October 04, 2011

Boy Scouts of America

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When I found out I was having a boy I started to think about all the things he would do.  I pictured brothers wrestling.  I pictured him wearing a little tie and going to church.  I pictured him learning to play baseball in the backyard.  AND, I always pictured my boys being Boy Scouts.  Boy Scouts of America is an organization I definitely plan to have my boys be a part of.

I recently got the chance to go meet and talk with Rick Barnes, who is the Scout Executive for the Great Salt Lake Council.  I got to ask him questions and he showed me around the office there.  

As I mentioned before, I've always planned on having my boys be scouts, but this visit convinced me even more.  I think the easiest way to explain why is for me to give you the top 6 reasons my boys will be boy scouts:

1) Boy Scouts of America teach values that I believe in.  The scout law states that a scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, reverent.  Talk about summing it all up! That's exactly what I'd like my sons to be.

2) Scouting promotes an active lifestyle.  I don't want my kids to be the type of kids who want to watch TV or play video games all day.  I want them to love adventure and the world around them.  Scouting is just that.  There's a lot of camping and activities involved.  I think that's awesome.

3) Unity.  There have been times in my life when I have found so much happiness in being a part of something much bigger than myself.  I've sung in an amazing choir.  I'm a part of a world wide women's organization that does so much good.    I want my boys to have the chance to see what good people can do when they come together.

4) Self-confidence.  While I my visit Rick showed me some pictures of a trip he recently took with some scouts.  He explained that there was one boy who was quite timid about going rafting.  By the end of the trip he was riding front and center, having the time of his life.  I believe scouting can help boys gain confidence as the achieve their goals and conquer their fears.

5) Success.  I read about a study that was done, comparing scouts to boys who had never been scouts.  The scouts were more likely to have higher levels of education, higher earnings, and own their own home.  While that may seem strange, it also makes sense.  They are taught to work hard and to set and achieve goals.

6) Great leaders.  While there are some paid positions in scouting, there are also thousands of volunteers as well.  There are 30,000 volunteers in Utah alone.  These people are passionate about what they do.  I would love to have my children taught by good people who believe in these values enough to volunteer their time and efforts.

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Melanie@Crafty Cupboard said...

My husband and his family made the news early this year when his little brother became an Eagle Scout, the 8th Eagle in their family. We have a picture of all 7 boys and their dad in their scout shirts and bandanas, and it is pretty darn awesome!! They love the scout program, and with our first boy on the way... you better believe we're gearing up for it.

Momma Button said...

I love BSA!! My boys were all members and one actually made it to Eagle. My husband has been involved in leadership positions for over 30 years. I don't know of a better organization for boys to be involved with.

Stephanie said...

I was part (and still am part) of Girl Guiding in the UK. I loved the experiences it gave me and now I am a volunteer leader I love to give back those experiences.
I think it is great that you are passionate about your boys becoming boy scouts!

Pack 813 Cubs said...

I have been involved with Cub Scouts going on 20 years. My son is an Eagle Scout. I love what Scouting has done for myself and for me!

eLBie said...

My husband is an Eagle Scout who still upholds all the reasons you give for having your boys be boyscouts. I know he's a little bummed because we have two girls and girl scouts do not always give the same experience.

Anna @ Blue Dirt said...

My husband is an eagle scout as well. We have two boys, but don't plan on putting them in until they are older. The hubs started when he was 12, so there's plenty of time.

Stacie @ azoho.com said...

We're a Scouting Family too. Start them young (Cub Scouts) and be involved. Your children will have a better experience if you're involved.

irisgripri said...

I'd love to have my boy be part of an organization that really has all the values you describe. However, we have some gay friends and my own father has been in a happy relationship with another man for more than 20 years. If I don't want my boy to be taught that gay people are not able to lead and take care of others, I guess Boy Scouts is not a good option for us.

aStarToSteerHerBy said...

My father is a scoutmaster, and my brother is an Eagle. My husband is an Eagle. I worked at a BSA national high adventure base for several years (actually, where I met my husband). Boy Scouts turns boys into men--even troubled boys! Additionally, I saw the scouting environment change the lives of young adult staff members!

Scouting teaches character, discipline, and appreciation for the earth. I can think of no better organization for my children to join.

Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants said...

Boy Scouts made all the difference in my 3rd sons life! It became his place, and he made great friends who are his closest friends even now. He began when he was in first grade and made Eagle his Senior year. My husband was the Scout Master of his troop. They have years of stories and memories that they will never forget! I love the program and hope that it continues to be around, the challenge for them is to stay current.

meganleiann said...

My husband (who works in the corporate world) told me once that a man who has make it all the way through Eagle Scout and puts it on a resume is significantly more likely to be hired- his company has been known to count that above advanced degrees.

Hikingtee said...

Thank you so much for sharing this. Although my son is almost 30 and has been out of Scouting since he turned 18, I have stayed on and am now starting down at the bottom with Tigers (or maybe Lions if they come to my area). You have given the argument over why to choose Scouting over sports. Thank you so much.


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