Scouting scared me
When my oldest son, Twizzler was about to join his first Cub Scout den, I was intimidated. Growing up surrounded by sisters and leaving the house to go to college when my only brother was little did not offer me any exposure to the world of scouting. I knew it was something that I wanted my sons to be involved in, but I admit – I was scared of boy scouting.
Just as Twizzler was getting ready to start Cub Scouts, I received a call. The pack needed ME to be his den leader. I was horrified.
Me, in Boy Scouts
Several hours of training and one uniform later, I was officially a den leader for the Boy Scouts of America. And I had never been to a boy scout meeting before in my life. Luckily, I had an amazing support group of other parents and scouting experts to guide me along.
After just a short time, I was completely in love with scouting. As I took my scouts on short hikes, as we cleaned up local parks together, and as we did crafts and games together, I struggled to remember why I was ever intimidated by scouting. I went from hesitant to a complete advocate for scouting.
Scouting is so much more than camps during the summer (although cub scout day camp is something even I look forward to in the summer now!). Scouting turns boys into respectful, healthy, knowledgeable, courteous, strong, and resourceful young men. I could go on and on.
More reasons why your son should Be A Scout
- Relieve the Back-To-School Tension – Scouting helps round out a boy’s education and gives him supplementary experiences outside the classroom that can increase his confidence and comfort level with other students.
- Healthy Living – Scouting keeps kids involved in activities that keep them active, in shape, and educated on proper nutrition.
- Exploring Future Tech – Scouting isn’t just tying knots and camping. It’s also introducing young boys to the technologies that are shaping the future. Through scouting, my son is being exposed to skills that he probably would never have had the chance to learn otherwise.
- Bringing Family Together – I love that scouting involves the entire family. So many of the activities and goals that the boys participate in involve the family. A big part of Boy Scouts is building and strengthening family relationships.
Do you have any boys in Boy Scouts? What have your experiences been?
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