This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Boy Scouts of America. All opinions are 100% mine.
I tried Girl Scouts for several years and while it is a very worthwhile program, it just doesn’t have that same outdoorsy emphasis that the Boy Scouts of America did. They seemed to do all the cool stuff. Camping. Knots. Cooking over a campfire.
Over the years I attended a lot of Boyscout events in support of my brother-who eventually became an Eagle Scout. There was always something special about seeing all those boys of different ages and their pride in scouting. Sure-they may have been tearing around in the parking lot pushing each other and telling terrible jokes a few minutes before-but once the meeting started seeing them all in their uniforms and saying the oath with such seriousness:
On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.
Well, for a few minutes-they were completely different boys. I particularly remember visiting my brother on family day at Camp Roosevelt in Maine (which honestly was about 5 miles from our house-really-just by chance) and sitting in the dinning hall for an event and reading the various parts of the Boy Scout Law that were posted around the room. “A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.”
Who wouldn’t want their boys to aspire to such things?
Buddy is a very active boy, so we didn’t start him in Tiger Scouts when we could have. . . but now that he’s eight and settled down a bit we plan on getting him involved in scouting this year. I want him to grow up learning those same ideals.
Maybe like his uncle he will some day become an Eagle Scout as well!
If you want to learn more about the Boy Scouts of America check out their great web page: Be A Scout.