I have FOUR brothers – crazy, huh? Here’s a picture of me with three of them at Disney in the 80s (no comments on my Magnum PI shirt please). At the time my mom was pregnant with the fourth brother. I can’t imagine being pregnant and trucking around Disney with four children, but that’s another story.
One thing I think was a big deal in my brothers’ lives was the Boy Scouts of America, so when I received the opportunity to write about them, I took it. I would definitely say that it was hard for my parents to figure out what all four boys were going to do that didn’t require shuttling everyone around to multiple locations but would still be fun and engaging for males of different ages. Boy Scouts fit the bill.
All four brothers were involved in Scouts for many years, and my parents were den parents. I won’t show you a picture of them because my dad had a huge gut in his Scouting shirt and I don’t want to scare you. I will say that it was something the whole family engaged in (I even participated because I loved the events). Each year we would do the Pinewood Derby. I think I loved decorating the cars more than my brothers (hello future crafter!). We also loved the camping. I believe in scouting and saw the difference it made in turning my brothers into young men.
Here are the reasons your son should Be A Scout
- Relieve the Back-To-School Tension – Scouting helps round out a boy’s education and gives him supplementary experiences outside the classroom that can increase his confidence and comfort level with other students.
- Healthy Living – Scouting keeps kids involved in activities that keep them active, in shape, and educated on proper nutrition.
- Exploring Future Tech – Scouting isn’t just tying knots and camping. It’s also introducing young boys to the technologies that are shaping the future. Through scouting, boys are being exposed to skills that they probably would never have had the chance to learn otherwise.
- Bringing Family Together – I love that scouting involves the entire family. So many of the activities and goals that the boys participate in involve the family. A big part of Boy Scouts is building and strengthening family relationships.
I hope you’ll consider it. I know my brothers loved it – maybe your sons would too!