My two oldest boys, now 14 and 15, never got into Cub Scouts. They had various excuses as to why they didn’t want to join the local troop and I was all about transitioning our newly blended family so I didn’t insist.
My youngest will be entering 2nd grade on September 6th. Our family is fully transitioned and is now your typical family of dysfunction and chaos. I’m strong enough to be insistent that my little guy join the Cub Scout troop at his school.
The lessons the scouts instill are valuable and meant to be used life-long. Skills that can only come from outside the home and through a group that has been around, teaching boys for over a century. A CENTURY!
Boy Scouts may help where I am lacking in the teaching of my son. Their goal is to build character and teach them to be more productive, conscientious and compassionate human citizens.
I want that for all my children. So I’m signing my son up when school starts. As a mother, I want my child to grow up with all the values that the Cub Scouts stand for. Trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent. Qualities that produce upstanding, successful citizens. Maybe, through my son belonging to the Cub Scouts, the rest of our children will learn through him. Well, one can hope, right?
There are a couple of our family friends whose sons are active in Boy Scouts. They are fine examples of what the scouts produce. Kids that a mom would be proud of and would love to have around their children.
For more information on the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, please visit Boy Scouts through Scholastic for a downloadable Adventure manual and a fun adventure skills quiz for your future Boy Scout to explore.
disclosure: This is a compensated post but that does not change the fact that I am signing my son up for Cub Scouts on Sept. 6.