Saturday, September 10, 2011

Scouting Memories

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learning to tie knotsI've just been going through a bunch of pictures from Cory's Cub Scout days.  I went looking for them and through them because I was going to write this post, and I can't believe how many memories they bring back!

Cory was in Cub Scouts throughout elementary school.  The meetings were usually held in the cafeteria of the school, and they included not just the scouts, but their entire families.  Yes, we all went to almost every meeting, so while the boys were learning new things or participating in activities, parents and sisters and brothers were all there too.  I thought that was really great - instead of taking boys away from their families, Scouting actually encouraged spending time together with their families.

Pinewood Derby FloatThere was no official leader for our particular troop, so each set of parents took turns leading a meeting.  That way the full responsibility didn't fall on any one person, and we were all there to back each other up.  I think the parents enjoyed it as much as the boys did.  The Pinewood Derby prizes had to be expanded to include the dads because they all wanted to design cars, too.

Yes, Scouting is about tying knots, camping, and learning how to use a pocket knife correctly, but it's also about science, bike safety, baking cookies, marching in parades, visiting radio stations, decorating cakes, making friends and developing relationships, and so much more.  Scouting provides a values-based program that can help round out a boy’s education and improve his confidence and academic performance.  BSA is adapting to today’s competitive world by introducing a new curriculum with emphasis on STEM: science, technology, engineering, and math to help Scouts develop critical skills they will need in the future.

baking cookiesFor over a century, Boy Scouts of America has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun.  Looking through these pictures, I have been reminded of all the fun we had.  And how young those boys were!  They've all grown up now and turned into some very nice young men.  I like to think Scouting had a part in that.  Along with their awesome families, of course.
If you've got a young son, I strongly encourage you to check out Be A Scout  to find scouting in your area.  Start building your own Scouting memories.  You'll be glad you did!

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