When my twin boys started first grade, we noticed a table in the lobby while attending our school’s Curriculum Night. It turned out to be the Boy Scouts of America! Several leaders and scouts were on hand to give us information and invite us to a meeting. At their age, it was explained, our boys would join the Tiger Scouts and eventually work their way up to being a Boy Scout. They talked about camping trips, family activities, and much more. It sounded like fun! Before we knew it, my husband was leading their age group! Throughout the year, they attended a hockey game, went camping, entered a pine wood derby, earned badges, and did much more with their scouting friends. My boys recently started second grade and are excited about being Wolf Scouts this year!
Now, when people hear the word “scouting,” they usually think of camping first. And while that’s a great part of being a Boy Scout, there’s much more to the program. I was excited to learn that the Boy Scouts of America is rolling out a new curriculum with an emphasis on STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Kids can now earn 31 STEM-related badges, including one for Robotics! I really like that this program can help kids develop relevant life skills.
Another thing I like about Boy Scouts is that it emphasizes family involvement. Scouting isn’t something you just watch your kids do from the sidelines. They strongly encourage activities that involve the whole family. Last year, as a family and scouting activity, we all attended a local festival that focused on community safety. The kids especially loved seeing our local firefighters show off their equipment. It was a great day for parents and kids alike. In scouting, especially with the younger children, they really encourage kids to acquire good values and embrace family relationships.
The Boy Scouts of America have been around for a long time, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t changed with the times. They still teach the “old-fashioned” values of family, friends and outdoor fun, but they’ve also evolved into a modern organization that focuses on technology and healthy living. If you have a son in elementary school, I hope you’ll seek out and attend a Boy Scouts of America meeting. Check them out and see if they’re right for your family!