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Joining the Boy Scouts of America†is the best way to expand a boy's social, physical, and personal health and skills.† I know and believe this wholeheartedly from seeing it happen day after day for a dozen years now.

Here's an example:
Be A ScoutThese three little guys joined a Boy Scout troop 6 years ago.† They each got a Scout Handbook and learned a wide range of useful life skills, such as swimming, cooking, and first aid.† They also learned cool outdoors skills, like camping, hiking, navigating, and astronomy.
More importantly, they worked together all the time, learning how a team needs leaders and followers to be successful.† Each of them had opportunities to both follow and lead.

As they went on campouts, participated in meetings, and earned awards, they passed their knowledge onto the younger scouts that joined after them.† This mentoring is the main way a troop lives - it's a cycle that repeats over the years.

Eagle Scouts†I just attended the Eagle Scout ceremony for these same three boys.† Six years after becoming Boy Scouts, they had grown into strong, young men.† They took advantage of all the Scouting opportunities for exploring the wilds, challenging themselves, and developing their leadership skills to reach this milestone.†
Their time in Boy Scouts provided a well-rounded experience, not only physical development or only mental development as can happen with sports or academics.† Scouting provided them with an extremely wide range of challenges so they could strengthen their existing abilities and expand their breadth of skills.

It's not a coincidence that you hear so many famous and successful Americans were Boy Scouts.† Take a peek at this list of Eagle Scouts.††There's no reason a boy you know can't someday be on that list.

Last night, I attended another Eagle ceremony.† It was for a scout across town in a different troop.† Every troop does things a bit differently so I wanted to see how this troop ran its ceremonies.
It was great to see the audience had boys ranging from 6 years old to 18 years old, as well as many adults in Scouting uniforms.† Much of the ceremony was directed at the younger scouts, encouraging them to have fun in Scouting and someday become an Eagle as well.† This encouragement from older scouts to younger is a common theme and one of my favorite parts of Scouting.


The part of the ceremony I enjoyed the most was watching the color guard retire the flags.† It was made up of a Cub Scout from each rank - Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos - and you could see how nervous and proud they were as they bravely walked to the front, retrieved the flags, and carried them out.† These were elementary school boys in front of an audience of 150 or so people.


Every boy should be a Scout and the easiest way to get started is to visit the Be A Scout website to find a pack or troop in your town.

Participation in Scouting helps a boy in many ways:


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Comments:
 Oct 06, 2011 - Stephen Martin
I couldn't have been more excited when it was time for my son to join scouts this year. Him and I discussed all the reasons why scouting was an important part of my life when I was a boy. I also explained to him that my father and my grandfather was a scout. He wanted to not just carry the torch, but also learn to do all the things that we talked to him about. I am also a Den leader for two Tiger Dens and loving it!
Oct 06, 2011 - Scoutmaster Doug
The traditions of Scouting are 100+ years old but the skills learned are just as relevant. in days where moral character appears at an all time low I can think of no better organization for young men to be a part of.
Oct 06, 2011 - KR
My whole family is involved in scouting. I love that my boys are exposed to a wide variety of activities in a supportive environment, and that they learn responsibility and leadership skills along the way. Scouting rocks!
Oct 07, 2011 - Dave J.
Top benefit that comes to mind about scouting for my boys is a sense of identity as a scout. When my one son recently received his Life rank, the Scoutmaster said he was now confirmed as a Boy Scout for life ... I could have told him that seven years ago!
Oct 07, 2011 - Ken D
Scouting teaches ethical decision making in an outdoor environment. The boys have fun and learn at the same time.
Oct 10, 2011 - Jeff
My son started as a Tiger Cub five years ago and was so nervous and clingy that I could not leave the room for a minute without him feeling he needed to be next to me. Now he is a newly minted Tenderfoot Scout who this weekend camped with his troop and without his family for the first time in his life. He spent the weekend with a group of adults in whom I trust completely! It is my hope that he still has many Scouting experiences in front of him, but it warms my heart to realize how much self confidence he has already developed thanks to Scouting.
Oct 10, 2011 - Diane
It is beneficial for a child to become a Scout because of the life skills, leadership, American tradition, accountability and preparedness in daily life....give someone a fish; feed them for a day; teach a someone how to fish - feed them for a lifetime. So many skills/lessons taught and learned in Scouting match the strength of this proverb.
Oct 10, 2011 - John
I think the scouting program is great for kids who are haiving troubles in school and out of school. It provides activities and guidance for them so they don't get in trouble more.
Oct 10, 2011 - Vince
Because scouting provides a level of well rounded growth/development not normally pursued by the average American family. Personally, I have matured more as an adult because of our involvement in scouting and to honest, we're a better family!
Oct 10, 2011 - SB
Skills for life...Prepares young boys to be young men. Thanks for 100 years in Scouting...Ready for 100 more.
Oct 10, 2011 - Cynthia
Scouting is fun! Children develop strong moral character,gain knowledge and skills, learn to help others, while having fun. A huge benefit of Scouting is doing challenging and fun activities with other children who are learning the same positive values. Friendships develop. As Scouts,their progress along the Scouting trail is marked by beads, pins and badges they earn as they learn. How cool is that! Their work and growing compentencies are recognized. As they walk this trail, their self-confidence grows, and their interpersonal and leadership skills blossom. A strong foundation for adulthood is established.
Oct 11, 2011 - Tammy
Becoming a scout helps build character and morals, teaches leadership and skills and supports self confidence. It's everyone helping each other while having fun growing as a pack.
Oct 11, 2011 - DG
Being involved in Scouting teaches boys valuable life skills and lessons - sometimes the hard way. Interest in outdoor skills sometimes seems to be waning among youth. But Scouting gives boys the opportunity to learn those skills like no other program in existence. That is almost certainly the favorite aspect of most boys. But watching the leadership skills and confidence that boys develop is truly rewarding. Boys discover that they can do things they never thought possible whether it's talking in front of an audience or camping in the snow when it's 15 degrees outside. On top of all that is the concept of leadership through service - an idea that is certainly not unique to Scouting (see John 13:3-17). But Scouting does a fantastic job of promoting that mindset; and that's something that will continue to benefit our nation for years to come.
Oct 11, 2011 - Ken Gibson
It's a sense of direction, comrodery, friendship,development,skill set, fun, adventure and most of all allows most all families time of togetherness.
Oct 11, 2011 - Danny Long
Having Fun! Learning skills that will be needed in life later on. Friends that you will bind with and grow up with and learn togther. Friendships that will last a lifetime. God and how important he is in our lives. And most of all how to take pride in ourselves!
Oct 11, 2011 - John Peebles
My son is in his 2nd year of Cub Scouts, and the attitude that he developed inspired me to become an adult leader. Now, I'm spending MORE quality time with my son, and we are both learning and living scouting ideals, and having a GREAT time doing it!
Oct 12, 2011 - Scoutmaster Keith
We have a small troop of 5 I think the best thing for a child is to be able to spend time outdoors. No matter what goes on at home it's this time of their lives that molds the rest of their lives.we have a blind scout he gives more to the others juet his will is wild nothing stops him. the other scout have lurned alot from him.
Oct 12, 2011 - Bear Mom
I love the values that scouting teaches these boys. I love to teach them to have great pride in their country. To love the men and women who fight for them. To love their neighbors and to serve them. What better things could we teach our boys! I have 4 scouts of my own and 4 in my Bear Den. My goal is to help them believe they truly are the future leaders of America! They need to live worthy of that call!
Oct 12, 2011 - Christina Prado
I enjoy watching how happy it makes my 7 year old son to be part of his pack and see a positive influence on him. I know he will learn and grow to be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, brave, clean, and respectful.The words in the Oath and Law are simple‚ÄĒbut collectively they become words to live by. This principle, along with others, makes Scouting more than what we do but rather who we are, and what we will be. A Boy Scouts of America.
Oct 12, 2011 - Tina
I'm so excited to be going on my very first camping trip ever. Not only am I a Webelos 1 leader and going on this experience myself, I will be able to share first time experiences with my Scouts. Many of them have never been camping either. And that is what Scouts is all about Adults and Children growing together and sharing new experiences. :-)
Oct 12, 2011 - Jacob Allred
Scouting teaches useful life skills and teaches them how to lead and be lead. Children that go through the scouting program are more confident and able to handle the trials of life.
Oct 13, 2011 - Steve Crumbaugh
I am a second generation scouter, an Eagle Scout, and father of a Scout working on his Eagle. We have enjoyed Scouting activities from Tiger Cubs to National Scout Jamborees. Beyond the fun, the joy of the activities, Scouting has shaped my father, me and my brother, and my son in ways it is hard to explain.

The skills are obvious. I can build a fire and get it lit with no more than two matches. Every week I use the knots I learned as a Scout. Scout First Aid training has helped me in many circumstances. I am a pretty good cook as a result of my years in Scouting. But I learned much more than just useful skills I have used all my life.

I vote. I participate in community events. I work on community service projects. I do these things because Scouting taught me what Citizenship means.

I could talk about the hobbies I began as a Scout earning merit badges, and still enjoy today, such as canoeing, leathercraft, archery. I could tell you about the merit badges that have led my son to decide on an engineering career. But changes in the lives of Scouts include more than hobbies or careers.

There is so much more - the nature of the program and the affect it has on a young man is different than any other program or activity available to young people today.

Where, but in Boy Scouts, can you see guys from the fifth grade through High School seniors working and playing together? This kind of interaction with other youth who share the values of the Scout Law can be life changing. It certainly helps prepare them for later life when they will have to interact with people of all ages in school and at work. It can help them to be more open to others, despite age, race, or religious differences.

Scouts have interaction with adults that helps them be at ease with "authority figures". Teachers are often very directive - they have to be. Scout leaders (if they are doing it right) are more willing to stand back and assume an advisory and support role. Few young people have the opportunity to interact with adults in this way. I see a very real difference between how open, relaxed, but still respectful Scouts are with adults - which I do not always see in their peers.

In a Troop or crew, a young person can become a leader. He can safely fail - it is not an unforgiving environment. He can learn from his mistakes and learn to accept constructive criticism and correct his performance as a leader. He can succeed and hopefully will learn how important it is to seek and to have the support of others and mentoring of those with more experience. Scouting is a leadership laboratory, or maybe a better way to say it is an artist's studio where young people (hats off to lady Venturers) can practice and perfect the art of leadership. Truly Youth-Led programs are rare. Scouting is the premier example.

A young man who has been a Scout is usually more confident, more competent, more dependable, and more outwardly focused than the general population. I have been given job interviews and been moved to the front of job candidate lists when a potential employer learned I was an Eagle Scout. People recognise that there is a qualitative difference in experiences, and that the determination, dedication, and "stick-to-ativeness" needed to earn Eagle Scout really means something.

And now, even as an adult, from time to time I hear a voice others cannot hear reminding me that a Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent. It still shapes my actions. Something changed in me while attending Troop meetings and camping. I became a different man than I would have been - a better man. My goal as a Scoutmaster is to give all the young men entrusted to my care the chance to be more than they would have been, the opportunity to learn, to have fun, to grow into men of quality and the sort of leaders our communities, our nation, and our world need.

Sorry for going on at such length, but I feel strongly about this.
Oct 13, 2011 - Stephanie Willis
Because Scouting teaches self respect and discipline. We live in a lower middle class area and Scouts provides our boys fun things to do that does not cost alot. And in today's society which is full of drug use and crime it is good for the boys to have a program that teaches them not everything in life is bad. And that there are things you can do that will not get you in trouble. And finally I know it has taught my son that you can have friends from all walks in life. No matter what they look like or if they have the finer things in life they may be the best friend you could ever have.
Oct 13, 2011 - Lisa Riley
My son Micah is 8 years old. He is developmentally delayed and has mental health issues due to the drug use of his biological parent. Micah has a lot of problems fitting in with other children because of this and has usually been content to be by himself with his toys. Until I enrolled him in boy scouts. What a change in personality and behavior. He looks forward to every meeting and is driving me absolutely crazy about his very 1st upcoming camping trip. He was able to learn the motto, promise and law in 1 week. I have never seen him so excited about anything. I love that his den leader and pack makes him feel a part of everything good. If nothing else ever comes of this comment I can feel blessed that I have a child who is loving life and enjoying every minute of being a Tiger cub scout.
Oct 14, 2011 - JerilynnASM Troop189
As a parent of a scout with special needs, I can't say how thankful I am that scouting is still going strong after 100 years. My son is on the Autism Spectrum and has challenges in social situations. Scouting, with it guidelines, and use of the patrol method, has helped him feel like he has friends and belongs. It can help boys from all walks of life, but for those who need structured, active, outdoor socialization, it can't be beat.
Oct 14, 2011 - Mws
I love scouting because it teaches kids character- respect, kindness,compassion,responsibility. Too often today these things are overlooked
Oct 15, 2011 - Kim Wheeler Pack 184 Slapout, AL
My son Colton is 6 years old. He joined the tiger cubs this year in our area. This has been a blessing for me because his father has been in Iraq serving our country since April 2011. When he left Colton didn't want to continue to play the sport he loved because his dad wasn't here to watch him. Well, school started and he found out he could join the scouts! It has been AWESOME! He finally has something that he enjoys doing and can't wait to share this with his daddy. Our first camping trip is Saturday, Oct. 22 at Fort Tulouse in Wetumpka, Alabama. We are getting ready this week and he is soooooo excited and been talking to his daddy about it on Skype!

I would like to encourage all those parents out there that have loved ones deployed to encourage your children to join the boy or girl scouts. This has given my son a new outlook on what his father is doing and how he can better things by being a boy scout!

Thanks,
Kim Wheeler
Deatsville, Alabama
Oct 15, 2011 - Wendi
My son is a Tiger in Cub Scouts, this is our first year and we are all very excited about how this will help mold him into a wonderful young man. This will teach him how to be kind and help others as well as give him the confidence he will need as he goes through school. This will also teach him responsibility. PS Would you like to buy some Popcorn? :-)
Oct 15, 2011 - Wendi
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Oct 15, 2011 - SevenCs
Scouting is equal opportunity for all! The experience scouts get from merit badges, community service projects, camping and rank advancements turns young boys into leaders.

We are proud parents of three Boys Scouts and one Girl Scout. The values that scouting instills in these future leaders is priceless.

See you at the Summit 2013!
Oct 16, 2011 - Laura Carlson
We rely on Boy Scouts to encourage our son to become the man we know God wants him to be. My husband, the other leaders, and myself work together to support and role model for the boys how they can really make a significant change in our world. It is rewarding to be part of a long history of scouting leaders, and our son feels a sense of belonging to this history. It is pretty neat!
Oct 16, 2011 - Michelle
My husband and I always knew cub scouts and boy scouts are great organizations to teach and encourage young boys to grow into adult leaders. They have the great opportunities to experience and develop their skills and talents. My husband and I started out by taking our oldest son to cub scouts and five years later, my husband is the Cub Master and I am a den leader. We now have two sons in Cub Scouts and our oldest is in Boy Scouts. My husband and I have grown along the way in teaching young boys and ourselves in how to be leaders. The value of scouting is priceless!!
Oct 17, 2011 - kaliph
We find it beneficial for our sons to join scouting because they pick up a lot of worthy traits, such as self-reliance and confidence while taking part in a number of fun activities and learning respect for others.
Oct 17, 2011 - John
Scouting is a great environment for boys to have a place in which to learn about leadership and most importantly make mistakes. Being able to try things out and not be too concerned with the outcome encourages creativity and inginuity.
Oct 17, 2011 - Melissa Bailey
In this time of instant gratification and world at our fingertips ideals we find ourselves detached and distant from the values that families use to pride themselves upon. For years I raised my oldest son as a single mother and struggled to help him while he dealt with his grandmother we lived with move hours away and his grandfather pass away. He then had to learn to accept moving a few time, the addition of a stepfather, and eventually two siblings. He had trouble in school although he was advanced at an early age, then was diagnosed with ADHD. For us cub scouts is a blessing, a way God is helping him feel accepted and a sense of belonging and helping us develop a way of teaching him the values that we desire for our children. We now have the tool needed to help with the growth of this young man into the man God has planned. Not only is our son effected, but the whole family, as it effects the relationship with not only us, but his siblings too. My son has not been in cub scouts long but has shown a dramatic transformation already, he as pride in what he does for the scouts and looks forward to the meetings feels truly accepted. Thank you for a program that is designed to help with these values I spoke of, in a way the boys can relate to and excel at.
Oct 17, 2011 - Katie Starling
Over the past 100 years of boy scouting it has been shown time and again that children who participate in scouting benefit for life! The core values instilled as a part of the cub scout program are values that are often missing from other youth-targeted programs. But it is not only the boys who benefit!
Last year, as my son's adult partner when he was a tiger cub, I had the opportunity to see what scouting was all about. I was content for the time to take a more passive role, and observe. When I was asked to step up as the den leader for this year's tiger cub den I was happy to step up to the challenge! The boys bring out the best in their leaders as we strive to bring out the best in our boys!
Additionally, the community benefits as well when the boys visit nursing homes for carolling during the holidays, or collect food for the local food bank, or clean up parks and common areas, etc...
Oct 17, 2011 - Sherry Smothermon-Short
Being a Scout gets my son outdoors!
Oct 18, 2011 - Mr T
Scouting is both group and individually oriented. There are no team 'cuts' - every scout has the opportunity to become the best he can.
Leadership development for youth in scouting is at a level like no other organization can offer.
Oct 18, 2011 - Arno
Scouting helps boys grow in many ways. It makes them more well-rounded. They get involved in more community activities. They do more outside and learn to respect nature as well as other people. The boys get to meet other Scouts and it is a binding force across geographies and generations.
Oct 18, 2011 - Scoutingmom
I am a mom of two boys and they are both in scouts, one is in boy scouts and the other is a webelos. I am the den leader for my younger son. We have so much fun together that we wouldn't otherwise have if it weren't for the scouting program. We sing together, we put on skits together, we camp together,we learn together. I don't think we would ever do a lot of these things if it weren't for scouting. We are a scouting family. Thank you Robert Baden-Powell
Oct 18, 2011 - Michelle
Scouting taught my son responsibility and leadership. He has learned many skills and enjoys teaching those skills to younger scouts.
Oct 18, 2011 - Heidi
Scouts is such a fantastic organization. Can't think of a better way to start off a well rounded person. From family involvement to strong leadership role models to everyday life skills and even those not needed in everyday life but cool or useful to know. Scouting is the place to be.
Oct 18, 2011 - Bill
Scouting, and the boys it produces are the last great hope for saving our country.
Oct 18, 2011 - Dirk
Scouting teaches our boys leadership skills and life skills. It tries to instill values that he will be able to draw from for his entire life. It gets him outdoors and trains him to be self-sufficient, to lead and to be lead.
Oct 18, 2011 - Caleb Wright
As a scout, no better extracurricular activity provides kids with the same benefits and amount of fun. We learn about everything from outdoor skills to nature to leadership to fitness, and have a lot of fun doing it. We also get an amazing sense of self-accomplishment from earning the various awards and being a part of something. We also establish many lasting, rewarding friendships and mentorships with adults.
Oct 18, 2011 - Jeff Gray
Scouting has provided my son, who has no interest in sports, great activities. He just completed a very rugged 11 mile backpacking trip without blinking. Furthermore, the emphasis on character can't be beat.
Oct 18, 2011 - Angela
My 9 year old Webelo scout has had his share of changes in his life this last year... divorced parents, moving to a new city, new school, etc. Continuing with cub scouts is one thing I could keep constant. I believe in the old-fashioned values that are taught -- respect of country, your fellow-man, the environment, along with the opportunity to have positive male role models in his life. But most of all, it's just plain good boyhood FUN!
Oct 18, 2011 - Bruce Parshall
Scouting is one of the few places left that teach that values of citizenship, self-reliance, duty to God and County, service and morality are important. It is remarkable that they have stayed the course over the years through difficult times when it would have been so much easier to go along with the social trends. The principles that are embodied in Scouting will serve any young man well throughout his life.

Take this, add a healthy appreciation for the world around him, sprinkle a large dose of fun all around and you have a good description of the Scouting experience.
Oct 18, 2011 - Tammy
This is our first year in scouting. My son is a Tiger and I am a co-den leader. This site has been such a wonderful resource of information. Thank you!!!
Oct 18, 2011 - Anita
My 13 year old foster son has been truly blessed by his experiences with Boy Scouts this year. It has taught him responsibilities and that it is not so bad taking responsibility for ones actions. He has come a long way in adhering to the principles of scouting. It has improved his interaction and communication with his peers at school. The positive role models he has encountered has helped improve his values and respect for others. BSA is a blessing for us!! Thank You!!
Oct 18, 2011 - Daniel
Scouting teaches children to be a valuable citizen. By joining scouting, children practice the values with their families and friends.
Oct 18, 2011 - Janet
Scouting gives boys the opportunity to grow and learn as individuals that can be both leaders and part of a team. They participate in fun, educational, challenging experiences that develop skills and values that will benefit their communities in the future.
Oct 18, 2011 - Greg Green
Because Scouting is universal in makes a major move easier for the boys. We moved mid-summer from Detroit to Boston, so we moved into a new town after school was out and many people were gone. My son was able join into the local Boy Scout Troop, and went to Summer Camp with them 3 weeks after we arrived. He had an instant base of trustworthy friends which carried him into a smooth transition at the new school.
Oct 18, 2011 - Karen
As grandparents, we have been blessed with the opportunity to share in the joy and life lessons of Scouting. We are Den Leaders for our adopted 10 year old grandson who began Scouts as a Tiger Cub. My husband and I have witnessed 9 boys grow together as a team and individuals while learning essential life skills together. September 2011, after 5 years of Scouting, our Webelos II Den earned their Arrow of Light. Each of them represented our Pack as Leaders and gentlemen. We are proud to be part of their lives and honored knowing any child who understands the 12 virtues of the Scout Law, has a head start in life!
Oct 18, 2011 - jason
Scouting gives boys the chance to learn many different life skills that will not find anywhere else. Where else can you learn to cook, fix a car, go whitewater rafting and go rock climbing with your friends.
Oct 18, 2011 - Lacey
My son is in first grade and just joined scouts. I think Tiger cubs is great because it is giving us more ways and ideas to do things as a family.
Oct 19, 2011 - ann,rosenberge
Scouting has helped my son build friendships that will last a life time.It is a true family activity.
Oct 19, 2011 - Cecilia Andes
Becoming a scout gives children a good start in life. It teaches good morals. And also teaches them responsability. Plus it gets them out in nature. And it gives them a sense of belonging to a group. I really do think it makes a huge difference in their futures.
Oct 19, 2011 - Debbie
Scouting is important because it is a way to assist a young man into the passage of manhood. It is a way for a young man to learn to set goals, to set up a plan to achieve those goals, and to achieve those goals without ever really feeling overwhelmed. Scouting teaches a young man morals and values and that he should be proud to exemplify those values. Scouting teaches him to work together as a team and yet still stay individualized. He learns that he can determine his path in the scouting adventure and he learns to work with others as he ventures to achieve his path. Scouting helps to prepare a young man for his future. Scouting will long stay in a man's heart and mind no matter how many years pass!
Oct 19, 2011 - Sami
Having 5 sisters and no brothers, my son NEEDED something that allowed him to hang out with boys his age and do boy things.

He's not overly athletic and so boy scouts is perfect. It provide an environment where he can be one of the boys without having to be a star athlete and where he is accepted for who he is.

He has made so many friends and has an awesome den leader. This year my husband was able to arrange his schedule and assists the den leader each week. My son thinks it's the coolest thing. He not only gets to hang out with 9 boys for an hour once a week, but with his dad too.

I am so thankful for the scouting program and what it has already done for my son. It motivates him to be the best he can be and he's so excited to learn and try new things. A perfect way to build self esteem!!

THANK YOU!!
Oct 19, 2011 - Kevin
I feel that Scouting is necessary in the life of a young man because it gives them time to assess their values. Each young man needs time to sit and think about what is important to them. Scouting gives boys the chance to experiment with wholesome activities and determine how they are going to become successful. Merit badges give boys the chance to discover their likes and dislikes, if each boy could see the potential of the merit badge program as a way for them to find a career that they love, how many more happy families would the world have today.

Scouting can do all of this in a safe friendly environment that is filled with support. When you ask who needs Scouts, I say every boy who every wanted to not only figure out what they want to be when they grow up, but WHO they want to be.
Oct 19, 2011 - Tim
Coming from a military family, being organized and disciplined has always been a priority. A focus on the family unit and respect for one's self, one's country and those around you is vital. I feel that by my son joining scouting, these values will only be strengthened, combined with the inherent fun that comes with scouting. Making new friends, feeling pride in accomplishing tasks and preparing for life's adverntures all while having a great time are things that can hardly be done in any other way. Thank you, Boy Scouts, for the opprtunity!
Oct 19, 2011 - Tom
Scouting teaches leadership, self-worth, and encourages initiative. Something that is learned and re-enforced is better then not doing anything at all.
Oct 19, 2011 - Howard
I think scouting teaches life skills in a very unique way. I definitely identify with BP's "game with a purpose". My oldest son is a bear, and I have one who will be a tiger next year and another two ears after that. The opportunities that they will have TOGETHER as scouts are some that they would get from no other activity. It is definitely a family priority.
Oct 19, 2011 - Tanya
When my son came home with the notification of a meeting tot joing the cub scouts, I thought fondly back to my own childhood days scouting. He was so excited that night going to the first roundup. It was chaos. Kids were running and screaming everywhere. I wondered, "Is this was cub scouts is going to be like?"

It wasn't until the first pack meeting when I truly realized how life changing this adventure would be. Our son did not want to leave once the meeting was over. Even more, a couple of the Bear and Webelos scouts he had just met that night were begging us if he could stay a little longer. They all made fast friends.

In the past two years since that roundup, my wife and I have been overjoyed watching that shy, timid first grader turn into the adventurous kid he's grown to be. The best example was this past weekend. Despite all efforts we have made at home, he was petrified of riding his bike without the training wheels. At our district's Cuboree, another scout brought his own bike. He watched that Tiger cub ride that bike all over the campgrounds. On his own volition, he asked the other boy if he could have a turn without any idea mom and dad were watching from afar. After two quick failed starts, he nailed it. Soon it was our son racing around the facility as all the other cubscouts followed.

The confidence Scouting has instilled upon him can not be understated. At den meetings, he's the first to raise his hand to be the leader. At pack meetings, he's the first to offer to help clean up. At group outings, he's always the first to extend a warm thank you to our host. This, to me, is why every child should experience scouting. The experiences, the education, the inolvement, it's priceless.
Oct 30, 2011 - Paul
Joining Cubs or Scouts is a great way for kids to learn to use the skills and knowledge they are taught and be confident in all aspects of their life. They promote camraderie and a sense achievement amongst the group, especially when they work together as a group. Life skills learn't at this point in their will stay with the kids and help them in multitude of circumstances for the rest of their lifes.

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