In 1952, Pilot began to recruit youth members through the establishment of Anchor Clubs, a volunteer service organization for young people.
Today, there are over 7,000 Anchors world-wide with new clubs and members being added monthly. Through professionally developed curriculum and strategic partnerships with national organizations, Pilot encourages and provides opportunities for Youth Development & Leadership around the globe.
Ruby Newhall, President of Pilot International in 1949, first envisioned Anchor Clubs – Pilot’s youth service organization arm. Her vision became a reality in 1952 when the first Anchor Club was chartered in Macon, GA. Today, there are over 300 Anchor Clubs with more than 8000 members in the United States, The Bahamas, Canada, Japan and South Africa.
Using their own name as a guide, Anchor Club’s professionally developed curriculum, strategic national partnerships and unique programs such as the annual Anchor Leadership Summit strive to instill six specific, valuable qualities and characteristics in today’s young people, enabling them to DO MORE, CARE MORE and BE MORE everyday.
Altruism — Anchors participate in altruistic activities through selection, organization and participation in various service projects both in their schools and their communities.
Noble Purpose — Anchors discover that it is always more rewarding to give than to receive. Anchors have a grateful and giving heart and through in-school activities, service projects and unique partnerships with national organizations such as DoSomething.org and Safe Kids Worldwide, Anchors find their own Noble Purpose – their individual gifts and talents – and learn how to use it for the betterment of all.
Citizenship — Anchors are encouraged to assume leadership roles in order to learn to become better citizens in their schools and communities. Anchor’s partnerships with national organizations such as the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge help to instill a love of community and civic-minded service.
Honor — Anchors are honorable people – honest and fair, showing integrity through consistency in their beliefs and actions. Anchors become honorable individuals and learn that service above self is key.
Open-Minded — Anchors step outside their own comfort zones to view others in a new and kinder light. Through interaction with people different than themselves, Anchors learn to engage with and show respect for all individuals and all ideas.
Responsible — Anchors are taught to be responsible for themselves and others through activities specifically targeted to combat the rising tide of irresponsible behavior seen in many of today’s youth (bullying, drug and alcohol abuse, personal care, gossip, etc.).