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Tonight Jason and Tater are off at a Boy Scouts of America meeting; Jason became an assistant leader tonight and I am so thrilled! This is Tater’s second year in Scouts and Jason grew up in it… as did my grandpa, uncles, dad, father-in-law, etc. and I think they are all somehow better for it. I remember attending meetings with my brother when I was younger and just thinking how cool it all was; they had all kinds of fun traditions that made the boys feel like members of some secret club. I can’t remember what year it was but I remember the leaders holding my brother upside down while my mom and dad pinned his badge on him; how fun is that? He talked about it for months because he thought it was so much fun and it must have been because I remember it like it was yesterday.
The second that my sons’ were born I just knew they would be Boy Scouts, I counted down the days until Tater was in first grade and old enough to join a pack. The first meeting we just talked and hung out, the other parents were really fun to talk to, and we got our book and some random instructions for things we needed to do. After we left he was begging us to sign him up and telling us how much he wanted to join. The next day we went and bought his uniform and signed him up.
I feel like Scouting has helped Tater in a lot of ways; one of them being back-to-school. It can be so rough to change classes and not know anyone in the class or for kids’ who don’t have any friends but Boy Scouts changes that by giving your son friends that they can rely on and grow up with, many of them will stay in the same pack for years and years. They can and will make life-long friends! What an amazing benefit for your son. right?
Everyone knows that childhood obesity is becoming an issue right? Scouts can help to combat that issue by teaching proper nutrition and also by keeping your kids active. You won’t get a badge for sitting on the couch playing video games but you will for hiking, biking and most any other activity where you are moving! However, If your son is like my son he is much more into learning than doing physical stuff (not that he doesn’t love both!)
Another program that the Scouts offer is a program called STEM: science, technology, engineering, and math. There is a Robotics merit badge, the most recent of 31 STEM-related merit badges. These badges help Scouts develop critical skills that are relevant in today’s competitive world.
Family is number 1 to me and I hope that I can keep my sons’ feeling that way as long as possible too, I feel like Boy Scouts helps with that. Scouting embraces the role of family and supports activities and experiences that get everyone involved. Cub Scouting, in particular, takes great care in teaching Scouts a wholesome system of values and beliefs while building and strengthening relationships with family members.
If you have a son this is a program that I truly would recommend. My son loves it and I love it too; it keeps him active and headed in the right direction in life, what is better than that? He also has strong male role models to look up to and talk to, which is amazing for all of us. Check this out, your son too can Be A Scout