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.

So, if you'd like to learn more about how your son can Be A Scout you can visit HERE.  Thanks for reading.

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