“Do Your Best” is a motto to live by. I have a passion for scouting. I joined cub scouts when I was first eligible- which is first grade. When a young boy learn the Cub Scout promise, he earns his Bobcat badge. Generally, a lot of students join scouting for a year or two, but it is really important to stay in scouting to get the full effect and advantages. Leadership is necessary to mold and shape the minds and actions of these students. Many, many hours have to be put into training for these positions, and leaders have to be of great moral character. Dedication to a busy lifestyle and to the children of the community dictate the hallmark of great leaders of the organization.
The benefits of scouting are endless. Something about putting on a uniform helps you feel as if you belong to a quality outfit, and you do belong- to a pack, a troop- to the leaders. You even have an involvement with the other scouters that make you feel a couple of inches taller. No one in a scout troop is alone. You work at the same pace on a lot of projects and yet you are not held back by others. A friend is always near and you never have a reason to be afraid. Learning is the name of the game.
Tying knots are one of the first things a young person learns. He learns about honesty, and loyalty and other traits of being a good person. Shooting arrows and throwing knives are courses taught during twilight camps, and swimming and cooking go along with week end campouts. Compass reading and tips to keep someone from getting lost are reiterated often for safety. Health issues such as first aid are taught and tested. Wood working and model car racing are fun activities that are done often.
I encourage parents of young boys to investigate what scouting has to offer. It is an awesome opportunity for dads to do fun activities with their sons. A young man growing up in a house hold where there is no father, for whatever reason, can definitely benefit from the comradery of other boys, their dads and the leadership. Scouting is designed for grades on up to high school- with camper activities of all ages. Please take my advice and check out these articles to see the opportunities.