Join a great program, join the Scouts
At the beginning of each school year, Boy Scouts of America traditionally conducts recruiting activities. As a former scout leader and mother of two Eagle Scouts, I would strongly encourage parents to consider signing up their children to join a Cub Scout pack or Boy Scout troop, depending on their ages.
There is a wide variety of skills taught in scouting. Most people connect camping with scouting, but there is so much more!
How about archery, archaeology, auto mechanics, electronics, genealogy, Indian lore, photography, waterskiing, and small boat sailing?
These are just a few of the many areas that older scouts may explore as they earn merit badges..
But the most important impact of the scouting program on youngsters is the fostering of integrity, leadership, and citizenship. The activities and requirements of the scouting program are geared toward developing character and responsibility.
I would also encourage parents to become involved in scouting as well.
Don’t just drop your children off at the meetings because you will miss out on the chance to work with and learn with your kids.
You will have the chance to work with other caring adults and develop some great friendships. It will take some time and work, but it is well worth it and lots of fun. I have so many vivid memories of special times and activities from the eleven years which I spent as a scout leader.
For more information about scouting, visit the Circle Ten Council Boy Scouts of America website atwww.circle10.org.