Thursday, February 4, 2016

Is Scouting still relevant? Sharing an article and my thoughts on Scouting

Our local BSA District posted an article. A written essay from a long standing Boy Scouts of America member.

He talks about a week's worth of interactions from friends and strangers regarding scouting.

Are scouts relevant anymore? Is Scouting? Are they still around?

Of course we are.
Some councils and districts are larger or get media attention for their Good Turns [Deeds].

We teach our scouts about the earth, heath, wildlife, how to survive in the wilderness and even how to deal with emergencies.

I promise, our scouts are relevant, to me, to our pack, our troop and to their community.

Is Scouting Still Relevant? An Essay by Ray Capp

Scouting can be a life long adventure. Long after you've attained the rank of Eagle or have "aged out", opportunities to be a part of scouting are abundant. Every Boy Scouts of America Council welcomes volunteers and those who have long left scouting, but still wish to be involved, can make contact with their local council and find any number of ways to be involved.

Ray Capp makes excellent points in his essay about why scouting is still relevant.

Boys are more likely to turn to substance abuse, violence, and drop out of school.

Beginning in 1st grade, usually around age 6 or 7, a boy can join Cub Scouts and stay in a Pack until they crossover during 5th grade. Then, they can join Boy Scouts and stay in until the age of 18.

These boys learn about friendship, respect, life skills, how to be a role model and mentor. Boy Scouts can volunteer in the community (more so than the younger Cubs). Our boys have cleaned up during our local fair, helped out at local races, work with the VFW, collected food for our local food bank and toys, which we donated to Toys for Tots. They can earn over 100 Merit badges, which can bring them our of their comfort zone and learn about new cultures, jobs, and ways to solve problems.
The possibilities to  make a difference are endless.

My oldest son began scouting in 1st grade. His brothers have watched and waited, sometimes not so patiently, for their turn. My youngest loves scouting. He teaches his friends (and some adults) how to make a square knot and talks about the "Leave No Trace" code all the time. He loves camping, fishing, and doing activities with his Cub Scout friends. He loves interacting with his 2 older brothers and cherishes the time he gets to spend in our "Scout Family". He knows most of the Boy Scouts in his biggest brother's Troop, because a lot of them were in our Pack.

I spend a great deal of time with my scouts. I am a Den Leader to the 1st graders, an assistant to the 4th graders, work on the website, and fundraisers, and became Cub Master this year. My oldest is a Den Chief, a mentor to our 2nd graders (he began with them during their 1st year as Tigers). My husband is helping our 5th graders finish their Cub Scout journey. I know all 47 names of all of my scouts, and their siblings. I get hugs and high fives. I love the parents. We have such and amazing group, an amazing family. & years ago, I would have never imagined myself taking this journey.

Boys will be Boys. They will play rough, fight, break hearts [yes, even mine] and they will test their boundaries. What Scouting can do, what I try and instill in my Cub Scouts and in the Boy Scouts that I can influence, is how to be a good person. To clean, cook, budget, respect, love, and survive their everyday life.

How amazing it is to watch these boys grow, to see them become young men. It's a privilege I cherish and would not give up for anything in this world.

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