same about the Queen, but I'm a bit of a monarchist at heart