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Recently I was asked to attend a Boy Scouts of America meeting to see what they did and share with you guys.  As a mom of three girls I was a little leery of heading into a room full of boys, but being married to an Eagle Scout (the highest level you can achieve in Boy Scouts) I was well prepared.

Actually now that I sit down to write about it, I have had the pleasure of attending two Boy Scout meetings/events.  We ran into about 150 Boy Scouts heading in for a camp out inside the Tennessee aquarium last week, all eager to spend a night with the fish, snakes, turtles etc.

At both a regular meeting and the Aquarium night I was surprised by the number of dad’s that were scout leaders for each troop.  It was awesome to see that this wasn’t just something that parents were sending there kids off to be entertained for a few hours, but instead something where grown men are modeling leadership to boys.  I was also surprised by what they did at the meetings.  I guess with a room full of boys you have to be prepared, but they had a number of activities from ciphering to first aid practice and knot tying practice.  (The knot tying wasn’t knew to me, I’m pretty sure that my husband could secure anything in the world with one piece of rope thanks to the crazy knot tying skills he learned through Boy Scouts.)

Did you know that Scouts have core values that they aim to live by:
Trustworthy. Loyal. Helpful. Friendly. Courteous. Kind. Obedient. Cheerful. Thrifty. Brave. Clean. Reverent.

For me as a mom of three girls I heard this and instantly my brain went to what kind of men I hope my girls some day marry (I know that’s all we girls think about).  Seriously though, if I could help to raise a future son-in-law, this is what I want.  Someone who learns from early on the importance of values, hard work, team work, and even cheerfulness.  Actually thinking about my husband, these are most of the qualities in him that I cherish!

What do those words mean to you?  I would guess that you would love for your sons or future sons-in-law to strive for these in every area of their life.

In case you are wondering it is never too late in the year to join scouting, head over to Be A Scout for information on joining the boy scouts.  (Also for all the dads of little girls out there you can still be a scout leader, no one said you had to be young to participate).

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    • Melissaallen31302

      I think its building confidence and skills that our boys of America won’t learn elsewhere.  I can not wait to put my son in boyscouts once he’s big enough

    • Anonymous

      my husband is also an eagle scout. he had great experiences in scouts growing up and thinks it’s a wonderful way to build camaraderie with guys and instill pride and develop character.

    • Andrea Nashville

      It is important for a child to become a scout because it shapes our boys into the men of tomorrow.  My son just became a Tiger Cub (1st level, 1st grade boy scout).  The excitement he has is contagious!  Life is good being a scout or parent of a scout!

    • robin

      I think becoming a Boy Scount teaches responsibility, honor and integrity  and is an awesome organization for boys!

    • Shawn Howell

      I have a 3 year old son who I hope will one day be interested in Boy Scouts. Boy scouts are beneficial in that they teach life and wilderness skills. They also teach boys how to work together, become leaders, and help others. Love the Boy Scouts!

    • Wendy

      I was a girl scout and learned independence, self reliance, and empathy.  Every single child should be given the opportunity to learn such wonderful traits.

    • Anonymous

      Being a scout teaches boys and young men the importance of being active. It is a well rounded curriculum that teaches all the aspects of an active and productive lifestyle. Being active mentally by learning new skills, being active physically through sports and outdoor activities and being an active part of your community.

    • Tracyseconi

      I have 2 girls in scouts and have been a leader myself.  There are countless benfits to scouting.  I often say that I got just as much out of scouts as my kids.  It changed my life and has molded their’s into being a better person!!

    • Audrey

      I thik it’s beneficial for children to become scouts because it promotes both a love for the  outdoors and the need for serving your community.

    • Tabitha

      It offers boys an opportunity to learn values and create friendships.

    • SherylHerr

      As a single mom of a little boy, I plan on entering him into Scouts as soon as he’s able. As a single sister of 3 brothers, I’ve spent a ridiculous amount of time with Boy Scouts growing up. I was a Girl Scout (and an honorary Boy Scout as well… I look at it as having the best of both worlds). The experiences that we had were truly amazing and the core values that we’ve learned have stayed with us on into our adult lives.
      I couldn’t stress enough how much your child (and you) could benefit from Scouts.

    • Dawn

      It teaches them tons of things. How to get along with others, teaches them team work and teaches them that there is always time for fun in life.

    • Busterperdue

      I think it builds respect in our young men and gives them knowledge that will stay with them the rest of there lives.

    • Caseyr1417

      growing up as a kid, i didnt know much about the boy scouts, probably more so because i was raised in the country and basically lived outside as it was. once i got older and realized what the boy scouts did, it made me interested. they teach not only about out doors and how to survive in the wilderness, but also respect for one another, how to work as a team, and how to be an over all better child/young adult. the skills they teach children could follow them all the way through their lives and hopefully pass the skills down to their children. this would also lead to parents being more involved in what their children are doing. overall, boy scouts are the future generations and the more they learn, the better off we’ll all be in the future

    • Toddrhowell

      It teaches young men to have the courage to be true to themselves using the self confidence gained through scouting activities.

    • Dfamilyof5

      The Boys Scouts teaches boys lifelong skills that are practical.  It teaches them respect of all living things and helps build self esteem.  You can always pick the boy scout/eagle scout out of the crowd… he’s the one always starting the fire and is prepared for anything!  Boy Scouts ROCK!

    • Debbie T.

      I love scouting.  I am the Girl Scout leader for my daughter’s Brownie Troop.  It is amazing to see the scouting experience impact girls.  It makes them stronger more secure leaders.  :) Scouts.

    • Briannehutch

      Growing up with three brothers who were all in boy scouts it was easy to see all the fun they had but they also learned a lot more. Being boys scouts taught them loyalty, responsibility, team work, commitment, and many other important life skills. I can’t wait until my boys are old enough to join!

    • Vandyatkins

      I believe it is very important to instill good values in children at a young age. Its not neccesarily about the skills but the fellowship and solid moral building that is important.

    • Blairford

      My son is in scouts and there are so many good things about it… but to me the thing that’s actually most beneficial is that it sets aside time for him to spend with his dad.

    • Adriennemcgriff

      I have seen the growth in maturity through my son’s involvement with Scouts that I don’t see in other boys who don’t get this opportunity to learn leadership skills and teamwork that is a part of everything from weekly meetings to campouts. 

    • April

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    • Mquick

      There are many boys without male role models.  As mothers, we can only do so much.  Boy scouts allows boys to be taught integrity, honor, and ethics by male role models.  For those lucky enough to have wonderful, full-time fathers, it allows them to spend quality time together.  And the final plus, they are able to get away from icky girls.

    • Courtlynn1003

      I think being in boy scouts teaches the boys things that they can use indoors and outdoors. I have two boys, one is a cub scout and the other is in Webelos. We just went our first mom and me campout and I sure could have used this gear this weekend. Great experience for the boys to be in.

    • specialkay76

      The Boy Scouts are a family. Sometimes a family to those who don’t have a family. Being a boy scout builds character, teaches skills, creates friendships that last a lifetime, builds confidence in the abilities, and gives support to children of all ages. In a society filled with video games and tv, the boy scouts still show kids that there is an entire world to explore and learn. On a side note, we need more children who are raised into men! Love watching a young man ask if someone could use there help, whether it be helping an elderly person carry in their groceries, or standing up for another kid being picked on at school! You guys are great!!!

    • Christie

      I think it is great for a child to be in Boy Scouts because of the lessons they learn. Its not just about camping, it also teaches respect and the kids turn into better adults. I fully support Boy Scouts in fund raising and all they do. Way to go Boy Scouts! Thank you to all the people that volunteer their time and efforts to support this group.

    • DeAnna OFlaherty

      My son, Declan has just joined scouts! He is so excited about the camping and fishing. it is a great way to build character and community participation.

    • April

      I have two boys currently 5 and 3 and can not wait for them to be old enough to start Boy Scouts.  I think that it’s important to be part of a group like this for many reasons, but it also helps them make strong, lasting friendships.  And both of my boys LOVE the outdoors.

    • Triozoo

      For my son, it has certainly taught him self confidence and social skills! God Bless those troup leaders…an active troop takes dedicated adults!!

    • Ke32201

      I think its beneficial for a child to become a scout because it helps to instill good values and they learn a lot and have a lot of fun. 

    • Bns5165

      Scouting builds character;  helps to form and develop values, common sense; and teaches many valuable life lessons.    It’s fun; it’s exciting; it’s wonderful!!!

    • Jennkilleen

      I believe being the proud mother of three Devil Pups and wife to an awesome United States Marine sometimes dad can’t be home and being in the Boy Scouts our boys can learn to be strong respectful young men by other Scouts or the other fathers who participate in the organization. This being said it goes for all young men, those either from a two parent household or single parent household. I believe the Boy Scouts is a strong organization that teaches independence, respect and honor just as we as military families instill in our kids.

    • Dawnmarie

      Having grown up in a family with a scout leader and brothers who were Boy Scouts (one who even achieved Eagle Scout), I have seen the benefits of scouting.  When our Boy is just a little bit older, we certainly plan to get him started with the organization that can help build character and personal strength in a young man.  

      Oh, and we JUST last month went camping for the first time with our little guy!

    • stella

      I think young boys today can benefit greatly by joining the Boys Scouts in countless ways. To become respectful, good citizens, also while learning a good work ethic and respect for others as well as our planet.

    • Amanda Craig

      I think that Scouts in a great program to develop character and leadership skills. Plus it is a lot of fun and the boys love it!

    • Jan Dean

      I think that it is benefical for a child to be a scout because it teaches them to become responsible, gives them knowledge about things.  Most of all it gets them in touch with the outdoors and nature’s experience.  I think it is a great thing for all children.  Keep it going scouts.

    • Frypower – Angie

      I think its totally beneficial for a child to join the scouts.  It gives them the positive experiences I as a parent want for my children.  The children have fun meeting others while learning wonderful tools to use in their lives as they grow up!  It is so much more than just earning badges for projects…even though the child might not know it at the time!  My husband and I are already thrilled for the day for our sons to join, as daddy did it and tells them all about it! 

    • Katie

      In today’s society everything is geared towards self, how to improve yourself, how to get the best things for yourself. Scouts offers a different perspective, it looks outwards and shows boys how to change their thinking. Great reason to be a scout.

    • Anonymous

      I was a girl scout and I loved it!  I also have a nephew who just became an Eagle Scout a few months ago.  I believe scouting teaches young people responsibility, determination, teamwork, and respect.  It also helps to counteract what technology has done to this world.  It is fun and teaches handy life skills.

    • Rachaelhaden

      I think it’s beneficial for a child to be a boy scout because of the practical skills they learn and the importance placed on values.

    • Jennifer126

      I believe that the life lessons these young boys can learn in the Scouts are skills and morales that are carreid throughout their lives.  We are shaping tomorrow’s leaders and the BSA is a great place for young men to learn what it is like to be a role model.  My son is a tiger scout and last night they were taught how to properly retire an American flag that had been damaged during the Alabama tornadoes.  He also earned his Bobcat badge last night and is very eager to do the good deed needed to make that badge upright.  It warms my heart to see him so excited to do good.

    • Stefanie

      Scouting has changed my sons life, he is a child with Autism and he when he started scouts he did not speak to other children and would not get involved in activities, this is his second yr and he now is doing great.. interacts with the other boys, will respond to his scout leader and joining in when there are activities.. he is now making friends at school and doing so much better. he loves the camping trips we have been able to take part in, and i know he would love a chance to win all this camping gear 

    • Cindyblye

      I really wish our boys had become Scouts.  It teaches respect, teamwork, and how to be a real man in a world that seems to have lost the will to hang on to the values that this country was founded on.  Go Scouts!

    • Linmjone

      I think having a wholeaome team building, person improving outlet is so important for our youth. There are so many things out there that can hurt our kids, why not provided them with safe and fun things to do and learn from?

    • Cherylbavaro

      There is so much that these boys will learn through scout that they can carry with them the rest of their lives. My husband is an Eagle Scout and my oldest son just started Tiger Scouts a few weeks ago. We are all looking forward to the many things he will learn. 

    • Pattytroach

      I raised three Boy Scouts. I made it to Life the other two made their Eagle. i also had a daughter who was a Girl Scout and earned her Silver and Gold Award. Camping was a large part of our lives. They were able to experience many things and made tons of memories. My oldest went to the Army and was able to take things he learned while camping into his military career. My oldest grandson is now a Webelo scout and is being able to experience the same things.

    • Alicia H.

      Granted, most of the kids that take the time to join and be active in Boy Scouts are taught a lot of the basic lessons of life at home, but organizations such as this one just reinforce it. I have several cousins who are Eagle Scouts, and they have grown up to be fine young men. I imagine being in the Boy Scouts had something to do with it ;-)

    • Tlnorton3

      I have been a scout leader for 14 years.. ever since my oldest son (an Eagle Scout) entered as a Tiger in Cub Scouting at age 6.  I have seen a LOT of boys become men over the years.  The leadership, confidence, and attitude of a true scout SHOWS!  I have two more boys coming up through the ranks of Boy Scouting and I’m looking forward to them achieving all that is available to them through scouting!  I’m proud of my scouting family!!

    • stephylow

      I believe the Boy Scouts of America to be a genuine life experience teacher. As a mother of three boys and a nephew in the scouts, I can attest to the valuable and memorable adventures they have had in their lives. Whether it is camping in North Carolina, or having fun at a scout meeting with boys their own age, I would not trade a moment and neither would they!

    • Vicki

      My two boys joined Cub Scouts this year and they are having a blast.  I can already see a difference in their manners and  attitude towards everyone. We use the core values of scouting as learning tools in everything they do.  I am always asking “What would a good Scout do?” I am currently taking courses to become a Webelos leading and am looking forward to the great adventure of Scouting with both my boys! Joining the Scouts is a great way for me and my husband to help our boys to be better men.

    • Deanacruse

      Boy Scouts is a wonderful organization.  My son is involved in Cub Scouts now.  He learns many things that will benefit him as he grows older.  I think the best thing about Scouts in general, is that they help these boys grow into responsible men.  They teach them values that for some would otherwise never learn.

    • Anonymous

      It’s beneficial for a child to become a scout because it gives them the opportunity to learn social skills that they will need later in life, as well as how to work with others as a team.

    • Donna

      My oldest grandson is a boyscout.  As a child interested in the arts with a father who is more the sports type, boy scouts has drawn them together with a common bond. This year his mother and younger brother have become involved and scouting is now a whole family activity.  Scouting is educational and helps make boys into good citizens while having fun in the process.

    • Abbie Hendrix

      I have a son in scouts.  I love that he is making life long friendships in addition to learning skills, values and morals that will follow him throughout his life.

    • Laura Little

      My 9 yr old has recently joined our local boy scouts. I have learned so far that this is the type of program that all mothers of sons should want them in. My son is learning to become a man by watching the leaders and learning from their experiences. First and formost he is learning God, Family and charity.. all qualities that will help him become the kind of man that will do good for this world and nation good… I could only hope to win the gear because we dont have any camping equipment and we are in for some camping ahead.. thanks..

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      Respect responsibility and character development

    • Jessica

      I think with how the world is today, all boys should become scouts. My 2 sons and eventually my 3rd will become a scout. They are just cub scouts now but already they are learning to value things such as religion, community, trust, honor and respect. These things use to be very valued and become more and more discreet these days. I think it takes courage for people to have these values because some people look at you as clinging to guns and religion. Which it is not. Its about holding onto true values that have shaped our great country. I can only hope my boys go as far as they can in scouts to truly learn what it means to become a contributing citizen in America.

    • Moorebree

      I am so excited to see information about the Boy Scouts on here. My dad and brother are both Eagle Scouts and I can’t wait to sign my son up next year. We love camping as a family and would encourage everyone to try it. 

    • Kathy

      I think it teaches them how to be respectful all around good people.

    • momtosam

      Setting goals and achieving them builds character and confidence. Boy Scouts helps boys attain both through the many endeavors they accomplish.

    • Christi

      Scouting helps to bring the old fashioned values back to our culture that have been removed by time, technology, etc.  I really love how when the scouts go on their outings, they are not allowed to bring electronic devices which makes them interact with one another.  The core things that scouts are taught (bravery, cheerfulness, revent, clean, thrifty, etc.) is all values that we need in every generation.  Scouting is an amazing program where each one teaches one and these values are carried on.  Hooray for Scouting!

    • Roarkes_chick

      I think every little boy or girl needs to join the scouts, it teaches core vaules that they can take anywhere with them. It teaches how to interact with others the right way and how to handle themselfs in a useful manner. It teaches them how to survive as boys and girls. Also it teaches them that they can do it that you don’t have to depend on others, that children or young adult have the power to move moutains all they have to do is believe in themselves.

    • Meltyner14

      My 6yr old son just became a Cub Scout! It is an amazing and rewarding experience for him and my husband!! They have thier first camping trip in a few weeks, it sure would be nice to have some new camping gear for the trip >wink wink<

    • Tiffani

      I am the mother of two boys as well as the assistant cub master of their Cub Scout pack.  It has been a wonderful experience to watch the boys in our pack develop and live by these core values.  It is extremely important for men to step up and be good role models for these young boys.  We have many women in our pack who are in leadership roles, but it is the men who need to set the example for the boys, especially the boys who do not have this positive influence in their lives.

    • Lauren

      It teaches boys to follow through with commitment and learn to work together as a team. Also, they can learn survival skills and practice them. One day they just might need to use these skills!

    • Sheena Mosley

      I think it is beneficial because it teaches them resosbility, team work, social skills, honesty, to be kind to each other. and it really makes them stronger people as they grow to be adults. I have 2 boys that are in scouts and they have learned so much and have grown so much since becoming involved with scouting. 

    • Brit Schirra

      My 7year old is a wolf scout this year. After just one year of only being able to attend meetings (no extra activities sure to scheduling conflicts), he has grown in his self control and self confidence! He was able to attend a weekend trip to the yorktown and loved the time with his dad and other boys. The older boys were good role models for him and I look forward to when he will be a role model for younger boys in a few years. He will actually attend his first camping trip next weekend and he is very exited! Boy scouts will help him learn important leadership skills for adulthood. I am so proud of my boy scout!

    • Ferneemery

      I was a Girl Scout, and the value it teaches you is immeasurable.  You learn survival skills, civic duty, business skills and caring for your environment.  I hope my son wants to be a scout.

    • Denise

      Kids today, unfortunately, are not taught about respect at home like they once were. The Boy Scouts teach them about respect and about building character. It also teaches them valuable skills that they will use throughout their lives. Every child needs an outlet to express themselves and the Boy Scouts provide that in very postive ways.

    • Marianne

      Scouts grow up to be good and responsible citizens with a gusto for life!

    • Pedspech

      My son is currently in Webelos and in two years he will be going into boy scouts.  He is the oldest of my three boys, so I see many years of scouting in my future!  He has already learned so much and I am sure will continue to learn as we go forward.  I think it is important for the boys to participate in the activities that keep them grounded and teach more practical skills (rather than spending all of their free time with some gaming device).

    • Slrackley

      Being a Scout is like being a true American! Scouts Honor!

    • Jessica

      Scouts whether Girl or Boy are so important because Scouts prepare kids to be upstanding members of the community as adults who will see needs within the community and find ways to meet those needs.  Not to mention all of the fun they get to have- I can’t wait for my little boy to be old enough to be a Cub Scout.

    • Camie

      My oldest was a scout and my 6year old just joined scouts.  It helps the boys meet new friends and teaches them how to grow into responsible young men.  I love that part of the cub scout pledge states, ” I promise to to do my best, to do my duty to God and my country, to help other people…..” I think that really sums it all up!

    • Jerrianne

      I am a believer in the whole scouting experience and think all children should be exposed to the positive beliefs learned from participating in such excellent programs.

    • Justscnana

      The Boy Scout Association is one of the best tools to teach, responsibility, respectfulness and kindness  to others, dedication, honesty, and social skills!  I have seen the ones you were participates when they were young, and it always shows they were a scout at one time in their lives!  One of the best tools in America for young boys!

    • Jen

      My son (Wolf) and hubby (Leader) are both involved in Boy Scouts.  The things that they have learned!!  Wow!  It’s also brought them closer together as father/son and all of us as a family (Family Pack Nights, weekend outings, etc.).  To show the values they are learning…yesterday was the Kiwanis Terrific Kids ceremony at my son’s school.  Not only was he nominated, but there were several other scouts as well on the stage…several parents made comments about it!  I’m proud of my two scouts!!

    • Valerie_peterson01

      Scouting is great because of its focus on the outdoors and learning how to be self-sufficient.

    • Wendy

      I love the scouting program.  As a mom of one boy in cub scouts, one who can’t wait to be in cub scouts and one still on the way it’s pretty much going to be a big part of our lives for quite a long time. :) My oldest son has made some great friends in scouting and it’s such a wonderful opportunity for boys to learn the skills and life lessons that you don’t really get to see elsewhere in our society because of the increasing focus on technology. 

    • Rmjctn

      It teaches them life lessons that some Scouts dont get at home or anywhere else. It teaches them how to become a man. It can be the one Constance thing in a childs life that doesn’t change and they learn things that they will take with them for the rest of their life. It helps them become  and learn Independence at the same time they grow and learn to work with as a team. If more Boys would join Scouts it would be a better world because they it keeps them off the streets, out of trouble and Boy Scouts will produce children that are trustworthy, honest, loyal etc..It will help them to use these life lessons with work, marriage,and  friendships. Boy Scouts are taught to be an example and if others would follow it would be a much more peaceful place to live. They are our leaders of tomorrow. 

    • Connie

      Boys and Girls benefit from being involved in Scouting.  My daughter is a confident and helpful thanks to scouts.  Wish my son had stayed in after 3rd grade.

    • Thanks4yourbiz

      I am a mom of two Scouts. My children started in 1st grade as a Tiger Cub and my oldest is now a senior in high school and he earned his Eagle Scout rank this past summer and my youngest in a 10th grade who now is a life scout, and he is about to work on his Eagle Scout project.

      Both boys have been in scouting for 11 years.  My husband, his father and his grandfather all were Eagle Scouts as well.

      I know the men in our family hold great pride in the program. 

      My Children and husband live by the Boy Scout Law everyday.
      They make a difference in there community, school and work.

      Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.

      Scouting and good hard work has paid off for our family.  I highly recommend every family with boys to join the scouting program. It makes a big difference in how they boys grow up.

      Thanks Crystal Brooks

    • Randy

      As the Father of a Scout, I can tell you the skills these young men learn is so valuable for their future. Not only are they tomorrow’s son in laws (that’s a good one) they are also tomorrows business leaders, Military leaders, law enforcement Mayors and Presidents. With allot of today’s youth looking up to “Thug Rap Stars” it’s so comforting to know there is still an organization that teaches yesterdays values to the youth of today so that can carry them values on and pass them down to the youth of tomorrow.

    • Envchemist

      My husband is a life long Scouter–and it shows.  He’s a great Father, great employee, and a wonderful husband!  He has taken those core values and turned them into a way of life.  I have also been involved in Scouting and what I have seen is families pulled together.  Faith is a part of scouting because a Scout is reverent.  Scouting has brought families to Church.  It really is so much more than that “1 hour a week” meeting!!!

    • Dawn

      Boy Scouts have helped create leaders today and continue to for the future…mother of a life scout and webelo. Wife of an Eagle.

    • Smcowan2

      My son just became a Cub Scout and I can’t wait to see what he learns! I know they teach strong values and I am glad he will learn practical skills he will need to know as he grows.

    • Lori

      All three are my sons are active with Boy Scouts. My oldest son is currently working on his Eagle Scout project. BSA is a great way for boys to learn life skills and leadership skills. I’ve seen my sons grow, mature, and learn through this outstanding organization.

    • Ctomblin

      Scouting provides kids with tools and values that will help them to succeed in life.  My daughter is a Girl Scout and my son can’t wait until he’s old enough to join Boy Scouts.

    • Mamcnation

      They learn to work together as a team, valuable leadership skills, even survival skills! My husband & son enjoy Scouts. They have grown closer as a result of spending time going to meetings, working on merit badges together, and all the fun activities the troop participates in like camping, hiking, working on Eagle projects, and just helping out those in need! 

    • Teachergirl225

      My sons are both in scouting. My oldest is now a 1st class boy scout on his way to receiving Eagle Scout. My youngest son will be finishing Cub Scouts this March. Both of my sons entered Cub Scouts in 1st grade as Tiger Cubs and earned the highest rank in Cub Scouts. I have been a Cub Scout leader for 5 years. I can’t express the impact scouts have had on my sons. My oldest son has developed a curiosity for nature and creatures of all shapes and sizes. Both of my sons are prepared for emergencies, whether it be medical in nature of a safety threat. They are able to identify harmful plants, animals, etc. They have learned that a Scouts duty is to set an example and help his classmates, friends, family, etc. My list of benefits could go on and on. To sum it up, I can already see what a tremendous impact scouts has had on both of my sons and I can’t wait to see what kind of men they become.

    • I have a Webelo in our local Cub Scout Pack.  My son is Autistic, learning disabled, and generally uncoordinated.  Before he reached age 6 (the age at which you can become a cub scout) we had already tried Karate and Soccer. Both lead to disappointment and feelings of failure for him.  From the moment he entered his first meeting as a tiger scout my son felt like he belonged. He has enjoyed being outdoors, he has made friends, he is learning so much, and is proud to be a member of Pack 50! The boys in his group show so much tolerance and are so kind to him despite how different he is. I think they are all learning from each other. My husband and I have made lifelong friends with the other scouting parents and both of my tag-a-longs (a scouts younger siblings) look forward to meetings and camp-outs!  Scouts is one of the best things to happen to my son in his life and I know he will continue to enjoy scouting for years to come. 

    • Jgma510

      With 2 Eagle Scouts, and a husband for a Scoutmaster, I am proud to say that Scouting is very beneficial for any young boy!   My boys grew up in Scouting and learned so much.. from working with others, to be being more confident, and always doing their best.  Scouting is not just about camping and tying knots, it teaches life lessons …. take for instance the Scout Law.. A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Cheerful, Friendly, Thrifty, Courageous, Respectful, and cares for the Environment! My boys will be better people in life because of Scouting and all that it has taught them, I am so proud of them and would encourage all moms out there to get their boys involved. 

    • Vdfmama

      I believe boy scouts teaches boys how to be a true man. Not only in survival but also how to treat and respect others!

    • Shanna

      I have no brothers and never really knew what Boy Scouts were about. I’m glad to read that there are still some wholesome outlets for boys becoming men, and I completely agree those are the qualities that make good man, good friend, and good mate. I very strongly prefer a man who likes outdoor activities, can create things with his hands, and can tie a darn knot!

    • Wsmith

      Boy Scouts teaches character and skills that will be used in every aspect of life. High standards are upheld and giving back to the community is priceless. What more could you ask for?

    • Thereesegang

      This is the second year for both of my sons to be in Scouts.  Our society has placed way too much importance on self and what you can get out of this world.  Scouts teaches young boys to become the most important thing of all, SERVANT LEADERS.  Too many young men enter adulthood being feminized and not knowing how to truly lead their own families. Scouts gives them the servant skills they need with character development, and the boys just think they are having fun with all of the cool things they get to do!!!

    • Tonya M

      My Son was a Boy Scout for 2 years. He had been in some trouble at school and we were looking for an activity for him that would help him learn a little self control. Being a Scout was excellent for him, as it would be for all boys! He learned valuable team work and problem solving skills that will benefit him throughout his adult life as well. He learned the self control that he needed along with self confidence and respect. Being a Scout teaches all little boys how to grow up into good honest men who can be proud of themselves!

    • Jan Nolin

      I have two Eagle Scouts and a First Class Scout.  Scouting teaches character and teaches boys how to become men.  It is a great program!

    • Kaamour

      Scouts learn to be drug free and stays out of trouble most often due to learning right and wrong because of the awards they learn which help in life. Many of the boys carry what they learn to adulthood and often do awarding careers. So I want that for my child. He deserves the best possible role models

    • Laura

      My 12 year old was a cub scout, but when I had my second son and lost my job, I could no longer afford for him to participate. He had just crossed over to boy scouts and they did alot of camping and I couldn’t afford any of the equipment. He still considers himself a boy scout. Boy scouting gave him confidence in himself and if I won this for him I could re-enroll him. I like that scouting teaches morals, God, country, and self.

    • Cbeard2

      I love the Scout program for my son.  This is our second year and we just got back from a den meeting last night.  I love that the program instills the values of building community, protecting our environment and building strong, healthy bodies…  all the things I like to teach him and it doesn’t come from me!  The boys have so much fun learning the knots and earning belt loop awards.  They hardly realize they are learning life-lessons.

      I would really appreciate the Boy Scouts Camping gear.  Our pack is wonderful, but some of the boys don’t have the money to buy camping gear.  If we won the prize, we’d share it with our group!

    • Jo

      I have three boys and I cherish the moments when I see these values and qualities emerging. Perhaps one day my boys will be Boy Scouts. I would love for them to develop the skills and character that are synonymous with the Boy Scouts!

    • Lisafaync

      My son is 9 and a Webelo 1. He LOVES the Boy Scouts. My husband attends every meeting and event with him. It isn’t only for the boys! Both of our daughters attend every event and camping trip with them! They really enjoy the time with their Daddy and their friends who also come to the camp outs. Our children have learned many life skills, such as trust, manners and leadership. And they can tie a pretty awesome knot!! :) 

    • Karen

      my son joined cub scouts a couple years ago. He has loved it and has had a great time. I have noticed  the increase in teamwork( in a non-athletic way) and his willingness to learn and try new things. It has really helped him mature and grow as a boy.

    • Jsray0128

      My son is a Webelos II and I love that he learns what it is to be a man – to take care of himself and provide for himself.

    • Amy

      I have two sons, one is a Cub Scout and the other is a Boy Scout.  Boys need to learn these skills to become independent men who can be prepared for anything that may come their way.  They also teach them to think of others before they think of themselves, which is a trait more people should strive to have.

      On a side note, the reason why so many dads were probably there is because many troops do not allow women to participate.  I was a Cub Scout leader for 5 years for my oldest son and 1 year for my youngest.  The Boy Scouts are missing out on some valuable volunteers by following this policy. :(

      • Smetcalf

        Any troop that does not allow moms to participate is in the wrong- that goes against BSA policy that is currently in place.  If a mom is turned away, she only needs to contact her local council to get the problem resolved.  We have been fortunate to belong to troops that have been very welcoming to women.  I have 2 scouts- one’s an Eagle and the other is set to get Eagle this year and they both could not have achieved it without the women who have given their time and talents within both their troops and our local council!! 

    • Mauid

      My 7 year old actually just had his first scout meeting last night. The excitement he felt was contagious! To make it even more exciting, his dad, who works crazy long hours, is going to be his den leader!! I love that the values I am trying to instill in him at home and church are going to be the same values that the Boys scout live by, and that he will be with a group of young men who are all learning the same values. My son if a follower, and I am hopeful that the scouts will teach him how to be an amazing leader. The life skills the boys learn in scouts will carry them throughout their entire life.

    • Lani Mccrorie

      My son has been scouting for about a year now and loves it! He and his Dad had the opportunity to go to camp together over the summer which was a first for them both. They absolutely loved it and I love the time that they spend together being involved in scouts. We are hoping to venture out and camp as a family soon which will be a first for me and my daughter. I love seeing the caring, responsible young man that my son is becoming and that being  a scout encourages.

    • Muscadinewine

      As a single mom, I have my son enrolled in scouting for the first time this year.  This is a wonderful organization that not only has male roll models for my 7year old.  In addition to seeing the roll models in action he gets the much needed male attention that he now needs.  Boy scouts also incorporates the entire family and doesn’t single anyone out.  They accept all families as they are and are willing to step in where needed.  Wishing we would have started last year instead of waiting for this year!

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    • John Hance

      I am a father of one well behaved boy (and two wonderful girls!), and he asked me if he could join the Cub Scouts. We attended our first meeting last Monday, and I have signed up to be a volunteer Parent Leader to model the values of Scouting to the boys in our pack. We are both looking forward to this upcoming year of scouting, and to many more years of it in the future! I believe the core values this experience will instill in my son will guide him into making good decisions well into his adulthood. 

    • Smith797341

      My son is a Boy Scout.  Boy Scouts reinforces the same values we teach him at home.  I also like the fact that we as parents can be involved with him @Scouts.  I want him to grow up to a gentleman with manners, integrity & respect.   

    • Heather

      My husband is an Eagle Scout. Nearly every time one of his many Godly and outstanding character qualities and/or skills is complimented, there is usually a strong connection to his scouting experience. I can’t wait for our son to learn those same skills and values!

    • Pollard1184

      The core values that are taught are values I hope my son will learn and live by also.

    • Chris

      I see the benefits in the forms of integrity, confidence and leadership – in both my husband (an Eagle Scout) and my 13-year-old Star Scout. The values are timeless.

    • Mombogogo

      My son is just a review away from achieving his Eagle Scout rank. As homes homeschoolers we’re involved in many extracurricular activities, but I can honestly say that it’s through scouting that my son has developed and matured the most. A naturally shy young man, he has gained immeasurable confidence in himself and his abilities. Once (in spite of being involved in speech and debate also) he was scared to say hello to most people. Because of the emphasis scouting places on developing leadership skills, my son is a leader. Younger boys look up to him, and the scoutmaster and troop adults know that he can be counted on in any situation. It would be enough if this was the case with just my son, but I have seen this same thing played out with so many of the boys in his – and other – troops. Boys that were shy become confident, and boys that were boisterous become focused. Scouting is a wonderful program that truly molds character, and I would highly recommend it to any family that wishes to raise men of honor and integrity.

    • Zimmerfamily

      It is so importance for boys to joins scouting, the biggest benifit I have seen as mother of a scout is learning how to be a leader, our son has a small troop (4 boys) and thre is no where to hide in this small of a troop, everyone must take a roll in leadership. I have seen my son bloosum from a awkward young man, into a confindence leader no where else do boys and young men have the opportunity to leasn leadership in this way.

    • Ashley

      I think Boy Scouts is great for many reasons.  It teaches responsibility, sense of community, respect for nature and other people.

    • Kidstuffgirl

      Gives them role models to look up to!

    • Anonymous

      great mentoring for young kids

    • Lynn

      My husband is a Eagle Scout and my son is a Boy Scout. My husband has so many skills he learned from scounting that make him  a better husband and father. We are moving and he has moved ahead of us so I am now learning to be a Scout mom. All this is new to me but I am learning and what they teach are values that last a lifetime.

    • Cathy

      As a mom of three boycouts I can vouch for what an amazing program this is.  It teaches boys all the important things in life that we don’t always know, or have time to teach our kids ourselves.  Everything from values to first aid, cooking, water sports, home improvement and safety, finance, and of course monthly camping trips!

    • Asperomano

      Isn’t that like the induction to manhood? Every boy needs a scouting badge and learn to camp, climb, and just be a well rounded man! My 2 boys get to start next year, i can’t wait

    • Denice

      My son is a Cub Scout and it has helped him in so many ways.  He is more confident and outgoing now than he was before, he he is learning skills that will last a lifetime, and he is having so much fun with his fellow Scouts.  What a great organization!  We camp out a lot and would love the camping gear!

    • cc2011

      I think scouting is a very beneficial way for boys to learn core values and see the same reflected in their peers in the group. Scouting offers a lot of boys the opportunity to do lots of activities they may otherwise never be able to experience. I feel sports are valuable at teaching teamwork, but scouts teach this and so much more. 

    • Cheryl

      My three year old can’t wait to be old enough to be a scout. His big sisters are girl scouts and when the older boy scouts are set up to volunteer at some of the events I run he begs to join them. Scouts teach your kids to be good leaders, to serve God and your country and most importantly the value of lending a hand!

    • Jiglypuff247

      My son started as a tiger cub and earned his eagle this year! Scouting has opened so many doors for him. I jokingly told him that he was going on his 3rd once in a lifetime experience this past year. Spending 7 weeks living in a dirt floor tent teaching people how to build trails! What a job for  a 17 year old. He and I also “Paid to work” 16 days last year @ jamboree and are planning on Paying to Work again in 2013!  

    • Elizabeth

      Because boy scouts teach responsibility, integrity and leadership 

    • Nichole_michele

      My son became a Tiger Scout last month! This was 100 % his idea. His doctor told us to hold off on an organized activities because his social axiety was so high. We have tried so many other things. But he wanted to join so bad. After researching some and attending orientation, I realized it was so much more then roasting marshmellows and shooting bow and arrows. So far we have had 2 meetings and a hike and he LOVES it! and I love the basic morals and manners that are being taught in a way that I  ( the “mom) can’t. With so many negative influences around kids constantly, its nice to know that the boy scouts are here. I hope that he stays in, all the way to an Eagle scout! and the $500 worth of campling gear will get us off to a great start ;) for our camping trip next month and the next several years!

    • Sarah Kodinsky

      Ooh, I would love some more camping gear. I’m a mom of three boys. It’s great that the scouts teach boys those character qualities, along with lots of safety skills. With all the adventure that my 3 boys are bent on, I would surely be grateful for them to learn how to survive and be safe while being adventurous!!

    • Drstephvdw

      I married an eagle scout too :-)

    • Laura S

      My son actually just joined Cub Scouts. He is so excited about it, too. We had our first meeting Sunday and the entire family went and it was a really great time for everyone. One of the things that struck me on the way to the meeting this past Sunday, was that Cub Scouts (and then eventually he’ll move on to Boy Scouts) was going to be a great thing for our family.

      My husband works second shift and if he doesn’t get up in the morning to see the boys before school he and our children will not see each other during the week. Being able to be a part of the Boy Scouts family will help to bring our family together during meetings and camp outs and other activities and allow us to connect as a family. This is so important and such a great thing because in the past we did not always make the time for just our family because we are so busy and our schedules are always conflicting. I really love that family is important to the scouts and that we can all attend the meetings and camp outs with our son. 

      Aside from encouraging our family to connect I think this program is going to be great for our son and great for any boy. I can see from the activities and events that are to come that it will help our son to grow and mature into a young man and then a man who is not only responsible, but respectable and respectful to others as well as considerate. 

      I know we are new to Cub Scouts and the whole Boy Scouts family but I honestly think this is something boys should be a part of. The world is so fast-paced and changing so quickly, to have something that reminds us of the the basics and the important values is priceless. 

    • C8h10n4o2 001

      For you girls out there is also Venturing Scouts (a division of BSA) for Boys and girls ages 14-21 with lots of high adventure activities and camping also

    • Jessica

      My husband is an Eagle Scout, and our only son is working on finishing the paperwork for his Eagle Scout award.  Scouting supports things we teach in our family.  The scouting program lifts, teaches, supports our boys/men in a world where there is a lot of men bashing… I feel it is a very important program to prepare them for their future.

    • Cristy421

      I think anyone would love to be a Scout,the core values they learn as young  boys help them into becoming men one day.Not only does the Scouts teach teamwork ,leadership skills,helping others,all these skills plus many more I think has help young boys stay out of trouble ,out of jail and maybe even out of a grave.The skills learned can help the with any type of realtionship or any type of problem them may encounter in their lives .I think  we all need to give back to the Scouts becasue they give back to our communites with great leaders and over all great boys .There is no better core values then the ones taught becoming a Scount and you earning what you get at each step of the way .

    • Rseaver3

      My son just advanced into boy scouts from cub scouts. They have taught my son many life saving and everyday survival skills. Two years ago my son was nine years old and he saved me and my younger son from drowning. I was trying to save my son when he started to struggle and he began to pull me under. My wonderful son jumped in and rescued us both. Three days later I was trying to get my youngest son to take a nap when my middle child started to choke on a lifesaver he performed the heimlich maneuver and saved him again with things that he had learned in scouts. I love the scouts program!!

    • Melissasfreeman

      Great quality time for my son with his dad

    • Asgcoach

      As the sister of an Eagle Scout, I have seen first-hand how Boy Scouts facilitates the family in creating real men (gentlemen, in fact).

    • Ethnicalchic

       In today’s media saturated world, children are saturated with sedentary recreational activities that are mindless time fillers.  Most video games are violent and encourage competitive, self-centered themes. The boy scouts are integral in encouraging boys to explore nature, be physically active, and most importantly proactive in a culture of apathy and mediocrity.  To encourage boys to grow into men of integrity is imperative and a result of the scouting core values.

    • FReebern30

      Scouting promotes character and responsibility. I’ve seen my first grader transform before my eyes after joining the scouts and I’ll be sure to sign up my preschooler too.

    • Lynne

      My husband is an Eagle Scout, and I have 2 out of 3 sons involved in scouts as well.  I think scouts has given them more confidence, leadership ablilties, important bonding time with their dad, and survival skills.  It ‘s an awesome program!

    • sue

      I want my son to learn responsibility and to be proactive – that is  why he joined the cub scouts last week.

    • Sue8768

      My son was involved in boy scouts for about 3 years until he really took off into baseball. While he was in boy scouts he learned a lot about teamwork, ethics and self reliance. I believe that boy scouts really helped to mold him into the young boy he is today.

    • mom2riley

      My son recently reconnected with Boy Scouts after losing his local troup(the leader could no longer manage the troup so it was disbanded). He joined through a troup at church and even at 14, he is enjoying the bond the boys have with each other. He is a confident, strong, thoughtful, caring young man and I must credit Boy Scouts for contributing to his development. I would urge all parents to consider the benefits of joining Scouts. My son has been on numerous camping trips, has cleaned up local beaches and participated in a variety of community activities-he is already giving back at a young age. My deepest thanks go out to the organization for creating leaders of tomorrow.

      • mom2riley

        In addition- our local troup could desperately use the gear and we would donate it back to the Scouts. They have minimal supplies and cannot accomodate more boys due to this- I would love for all of the boys who want to join to be able to do so and for each child to be able to participate on the overnight trips.

    • Sunshine

      How can we not hope and pray children will all learn these qualities.     Trustworthy. Loyal. Helpful. Friendly. Courteous. Kind. Obedient. Cheerful. Thrifty. Brave. Clean. Reverent. 

      Our family loves to camp!!!

    • Michelle Smith

      My son is an First Class scout and would love to win camping gear.  I think it is important for boys to be Boy Scouts because it teaches them to give back, think of others and get in touch with nature.

    • Madhatter31

      It is important to my husband and myself that our son grow up to be a valuable part of his community and to learn that in serving his community well, he will serve God as well.

    • Kristi1998

      We have two boys (5 & 7) and a girl (2).  Our 7 yr old just became a cub scout last month, and we are already seeing the positive impact the program has on him.  He loves going to the meetings with his daddy, and they are looking forward to their first campout together (in less than 3 weeks).  This is something new to us, so we have NO camping gear.  Not even sure where to start, to be honest.  So, winning some camping gear would be a HUGE blessing to get my guys started on this awesome adventure together!  We’re looking forward to seeing all the things they’ll be learning this year…..and for years to come.  :-)

    • Shelia B.

      My son is currently two levels from becoming an Eagle. I love that he’s been able to build his self-confidence through the years learning with the scouts. And it’s awesome that he gets to build confidence in himself while having fun and hanging out with boys from families who share those important core values. When I see them all in action, the thing that impresses me the most is how they are a unified group regardless of age, skin color, etc that works together and helps each other. Scouting was one of the best programs we ever got involved with.

    • Teresa Wright

      Did you know that a lot of our Presidents were Boy Scouts??? True! BSA is a great way for boys to learn character, integrity, and how to do basic skills that they can take with them in life!! As a girl, I was a Honorary Boy Scout for many years (of a family of girls and both parents were involved with Scouts)

    • LSingletary

      My son just began cub scouts this year as a Tiger Cub, and I can already tell it will be a great thing for him. He has already earned his first badge by learning, with much enthusiasm, the motto, law, handshake and other requirements, all in about a week! (His younger brother is already learning them, too) He and his father(assistant Den Leader) are spending a lot of time together discussing Scouting things, and his first camp out is coming up in a couple of weeks. I feel scouting will not only help to enrich my boys’ relationship with their father, but also help us in our efforts to instill the values and morals in our boys that seem to be so rare in modern society. It will help us a lot  on the road to making our boys into men- real men!!!

    • Merobertson

      As a mom of a cubscout & a den leader, I could not tell you in a few words why it is so benneficial for boys to become scouts.  I have a very active den of 10 boys, I have seen these boys grow in such an amazing way.  They have learned the core values & in my opinion they represent them every day.  These are wonderful boys and although mom & dad try to instill good morals & values, mom & dad are not with these boys 24/7.  So anytime you have another adult who not only tries to teach them these values, but we also explain why they are so important, this is a huge advantage to these boys.  I am proud of my scout & I hope & pray he achieves his eagle!  If I win this, I will donate it to my pack, we have many families that do not have nor can afford camping gear, there for their scout can not usually attend the campouts.  This would be a huge help!  Scouting is the best activity out there for boys, and it is not only less expensive than most sports, it helps to  raise our boys & turn them into wonderful men, fathers & husbands!

    • Caitwagner

      There are so many life lessons that a boy can learn in scouts: Survival skills, responsibility, accountability, hard work, rescue skills, carpentry skills….etc! One memory that I have from being in Girl Scouts is learning to balance a check book. My parents never tought me this, but I still use this skill today!

    • Jrussell0403

      This is perfect timing! My oldest son is starting scouts tomorrow night! My brother is an Eagle scout and it has served him well all these years!

      I can’t wait for my 3 boys to all be involved in scouting to learn some wonderful life lessons!

    • Susan

      I am the mother of an Eagle Scout.  He is now in college and because of his time in the scouts, I think that is why he is so trustworthy and driven to achieve to be the best he can be!

    • leharwell50

      Boy Scouts is an excellent way for boys and their fathers to bond while learning valuable skills.  It is a great program and I love hearing my brother and his son talk of all the wonderful service projects they do.  Cameron was especially excited to participate in the historic pinewood derby.  And camping is the greatest!  I have a brother-in law who was an Eagle Scout.  How wonderful it is to have generations of familes to gather and discuss all the fond memories of scouting! 

    • Amyls01

      I hope both my boys will become Scouts to build character and learn practical life skills.

    • Erin

      I think scouting teaches responsibility, self-reliance, and good values to young people–I can’t wait for my little guy to be old enough to participate! :)

    • Debbie

      I actually just printed out a priority list to try to help my son get his priorities in order and scouts is third on the list behind God/Family and school.  I beleive it helps to teach boys to become great citizens and leaders in our country. And it helps Parents spend time with their boys.  Camping gear is not only something family’s should have to have fun camping but they are essentials that all boys should learn how to use just in case it becomes a necessity.

    • Rebecca Duke

      Both of my boys are involved in scouting. My oldest has been involved since he was a wolf (2nd grade). He has just recently earned the rank of tenderfoot as a boy scout. My youngest son started as a tiger last year. I am taking the journey with him, serving as his den leader for the 2nd year. Boy Scouting is a wonderful program that teaches important skills for life. Both of my boys plan on working their way up to Eagle Scout.

    • Georgia Mom

      My husband is an Eagle Scout and his son is 15 and has been in Scouts since he was 10. It teaches him so many life lessons along with plenty of self esteem. We LOVE the boyscouts!!!

    • Lauren Christenbury

      I think it’s beneficial for a child to be a boy scout because it helps instill values and ethics that I think a lot of children lack these days. As a teacher I can honestly say I can see positive characteristics and traits in the students who are a part of organizations such as boy scouts. Aside from that it teaches them to always be prepared and it’s nice to marry someone who knows how to do certain things learned only in boy scouts!!

    • Jodisprague

      Being involved with boy scouts is so beneficial to boys because it teaches them so many morals, which they no longer are allowed teach in public school.

    • Snjeddy

      My son just joined Tiger cubs and my husband is the Den leader. We love camoing as a familly.

    • SarahLynn

      My son has just joined Cub Scouts and is a new Tiger Cub this year.  After his first den meeting of blasting off rockets, he said “this is the best day of my life”.  What can be better than teaching your son such important values in life as to do your duty and to do your best, all while having the “best days of your life”!!

    • April-glaze

      All young boys should experience this oppuritinity!

    • Lara

      My son is a Webelos scout this year.  Next year he will move up to Boy Scouts.  Scouts teaches responsibility, service to others, respect of others, and many practical life skills.  I fear our country is becoming so dependent on technology that we forget to get our kids outside.  Scouts offers a way to teach the boys outdoor skills that might otherwise become obsolete.  I should stop now, because I could keep going on why Scouts, both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are so important to our children!

    • Laura Bishop

      The day I found out I was pregnant with a BOY my husband and I had a talk about how our son would be in the boy scouts-for all of its core values! Men are de-masculated a bit in this day-in-age and it is imperative that they start life out not only with these core values taught, but to be able to express and LIVE them. Survival skills are life saving and necessary, and frankly-FUN! My son is only 2, but my husband and  I cannot wait to embark on many adventures in the great out doors as a part of the boy scouts. The boy scouts allow a boy to connect with his wild and adventurous heart and  begin his trek to manhood. It’s a beautiful thing. 

    • Tlwefuqua

      My son joined Cub Scouts two years ago.  I have seen his self confidence level rise tremendously.  He has learned so many things about himself.  It has made him a stronger person both mentally and physically.  He looks forward to each weeks meetings.  Our family has also grown closer as a result of his becoming a scout.  We spend much more quality time together learning new hobbys, such at letterbo, fishing and camping.  I pray that my daughter finds an Eagle Scout to spend the rest of her life with! 

    • Anonymous

      Scouts are a great way for kids to experience and learn new skills.  And for dads of girls, you can also be a girl scout leader (my husband is a registered girl scout and helps out the two troops our girls are in.

    • Scout Dad

      My sons are involved in BSA and I am their Assistant Scoutmaster. BSA is beneficial to boys because it teaches them to be responsible young men.

    • Kristin

      Great father son time and they learn to work with others.

    • Crmejean

      Boy Scouts are amazing!  This is an organization that teaches our boys to become the type of men we need in this world.  Support them any way you can!

    • Abspearman

      My son signed up for BSA recently–we are very excited because they teach them about values and topics that seem to be lost in today’s society. 

    • my3sons

      Great learning experiences and teaches them to be great young men!

    • RJ

      I am not an outdoor girl, but my husband and boys love to be outside – camping and hiking!  I think Dads and sons getting outside, active and unplugged is an awesome thing!  All those core values look ok too  ;-)

    • Theresa

      I have a boy scout, a cub scout and a daisy scout in my home.  My children are learning responsibility, respect for themselves and others, survival skills (both in nature and in the home) and so many other skills that will benefit them in life.  My husband and I were both scouts as children.  My children are starting to see any goal or dream in life as achievable with a little hard work and discipline. Attending Philmont is the current goal of my oldest son–which is still 3 years away for him.  We are also working on being able to send him to the next Jamboree.  At 11 years old, he takes his scouting responsibilities very seriously. My boys wear their uniforms with pride.  My daughter began her scouting experience this week with her very first Daisy troop meeting.  She was so excited that she was almost floating on air!!  In our home, $500 of camping gear would be SO beneficial.  My husband is my middle child’s Den leader and I am my daughter’s troop co-leader.  There’s a lot of camping that goes on my household to say the least.  Scouting ROCKS!!

    • Anonymous

      My son is 11 & has been a scout since he was 6 yrs old.  Scouting gives him a reason to learn & perform many task that will grow him into a great young man.  Here’s an example: He’s a little on the shy side & he hates to call his friends on the phone when he just wants to talk about Legos or video games so he always asks me to call just in case he has to speak with a parent.  Well, now that he is a patrol leader there are many times he has to call his fellow scouts for announcements.  He never asks for help even though he’s aware he will probably get a parent on the phone.  He knows it’s part of his job & he takes it seriously.  Also, he has the opportunity to be around great fathers who want to help out & they serve as role models.  Scouting has given him a purpose to succeed & work hard in school b/c he knows that his school work must be completed before he attends campouts, etc. It also gives him goals to work towards.  Once he achieves those goals he is rewarded & recognized & then given more responsibility.  Scouting is awesome for my son & my husband.

    • my hippo

      Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts are wonderful programs not only for the boys, but also for the family.  Scouting is a family activity.  It has allowed my family to spend all sorts of unforgettable times together such as gathering food for the food bank, jumping into a freezing pool together for the Polar Bear Plunge, or even selling popcorn from door to door.  We have had a blast together with each others and our new extended family in our pack.  We have watched our son and daughter both grow in to confident, caring, helpful, inquisitive, and resourceful children who appreciate spending time with their friends, family, and community.

    • Secret Couponer

      Son is in it, so far it teaches them to think ahead and helps them realize their actions have consequences (something my son really needs to work on)…I think it is great for them.

    • Anonymous

      My son has been in scouting for about 6 years. It actually encouraged me to become involved and step up and be a leader myself. He is constantly being challenged to explore new ideas and activities. He has learned how to get along with others, make sound decisions, and have fun outside his normal element.

    • Amber Petty

      My oldest son is a Tiger Cub this year. We put him in after him begging all through Kindergarten (they have to be 7 or in 1st grade) to join. My husband was a cubscout too. I love that they let them be little boys. In a world that is all about technology and computers, they forget to just go outside and play! My husband (and me too! Very much family oriented) is getting to spend more father/son time with him, just the other day they went fishing for the Fishing rodeo! We are going camping in 2 weekends, and he has a blast! My 4 year old can’t wait to join either!

    • Stephanie

      The Cub Scouts have been the best thing my son’s life. He’s learned so much.  

    • Anonymous

      learning lots of life skills and getting lots of great male influence!

    • Connieb03

      I think survival skills are super important, no matter where you might live.  You never know when they are going to come in handy. 

    • Jamie Hargitt

      My two boys are scouts and I am also involved as a committee member. Scouting teaches self reliance, respect for nature and others, helping others I’m tje community, and many other life lessons. We have participated in numerous community service projects to benefit our area! We will always be scouts!

    • Jodischweikhardt

      It is important to become a scout to develop lifelong skills and build character. Scouts are taught to help, encourage, support and respect others. Plus, they focus on hard work and achieving goals. It is a fun and great program!

    • Lwinebarger

      I see the value of the Boy Scouts from seeing how it helped my husband become the man he is today. He was raised by his mom and she wanted my husband and his brother to learn how to be a man by getting them involved in Boy Scouts. Growing up without a dad is really hard, I can’t imagine it, but I can see the core values of the Boy Scouts alive in him today and I’m so thankful that he got to grow up with the positive influences of his leaders.

    • Ben B.

      Scouting teaches children so many values that transcend beyond the campsite.  If the entire country lived by the scouting code, think of how much better off we would be? I myself was a boy scout and learned hard work, dedication, service to others, leadership, public speaking, wilderness survival, and so much more. I still use the skills learned in scouting on an almost daily basis. And in continuing in the tradition of service, I have been an assistant scoutmaster and a committee member for local troops.  I am still a merit badge counselor in a variety of subjects for the local area. And I am also a volunteer firefighter. Scouting gave me the courage and the confidence to pursue the dedication to serve. I personally can not wait until my 3 year old is old enough to join the cub scouts. I know he will learn so many of those skills that have shaped me, will make new friends, and will have an adventure in doing these things.

    • Laura

      As a girl who has grown up around boy scouts, I firmly believe that they truly teach boys to be responsible young men. All five of my cousins are eagle scouts and my husband is an eagle scout. They’ve all grown up to be responsible, independent men.

    • Sheenabsb

      I think learning all the skills is very important for every boy!

    • Girl Scout Mom

      Scouting is a great way for the kids to have fun , make friends and learn about all sorts of things.  I am a Girl Scout leader for 2 of my girls and I love it !!  Our troop could use that camping gear!

    • Lisa

      Both of my boys are in scouts. My youngest is a Wolf cub this year and my oldest just started Boy Scouts last year. He has learned so much already! It is teaching him skills he’ll use his whole life. It’s not just about knowing how to camp; it’s about learning responsibility, independence, solving problems, and working as part of a team.

    • Kiki

      My son is a Wolf (2nd year of Cub Scouts) and really enjoys it.  They have fun and learn at the same time.  They learn to be good citizens and about social responsibility.  They care for the earth and respect our country.  It is a fantastic program and one of the mottos they emphasize in our Pack is “Building Boys so you don’t have to Mend Men”.

    • J. Graham

      It allows the boys to get their feet wet in a lot of different areas so they can learn where there talents and strengths are.

    • Sara

      Scouting helps kids with their self-confidence and allows them to learn more about themselves.

    • Jnsearcy

      Why I think it’s beneficial for a child to become a Scout?
      My son started Pack 659 Cub Scouts as a first grader…he has went from Tiger~Wolf~now BEAR! My husband and I have traveled with him too. I am Treasuer for pack as well as a leader. 
      I can honestly say that my son has learned that there is more to life than what is found infront of a TV, or holding a DS game. That camping with his Pack, attending Sumer daycamp and outings or just attending a Den meeting is exciting!  He is about to receive his Whittleing Chip and will carry his knife at our next Camporee….
      How exciting is that for a young boy of 8!!!! 
      He has so many buddies in his Pack, lifelong friendship.  We have bonded with these families that I can now call them my Scout Family!
      Trustworthy. Loyal. Helpful. Friendly. Courteous. Kind. Obedient. Cheerful. Thrifty. Brave. Clean. Reverent….all these make for a well rounded SCOUT…and  our FUTURE.
      Nina Searcy,
      Pack 659~Mill Spring NC

    • Psdaivs

      my son and I joined the cub scout den in our church last month. we couldn’t make the first camping trip (don’t have any gear) but did drive down for the day. I can’t accurately describe the excitement he had in getting to shoot bow/arrow and bb guns for the first time. Despite being the only one from his den, the other scouts accepted him right away. We had a great day hiking through the woods and we are going on the next trip in November. Some new gear would be a great way to start this “most excellent adventure.”

    •  I like that boy scouts give boys “old souls”. I know several men that have been boyscout (my sister married one) and they all seem to have their heads on straight and are so much more old-fashioned than the “men” we have today. I love it.

    • Christina

      I have 3 boys all in scouts and they love it.  My oldest is 14 and will make Eagle in April.  Scouting has been a wait to teach to be a leader not a follower in a world where so many kids are looking for the easiest way out.  Scouting also instills great values and morals in this day and time where it seems as morals and values have been pushed to the curb.  If you have the opportunity to put you boys in scouting take advantage of it and if you have girls, when they turn 14 they can join the venture scouts, which is made up of boys and girl looking for adventure

    • Emily

      This has been a great experience for my son to share with his dad.  He has to leave work early to make it to the weekly meetings, but they both are enjoying the time theya re spending together.

    • msbos

      We have a scout in our family (Weeblos 1) and also an American Heritage Girl.  We have really enjoyed these programs for the kids and it helps our busy family make that much needed one on one time with our kids.

    • Stephanie

      Both of our children participate in Scouts for the reason that we believe it builds character, confidence and strength.

    • Cheri Passey

      The Scouting program has been a great asset to my family over the years with my older boys and will continue to be so as my youngest sons have entered Cubs. Not only do the boys learn many valuable skills but they learn to serve others. To me this is the most important of all. When we serve we enrich not only others lives but our own as well.

    • Drmelancon

      Scouting is great. My son is in his 4th year of cubscouts. Scouting has taught him so much and gave him the opportunity to learn so many new things. He is even trying things he would never try before. It is a great confidence builder.

    • stacey

      The values learned from being a part of scouts is something the child will have for a lifetime! You couldnt ask for better!

    • Gloria Lopez

      My son joined scouting at the age of almost 16 and is fast tracking towards Eagle.  In the last 8 months he’s had a tremedous change in attitude, focus and awareness of community needs and volunteering.  Thank God for The Boys Scouts and Troop 9 of Greenville, SC.

    • Emsessions2

      My husband is a scout master for our local troop. I see first hand how this program changes boys lives. It helps them become men and not only men but men with values are proactive and have virtue and honor. In today’s changing society, these things are rare and programs like Boy Scouts of American should be applauded for their efforts. 

    • Carverfamilyof4

      My son was in BSA from Tiger Cub thru the Troop.  Unfortunately, the smell of gasoline and perfume got the best of him and he didn’t complete.  But the BSA instilled a lot of core values that he still carries today.  I don’t know about him, but I miss the scouts.  I was very active from Den Mom, Camp Leader to District Leader.  Our family still camps (tent – there’s no other way to camp), hike, horseback riding and enjoying outside.  Living in East Tennessee at the foot of the Smoky Mountains, we’re not short on outdoor activities to participate in.  Cooking over the fire and in Dutch ovens like we learned in scouts, I still use a ton of the scouts recipes.  The troop still welcomes us on their activities, so we haven’t completely left.  The friends, appreciation of living in the USA, and the importance of living a Godly life will last a lifetime!   

    • Heather

      My son is in his 3rd year of scouting and it is a great way to bond with other kids and families and have a great time!

    • Insauditor

      I think it’s beneficial for young boys to participate in BSA.  My son is 6, and just recently joined.  In the last couple months, I’ve noticed that he’s already beginning to model some of the things he’s learned.  In addition, he’s excited about helping to sell popcorn and being able to do many of the activities.  Lastly, the BSA keeps his interest up, since he’s able to quickly earn recognitions and belt loops.  By the end of 3 months there, he will have earned 8 items – this has greatly helped his self esteem.

    • Amy Jackson

      I’ve watched my son, a boy scout, learn so much, gain confidence, learn leadership and survival skills, and spend time with great role models. Together they all strive for the qualities you mentioned above, which in this day and age is a rare and important thing. That’s why I believe it’s beneficial to be a boy scout.

    • Brandy B

      kids need to learn the fun there is outside and safety

    • Tasha

      I have two cub scouts. My oldest is in his 4th year and my second son is starting his second year. We love scouting. The boys have great leaders and made great friends. They have done activities that were fun and interesting for them and they love to go camping- something my husband and I wouldn’t normally do otherwise. They love to earn awards every month… They feel like they have accomplished something and feel so proud.

    • jro

      We are a scouting family. My oldest son is Star Rank in his boy scout troop, he has been doing scouts since he was six. I also have been in leadership positions in the cub scout pack, the boy scout troop and now the venturing crew. Ventruring is for boys and girls age 14 to 21. My Husband is the assistant scoutmaster of the troop and the Venture Crew Adviser. My youngest is only four so not quite old enough for cub scouts yet, but don’t tell him that. He proudly tells anyone who will listen, I’m a boy scout just like my brother. The 12 points of the scout law are just the beginning of what a boy will learn.

    • jro

      We are a scouting family. My oldest son is Star Rank in his boy scout troop, he has been doing scouts since he was six. I also have been in leadership positions in the cub scout pack, the boy scout troop and now the venturing crew. Ventruring is for boys and girls age 14 to 21. My Husband is the assistant scoutmaster of the troop and the Venture Crew Adviser. My youngest is only four so not quite old enough for cub scouts yet, but don’t tell him that. He proudly tells anyone who will listen, I’m a boy scout just like my brother. The 12 points of the scout law are just the beginning of what a boy will learn.

    • The Q Girl

      My son started scouts two years ago and is now in his last year as a cub scout.  He is looking forward to joining Boy Scouts next year.  He has learned so many good skills in scouts, he even earned a pin for good manners!  I really like it that the scouts promote so many good values.

    • The Q Girl

      My son started scouts two years ago and is now in his last year as a cub scout.  He is looking forward to joining Boy Scouts next year.  He has learned so many good skills in scouts, he even earned a pin for good manners!  I really like it that the scouts promote so many good values.

    • Cam

      My girls have been in scouts for years.  It teaches the children skills and life lessons that a parent cannot teach their child alone.  I love the scouts.  It encourages our girls to be strong, active citizens.  That is something that is truly lacking in today’s society.

    • Cam

      My girls have been in scouts for years.  It teaches the children skills and life lessons that a parent cannot teach their child alone.  I love the scouts.  It encourages our girls to be strong, active citizens.  That is something that is truly lacking in today’s society.

    • Savinglotsofdough

      My son just started cub scouts this year and we are loving it!  There were so many boys to sign up this year that they split our group into 2 dens.  Guess who is the new den leader?  Yep.  Me.  Mommy.  I’ve got loads of help, though.  (I knew nothing about scouts before doing this.  I wasn’t even a girl scout as a kid.)  The thing I love most about scouting is the commitment to family.  Parents and guardians aren’t just dropping off their kids once a week but actively participating and engaging with each other.  BSA designed their program to facilitate that kind of interaction.  I also love the motto that underlies everything, “Do your best”.  Unlike sport programs, your child is not competing against other children, but striving to achieve their own personal best.  This is especially important for our son who has Asperger’s Syndrome.  He can still advance at his own pace without the pressure of “failing his team”.  It’s about character formation.  It’s about leadership.  It’s about helping others.  I love that!

      I could definitely use that camping equipment!  We have nothing and will be having several camping trips in the near future. :)  We’re also still in the middle of our popcorn fundraiser for those interested!  Just shoot me an email at savinglotsofdough at gmail dot com and I’ll send you the link to the online catalog.  Happy scouting everyone!!

    • Savinglotsofdough

      My son just started cub scouts this year and we are loving it!  There were so many boys to sign up this year that they split our group into 2 dens.  Guess who is the new den leader?  Yep.  Me.  Mommy.  I’ve got loads of help, though.  (I knew nothing about scouts before doing this.  I wasn’t even a girl scout as a kid.)  The thing I love most about scouting is the commitment to family.  Parents and guardians aren’t just dropping off their kids once a week but actively participating and engaging with each other.  BSA designed their program to facilitate that kind of interaction.  I also love the motto that underlies everything, “Do your best”.  Unlike sport programs, your child is not competing against other children, but striving to achieve their own personal best.  This is especially important for our son who has Asperger’s Syndrome.  He can still advance at his own pace without the pressure of “failing his team”.  It’s about character formation.  It’s about leadership.  It’s about helping others.  I love that!

      I could definitely use that camping equipment!  We have nothing and will be having several camping trips in the near future. :)  We’re also still in the middle of our popcorn fundraiser for those interested!  Just shoot me an email at savinglotsofdough at gmail dot com and I’ll send you the link to the online catalog.  Happy scouting everyone!!

    • Jamieg7557

      As the mother of 4 boys I feel there is no greater responsibility I have than raising good, trustworthy, God fearing men who will lead their own families someday. I have been involved in scouts off and on for the past 12 years and can say the core values and principles taught go hand in hand with my ultimate goal. In today’s society men are told it is acceptable to be “players” without respect for anything or anyone else. Thankfully Boy Scouts is anti that mentality and encourages our boys and young men to take responsibility for not only themselves but their families and their communities. I have two Boy Scouts and one Webelo and I am proud of them. My oldest son was inducted into Order of the Arrow 2 weeks ago and came home asking for camping gear, not video games for Christmas. He is a junior in High School and has recently told me he would like to be involved in politics and wants his future job to be about helping people. I believe Boy Scouts has encouraged him to look at the needs of those around him and I am proud of him for being receptive to the message.

    • Jamieg7557

      As the mother of 4 boys I feel there is no greater responsibility I have than raising good, trustworthy, God fearing men who will lead their own families someday. I have been involved in scouts off and on for the past 12 years and can say the core values and principles taught go hand in hand with my ultimate goal. In today’s society men are told it is acceptable to be “players” without respect for anything or anyone else. Thankfully Boy Scouts is anti that mentality and encourages our boys and young men to take responsibility for not only themselves but their families and their communities. I have two Boy Scouts and one Webelo and I am proud of them. My oldest son was inducted into Order of the Arrow 2 weeks ago and came home asking for camping gear, not video games for Christmas. He is a junior in High School and has recently told me he would like to be involved in politics and wants his future job to be about helping people. I believe Boy Scouts has encouraged him to look at the needs of those around him and I am proud of him for being receptive to the message.

    • S Steinmetz

      Becoming a scout teaches your child about the outdoors in the short term and instills  ethics and character in the long term.  Lifelong friendships are begun in the scouts.

    • S Steinmetz

      Becoming a scout teaches your child about the outdoors in the short term and instills  ethics and character in the long term.  Lifelong friendships are begun in the scouts.

    • Cgarrisonmzcs

      Thanks for this post, I have been interested in getting my boys invloved in boy scouts.  I think scouting is important because of all the great character traits that are taught and shared.

    • Cgarrisonmzcs

      Thanks for this post, I have been interested in getting my boys invloved in boy scouts.  I think scouting is important because of all the great character traits that are taught and shared.

    • Angela

      Boy & Girl Scouts are beneficial for the positive influence, and giving some children opportunities they never would have had otherwise.

    • Angela

      Boy & Girl Scouts are beneficial for the positive influence, and giving some children opportunities they never would have had otherwise.

    • colleen

      My son is 8 and we love that he is a cub scout.  He loves it and is learning so much about himself, his community and about teamwork.  We feel that signing him up for cub scouts, along with being active in our church are two of the greatest gifts we could give him to help mold him into a responsible adult.

    • SCOE005

      I cannot emphasize enough the importance of scouting.  My son started scouts in 1st grade and has advanced through the ranks and is now working on his Eagle Scout project at 15.  He is an extremely shy person.  Scoutng has helped to reinforce the core values we as parents try to teach our children.  He now has no problem stepping up to the plate when everything else around you may be against you.  He is very active in church and the community because of the scouters and leaders around him that set the good examples for him.  Please encourage the Scout Program as much as you can.  The values, camping trips and even the hard work through projects and research for the badges, that each scout has to do , teach wonderful lessons that will stick with them for a life time.

    • Rlynn103

      My son was in boys scouts!   My husband was also a leader.   I love the values that are taught to our sons! 

    • Rlynn103

      My son was in boys scouts!   My husband was also a leader.   I love the values that are taught to our sons! 

    • Leslie

      I have three boys 1 kindergarten and 2 in 4k, and I can’t wait until they are old enough for scouts!  I love the self respect and confidence it gives them.  I believe Boy Scouts  is where tomorrows leaders are learning their values and life lessons!

    • This our first year of Scouts! We just started in September, and so far it has been a great organization.  I have 3 boys just starting out in  Scouts, a Tiger Scout, a Webelos, and a Boy Scout.  The Cub Scout motto is “Do Your Best” and I feel that really encompasses alot of what Boy Scouts of America stands for.  I want to raise boys who are prepared to face whatever life brings their way, and Boy Scouts is a great way to teach them to “Be Prepared”, which is the Boy Scout motto. 

    • Rebe713

      This is my sons first year in scouts. I think it is important because they teach them good values. They get long lasting friendship with other boys that are learning those same values. They learn great character traits and amply them to daily use. They also learn how to be  good all around citizens.

    • Crystal

      I think Boy Scouts of America provides boys with a strong foundation for life. They learn life skills that they may not get from any male figure in their lives. It also gives them a way to explore the world around them. Most importantly, it helps them to develop social relationships. I’m looking forward to the day when my boys can join! 

    • Keritrek

      My hubby was an eagle scout. He loved it!

    • Lady_iris2000

      My 2 oldest boys are in Scouts.  One is a Boy Scout the other is a first year Webelos.  Not only do scouts teach the boys how to be ‘boys’. It gives them an outlet for their energy, and uses boy geared activities to teach them values and skills.  I was completely amazed at just how much the boys learn.  As a first year Boy Scout, my oldest is learning how to portion meals, chose the cheapest way to shop for the meals that they then prepare themselves at campouts.  On top of all the other things they are learning and experiencing to help them decide which field they wish to choose as adults.  (All of the merit badges are designed to give them an overview of what that field is like from Nuclear Science to First Aid to Art, etc.)

    • scoutingfamily

      Boy Scouts provides our young men with a range of opportunities to develop solid skills in leadership, integrity, community service, teamwork, and problem-solving.  All skills that they will need to be well-rounded adults.  Because they have a great time with other great kids doing fun activities, their attention is focused on positive value activities — especially at a time in their life when they’re likely to be exposed to negative influences.  Lastly, the activities challenge the boys to set & reach goals, build confidence, and expose them to the world of opportunities around them. 

    • Christy

      My son has been a Cub Scout for years.  He is a Web 2 getting ready to cross over to Boy Scout in January.  He’s earned all his religious knots for cub scouts and is rarin’ to go for Boy Scouts.  He has learned so much about honesty, reverence, and character as a Cub Scout.  It is the best decision we made as a family.  My daughter, who isn’t a traditional Scout, has gained the confidence to make her own decisions.

    • Vbusiness

      I am thrilled that 2 of my grandson just started Cub Scouts! Their grandpa was a Boy Scout; their dad a Scout; and it’s great carrying on that tradition! Scouts learn all about being good men; having honor and integrity; they learn to work hard; they learn about survival; lots of good skills. Go Scout!!!

    • SarahR

      My son just started scouting last year.  It is a wonderful experience fore him.  He has learned to respect other and the US Flag. 

    • Andrea

      My son is a cubscout and we LOVE it!  We are so happy that he is part of something that will teach him life long skills.  It is great to see the boys work together as a team instead of always competing.  We love scouting!

    • Nwoleslagle

      I have a scout and has helped him stay focused and meet boys with similar interests.

    • Mandy H.

      Both of my sons are in scouts.  My oldest is a Boy Scout and my youngest is a Webelos scout (he’ll move up to boy scouts this December).  They love it and I am so glad for them to be involved in such a wonderfully worthwhile organization.  They are learning many important life skills through scouting.  

    • Kcgardner

      because many of our core values from days gone by are becoming extinct.

    • Jen

      My son just joined and is a Tiger Cub Scout.  We have attended 2 meetings so far and I’m so excited for him and my husband to experience Scouts together.  I feel that the Boy Scouts teach and develop the same values and morals that we are teaching at home and that they are learning from church and from the Bible.  In a the world today i’m thankful that my boys can hear these same values and morals from another place so that hopefully they will learn to live by them.  We are excited for all the many learning opportunities and chances for my boys to grow.

    • Shae

      It’s been amazing to watch the emotionally and spiritual growth of my younger brother since he started Scouts a few years ago.  Now that he’s beginning his work on his Eagle Scout project, it blows my mind how mature he’s grown to be.  I’ve loved seeing how a quiet young boy can grow to be such a talented leader. I know that the values he’s learning now will carry him far in life.  I’ve also loved seeing how much it’s done for my dad and brother’s relationship.  It’s great to see how close they’ve become after years of camping and working on projects together in a time when many kids barely see their parents.  I can’t say enough amazing things about what Scouts has done for my family and many of the other families I know from the local Scouting Council!

    • Dan

      As a former Cub, Boy, then Explorer Scout I can’t count the number of things I learned through those programs that I otherwise probably wouldn’t have learned. I also built lasting friendships and laid the foundation for the man & father I’ve become today.

    • Karen

      Both my sons are Boy Scouts.  The oldest one is an Eagle Scout, and the youngest only has his Eagle Project left to finish to become an Eagle Scout.  My husband and I are also both Scout leaders and merit badge teachers.  Boy Scouts is a wholesome, productive, leader-making organization that is just what is greatly needed in our world full of vices and bad choices today.  My sons are fully prepared for life, and a lot of that can be attributed to what they have learned in Scouts.

    • Newhere6303

      My son was a cub scout when he was younger and is thinking of rejoining now that he’s 12 years old.  I love the fun “male-centered” learning moments my son can participate in with the scouts that this single mom has no clue how to teach.  lol

    • Epicurean

      My son is a 2nd year Wolf scout and I think the Boy Scouts of America have been extremely instrumental in teaching him manners, persistence and integrity – he knows it’s very important to do his best and do the right thing even when he has the chance to take a shortcut.

    • Liz

      We need boys to become men of integrity and honor, and scouting is vital to this!

    • M Sherry4

      I can’t wait for my son to start cub scouts! What a great positive experience it will be!

    • Kendall

      I was a girl scout, which I think teaches many of the same values that boy scouts does. I definitely enjoyed it, so I imagine boy scouts are fun too!

    • Anonymous

      My son just started boy scouts about a week ago, and some how they convinced my hubby to become a den leader. They are both excited to start getting into Cub Scouts. I think the scouts will teach my sons many important life skills. Can’t wait to see all the things they do! 

    • There was a lot of things I did when I was a scout and I really did enjoy learning.  I still remember stuff from those days that do help me out in my daily life.

    • Elena Corbin

      My Stepson, Lee, has completed Cub SCouts and Webelos. He’s  first year Boy Scout now and I know it has helped him to mature and become more responsible. My son, Thomas is going to follow in his footsteps. He is a Tiger Cub Scout this year. Actually, They are both following in their Father’s footsteps. My husband, Lee Corbin, earned his Eagle Scout and demonstrates all the characteristic core values that they aim to live by: Trustworthy. Loyal. Helpful. Friendly. Courteous. Kind. Obedient. Cheerful. Thrifty. Brave. Clean. Reverent. My Eagle is now the Den Leader for my Tiger Cub! YAY SCOUTS!!!

    • Mary M

      I have two sons in Scouts-my oldest son is  a Webelo while my youngest is just beginning in Tiger Cubs.  My youngest has been looking forward to joining ever since his older brother became a scout.  We even bought him a Tiger Cubs hat last year just so he could feel included.  He is so excited about finally being able to wear it officially as a Tiger Scout. 
      From a parent’s perspective Scouting is a great way for boys to experience camping, whittling, and target shooting in a safe enviroment, with adult supervision and safety guidlines.  Being a Scouts also includes things like learning about being a scholar, learning about engineering, and learning about responsibility (very important).  The Scouts also provide support and guidance in helping to raise a respectible, well rounded boy. 

    • Susan

      I have a son working on his Eagle.  As a volunteer for Boy Scouts I know what hard work and dedication it takes to achieve the rank of Eagle.  Scouting also includes making new friends, going to great places and learning skills.  Skills that can follow you the rest of your life.  I’ve learned that I can easily pick out scouts in a crowd from the values they have learned.

    • Debbie

      The Boy Scouts learn new skills and are allowed to experience a lot of things they would not be exposed to if they weren’t a member of this group. 

    • Bpinzer

      My husband was a youth pastor for 15 years and we had several young men finish their eagle scout projects with us-they are absolutely the kind of young men I want my son to become! If I had to pick one thing, I would say they are all men of INTEGRITY.

    • Jessdine

      I think it is important to teach kids to do their best!

    • Ami L.

      Scouting has been an active part of our family’s activities for many years.  My oldest daughter is a Cadette and my youngest is a Brownie.  I have been a Girl Scout Leader for 7 years!  Always lots to learn, places to explore, and so much fun to have!!

    • Stefanie J

      My husband is an Eagle Scout, and one of the best men I know (obviously since I married him, right?) Scouts played a huge role in his life and in his childhood. He grew up in a rough neighborhood and scouts gave him the opportunities to help his community, learn important values that are often overlooked these days, and stay out of the trouble that other kids his age were getting into. He wasn’t into playing school sports, so Scouts filled that void of after school activities. His mother was a very active Den Mother and her involvement was beneficial to many of the boys in group. For his Eagle project he built a wheelchair accessible boardwalk downtown, and the city even named a day after him which still appears on all of the city calenders. My husband really hopes we have boys when we have children so that he can get them into scouts. I hope we do, too!

    • Stickrn3

      to learn values that are still very important!

    • dph

      My son is a cub scout and my husband is his assistant leader.  It’s a great bonding tme for them.  He’s learing to be resourceful.

    • Amy

      I have two sons in scouts and my husband is the cubmaster.  Scouts is helping to teach my boys to be responsible and be prepared!  The boys learn values in scouts that will help them throughout their lives.

    • Scouting definitely teaches skills that aren’t as easy to come by anymore, as well as discipline (also not so easy to come by!) We attended my cousin’s Eagle Scout ceremony last year, and it was just tremendous to see all the accomplishments he has achieved and the fine young man he has become.

    • Ellen

      My son has learned many life skills through scouts and those skills have helped to build his confidence.  He’s more willing to try new things! 

    • Cboudolf

      we have a new Tiger Scout at our house. he loves the new experiences of camping, archery, sling shots… all the great outdoor adventures. In a short time he has learn to take pride in his uniform, patches and achievments.  know he will learn a lot more through the coming years about leadership, charcter building and personal integrity. I hope he will make his father proud and achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, too.

    • nikkers15

      To learn such wonderful values.

    • Jill V.

      I love your editorial here.  We were new to scouting about 3 years ago.  For my son, a middle schooler, it has given him a sense of belonging.  It is truly a place where boys are not judging one another, but rather all are encouraged.  I’m so proud of what the boys achieve — many life lessons.  What a worthy way to spend our time, money and efforts. 

    • K Colbert

      My son is in Boy Scouts and it has been a wonderful experience, I’ve seen his confidence grow as he has gotten older and now he is a patrol leader and he surprises me all the time at his leadership skill. He has already had to give several presentations at school and the teachers always comment on how at ease he seems and I feel that scouting has helped him in this and many other things in life.

    • Anonymous

      Some of the best men that I know are Eagle Scouts: my brother, husband, and grandfather-in-law.  They are self-reliant, creative, and give everything in life their very best!  I think that their involvement with Boy Scouts definitely helped them develop these qualities.  Next year my son will be old enough to join the Scouts, and I am thrilled about it!!  I look forward to encouraging him as he pursues his badges while learning and growing.

    • Teresaphelan

      My son is now a life scout and in the planning stages of his “Eagle project”. He’s been in scouts since he was a tiger cub. With the help of some amazing leaders, He’s grown into an amazing young man.

    • andrea

      It’s good for my son to be a scout because he enoys all the events, camping, ect they do. All while not even realizing he is learning how to be a better person at the same time

    • Michelle

      We just moved to Wilmington, NC and my son had the opportunity to join a local Cub Scouts den that meets at our church. My husband has become the assistant scout leader and they both love it! As a Christian, the Scout values correspond directly with what we’ve been teaching our son from the Bible, but provides other opportunities for him to be involved in community activities and learn life skills. My husband and son have already been able to go on one camping trip and they both had a blast! We were able to get his uniform and handbook last week and he spent days reading through the handbook looking at all the things he gets to do to earn badges. I know Scouts will be wonderful for our whole family. Even our 2 year-old son walks around saying “I go to Cub Scouts?” :-)

    • lisar

      My 7 year old is a boy scout and he loves it! I love it because he and my husband go camping and to the meetings together. It’s a together time for just them. The values that he learns in boy scouts are important to me. It has been a wonderful experience for my son!

    • Laurie Kelly

      I have 2 grown sons who are both Eagle Scouts. Through their time in Boy Scouts, they learned many valuable skills. They know how to build things, fix things, cook their own meals, and sew on buttons and merit badges. They know what to do in an emergency, can provide first aid for many types of injuries or emergencies. They know how to survive outside in all kinds of weather. They learned the value of being a team member, and how to be a team leader. For their respective Eagle projects, they learned  how to develop a project plan and how to carry it out. College recruiters are impressed with those young men who are Eagle Scouts, and say that it helps in the selection process. Prospective hiring managers are also impressed with applicants who list Eagle Scout on their resumes. Those are some of the reasons why Boy Scouts grow boys into responsible men.

    • Mendy Dinsmore

      My husband was a Eagle Scout and he has so many great memories of doing things in the scouts.  I think it lets kids bond with one another and learn as they advance in the scouts.

    • Sonjas99

      I believe the scouts help young boys learn to be the young men who can hold their head high and will also make Mom and Dad hold their heads high with the pride of quality.

    • Laura

      My son just joined the Tiger scouts this year. I think its a great way for boys to learn how to work as a team and help the community.

    • Angela Creech

      I am a my mom of an Eagle Scout. The benefits of being a Boy Scout prepares them for life. I recently found out from experience how much Scouting has helped my son in his life. My son recently graduated from Air Force Basic Training. He was the only one could sew and a few other things that the other guys didn’t know how to do. So, Boy Scout is still apart of his life. They are a close knit group. The other Scouters can’t wait for him to come home. 

    • My husband is an Eagle Scout and I think he picked up a lot of his dedication and willingness to work hard through the Scouts

    • Beth

      Scouting helps boys understand and build relationships between other Scouts, their community, their country, the natural world and the Creator.

    • Jenna Fairhaven

      As an only parent,  boy scouts has been a great learning curve for my son.  Despite my years in the service (army) I’ve found that there are a number of things that just can’t be learned by osmosis!  

      This is my sons third year in scouting.  He has grown so much since moving to a different troop after the first year.  My only caveat is that I wish that like most of the other countries world wide, that BSA would open their ranks to girls.  My daughter attends almost all of his meeting and hangs out with her age group.  She’s learning all the great qualities mentioned above, but won’t earn any of the merits.

    • Sarahsuellentrop

      do your best!

    • Carrie

      I am a mom of 2 young boys. My first grader just joined Cub Scouts this past September. He just loves Cub Scouts already. He looks forward to the pack meetings and earning his beads and patches. This weekend they are going camping and he is super excited about going. My husband got his old Boy Scout vest from his mom last month and was instantly reminded of all the fun he had. My husband does “His Best” at everything. I’m looking forward to my son learning core values with the help of Cub/Boy Scouts. Anyone want to buy popcorn?  :)

    • Michelle

      My son and husband have been involved in Scouting for the last 3 years.  This has proven to be an awesome experience as my son works to earn his badges in topics such as camping, art, photography, cooking – etc.  The things he has learned and how we have seen him grow into a responsible young man with many skills other kids his age my not be exposed to outside of such a great organization!!  Help your son expand his horizons and sign him up for scouts today!!

    • TIFFANYW1919

      I have six kids,three are boys.  Two of my boys are in scouts.  One is a Cub and one is a Boy Scout.  The values they are being reminded of are in fact the values we try and instill.  They make and work toward goals, which is just wonderful.  Boy Scouts ROCK!!!

    • Kmkmtm

      I have one son and he is first class. He has been in scouting since he was in first grade. It is a great organization and my son loves it. My two daughters are in American Heritage Girls. It is a christian organization that has partnered with Boy Scouts. It is a great organization also.

    • Guest

      As a former Cub Scout leader, married to an Eagle, mom of an Eagle, obviously scouting is important to our family. I LOVED the way the program spiralled, the core values are there from the smallest Tiger Cub (Cub scouts know they are to do their duty to their God, their family, their community and themsleves. Those same values are covered in depth through the required merit badges on the path to Eagle!

    • Amy W.

      Both my nephews are eagle scouts.  I hope my two boys can learn the leadership and team work that being a scout can teach.


    • Shellylpm

      I think boy scouts begins building good character at a young age.  I can see how it helps them to more easily resist peer pressure and choose right from wrong. 

    • Kim

      As a mom of a son who is a 2nd class boyscout  I have seen him grow sooo much . He has learned about responsiblity  and  what a true scout is . He has lived that out . Since he has been in 1st grade he has been wanting eagle scout . I am so proud of him for his accomplishments. :)

    • I’ve worked in Cub Scouts for 3 years now. My oldest son just moved up to Boy Scouts and my youngest will soon be in Cubs. I LOVE the program and will be working in it for several more years to come. I would REALLY like the camping gear simply because we do not have any. Money has always been too tight and we’ve never purchased our own even though we could really use it. My oldest will be doing a lot more camping now that he’s in Boy Scouts and the equipment would be greatly appreciated and used a great deal seeing that I have 3 boys who would all end up using it.

    • Cheryl B

      It has passed the test of time.  That is it is still around after many years and a good foundation is what scouting can instill into young men.  It is also a way for father and sons to connect in something other than sports.

    • Annia

      My brothers were both eagle scouts and I plan to enroll both of my two boys in the program. I don’t know that learning a square knot or how to make a fire is so important to their later success in life, but I do think that learning teamwork and good values such as citizenship, trust, being kind, loyal, and always leaving the campsite better than you found it instills lifelong habits that are important. Also, just the act of making other good friends in scouts keeps them out of trouble with the wrong kinds of friends.

    • Kathycake

      As a former scout leader for my 2 boys from Cubs through Boy Scouts.  (They hadn’t invented Tiger cubs yet)   I am proud and happy that they benefited so much from the experience  of scouting and the values instilled  that they have both grown into wonderful men and fathers.  In fact one of my sons even went on to become the Scout Leader for a year before his job interferred.  He still steps in and helps with the Pack.  My daughter (who was our official mascot for so many years) now has a little boy who in enjoying the scouting experience.  Being a single Mom it is a  great help for my grandson, his little sisters and my daughter since it is also a great family experience especially the family camp outs.

    • Alicia

      Kids can build a lot of outdoor and life skills through good leadership and friendship.

    • Deanna

      I have three boys in scouts.  My oldest was just awarded his Arrow of Light last Wednesday!  From the time they were born, we knew that scouting was a “when”, not an “if”.  Without a doubt, I know that the scouting program will help them in all aspects of their lives.  My boys see bb guns and camping and building fires.  I see confidence and respect for others and leadership skills I didn’t realize they had!! 

    • Jnblair823

      My son joined the cub scouts this year and is on his third week. I have never seen him so excited about something like this. He carries his wolf handbook around everywhere and I caught him putting his cub scout shirt on last night. He is so excited to earn achievements and badges and I am so proud of him. Scouting has already taught him responsibility and he has barely even started! I can’t wait to see what he will achieve! I hope to win so we can start going camping with all of his Cub Scout friends! 

    • Karathom

      Two of my boys have been Boy Scouts.  My youngest is a Webelo.  The values he learns at Scouts will help him to be a valuable citizen of the United States.  From leadership skills to spotting poison ivy Boy Scouts is helping my son grow into a wonderul young man.

    • Courtney

      Being a Boy Scout helps shape boys into men.  Being a Boy Scout doesn’t mean your son will be perfect all the time, but it is building the foundation for success.  My Dad was a Boy Scout and he too lived up to the Boy Scout core values.

    • Barbbasket

      My sixteen year old son joined Scouts in first grade, seems like just yesteday! He is working towards his Eagle now. As a Cub Scout we camped frequently as a family. At the time is was honestly a kind of pain. I really don’t like sleeping on the ground. But now I am so thankful for the time we had together! They grow up so fast! It seems like I was buying his Tiger t-shirt yesterday. When I see him drive away from home now to go to work what I would give to be back at that campfire with my little Cubscout!

    • Ellen

      I am the proud mom of 2 Boy Scouts, one of whom is currently working on his Eagle Scout project.  The skill they learn (leadership, teamwork, honesty, etc) will benefit them in whatever career they chose.

    • Jfmiller82

      I love the scouts, its the best activity out there for kids. I was a girl scout for ten years and it was the best ten years. It taught me to be a strong, caring, independent person and when I have children it will be the first thing I sign them up for.

    • Scouting was an absolute crucial part of my up-bringing.  There is just so much you learn about life from practical hands on skills to your own spiritual development.  I am excited now to help my sons grow through the tools that BSA offers.  It truly provides a way for parents to engage with their children. 

    • frances

      In the truest sense of the word, my 13 year old son is being transformed into a man though his involvement with BSA. 

    • Ellen

      Tweeted on @seasonalthings…  Ellen

    • Quietbright232

      BSA offers so much!  My son doesn’t have a dad and we have no male relatives.  Boy Scouts provides wonderful role models for him to learn from.  He has been active for almost two years and is already a Star Scout!  He is a troop section leader, bugler for the troop and helps in many more areas.  I am an older mom and am so thankful that he is being prepared for the future in such a positive way. All of the troop leaders have taken him under their wing.  I also think that in the job market, if the choice to hire is between Eagle Scout or not, the Eagle Scout would have the advantage.

    • Karen D.

      I love scouting!  My son just started as a tiger cub, and my husband is an assistant den leader.  The values taught in scouts lead boys to grow into proper men.  Boy scouts values families and working to be your best.  These are the core values I hope to instill in my boys. 

      I would love to win the camping equipment as we are going on our first camping trip soon.

    • Missy

      From a parent of 2 scouts:  I think it is important for a child to be a scout because it teaches the proper way of taking care of and respecting yourself and others.  It also keeps the child active in a positive way.  Sometimes when a child gets bored, they can be pressured into harmful behavior.

    • Jentallis

      My son has been in scouts for six years.  During this time, I have watched his self-esteem soar, his motivation to succeed encouraged and his leadership qualities emerge.  Scouting helps boys achieve their full potential and grow to be strong men. The bonds he is forming with other boys in his troop will last through his lifetime, I am sure.  There is a shortage of quality activities for boys in this day and age, but scouting is definitely a program you want your child to participate in.

    • Paula

      As a mother of two boys I believe that Scouts is a very important tool in building them into responsible young men. My oldest is the rank of Life which is one step below Eagle, I can’t wait until he decided on what he wants do for his project. He has been in scouts since 1st grade when he entered as a cub scout tiger. My younger son just became a Webelo cub Scout which is the last step before becoming a Boy Scout. They have both learned lessons about first aid, survival, and many other things that will come in handy as they start to grow into young men. They have also made some great friends with the same values they share. They are always mindful to follow the 12 points of the scout law: trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.

    • mash

      Our two older sons, 10 and 8 year old, joined Boy Scout this year for the first time.
      They enjoy going to the meeting and achieving different challenges and goals.  We are looking forward to joining some of their camping trips and other out door activities which we would not have done by ourselves. 

    • Jennifer Webster

      My oldest has just joined Scouts & we have 3 more boys who will be joining when they are old enough. They allow my younger boys to participate at the den meetings so it is truly fun for our entire family! They are learning so many positive traits and they have the opportunity to emulate the male role models of our community. There are plenty of great activities for them to do & they earn lots of recognition!

    • Kara F

      Besides survivor skills, I believe Scouts teaches young men the importance of philantropy

    • Misty G.

      My husband was in boy scouts (myself in girl scouts).  Today he is a soldier and my hero!  He learned so much through being in boy scouts.  The most important thing was to give back without expecting anything in return.  He has a heart of gold.  There have been many times I’d like to pull my hair out in this marriage (the difficult Army life has played a huge part in that).  When it comes down to it though, I wouldn’t trade him for the world.  I’ve learned so much from him, and I know my children are and will continue to do so too.  I strongly believe the boy scouts played a huge part in leading him to serve his country on a higher level once he became an adult.  I think boy scouts lead a lot of folks to do the same.  Very proud of all of those folks…very proud of our boy scouts.  There are so many valuable lessons to be learned from them.  I pray that my children will want to be in scouts too :).

    • AngieSC

      Growing up, my family was a boy scout family. I loved my brothers’ troop so much I was their mascot! (They couldn’t get rid of me :) My brothers, and hopefully me also, are stronger, more responsible people because of the values instilled in us through the activities and people of the Boy Scouts. We are all capable of successfully roughing it when the need arises, as well!

    • Silviastars3

      I don’t have a son either, but my 7 year old nephew just joined the boy scouts and I think it’s wonderful. I feel it’s a great organization where he will learn honesty, integrity, resourcefulness, and how to be a good friend. Among other great skills! We’re so excited for him and look forward to supporting him and his troop!

    • Jeanie

      My son is a life scout,on his way to Eagle.  It has greatly helped his self esteem and he loves camping.

    • David Galloway

      As a former scout the lessons of being prepared and thriftiness have carried me through my adult life. I can’t wait until my son gets a little older and I can share the scouting experience with him. 

    • My nephew became an Eagle Scout and getting paid a rank higher in the US Coast Guard because of that. It PAYS to scout!

    • Marcia

      My oldest son is a Scout and loves it!  It has become such a huge part of who he is as a person.  He speaks daily of things he has learned or values that people should live by.  We are so fortunate to be part of this organization!

    • My nephew became an Eagle Scout and getting paid a rank higher in the US Coast Guard because of that. It PAYS to scout!

    • Jennie

      I have one son who is an Eagle scout who got a full scholarship to college. We also have 3 younger scouts. Our goal is to have all of them Eagle. We LOVE scouts. It has prepared them for leadership in the community and the world.

    • GinnyK

      My son loves Boy Scout so much that right now he is Senior Patrol Leader of his troop.  He has completed his Eagle Project and on his way to earn his Eagle.

    • kristina

      great core values.  I hope my daughter marries a man with these values too one day.  :)  Would love to win some camping gear.

    • Turaffe

      Scouts not only teach our boys excellent skills, but they also teach them morals that are slowly disappearing in this world. They also give these boys a feeling of self worth and help to raise their self esteem.  This in turn teaches them that others also need this, thus cutting down on bullying and raising there awareness to other individuals needs.

    • Kdsmith19

      We just started our 2nd grader in scouts and we love it!  He is really becoming more responsible and respectful!

    • Nadineyathali

      My hubby was a boyscout I love how he can start a real fire without matches and tie amazing knots. I love how its fathers teaching boys leadership. My son loves to go camping already and he’s 4yrs I can’t wait for him to join.

    • Anonymous

      I am a mom of 4, but only one boy.  Last year we felt he needed “boy time”, so he became a tiger cub in the first grade.  It was an amazing experience for him to interact with other boys his age, doing boy things, and learning to become a honest, hardworking little man.  Now he is a Wolf Cub Scout and I am the Pack 730 treasurer and secretary in the Mountain Lake District from the Atlanta Area Council.  I was compelled to help as much as I could, since Pack 730 gave Tommy a place of his own where he can be a great Cub Scout.  I am always proud to say that Pack 730 is the smallest pack in the Mountain Lake District, so we are that small village that is raising great boys.  Last year we had 6 boys total (from Tiger Cub through Webelos).  This year we are proud to say that we now have 11 boys, but still the smallest pack in our district.  If we won $500 of camping gear, that would be life changing for our small, but mighty group of Cub Scouts.

    • Abrileysaving

      I think scouts are great for teaching teamwork and responsibility.  Good for those dads who are training up these young men.

    • Sherilturner

      Boy Scouting teaches young men so many lessons from camping to how to be a good citizen to leadership skills that will last a lifetime. But most of all, the Boy Scout program turns boys into fine, upstanding, responsible men. And the world can certainly use more of those…

      Mom of Fist Class Boy Scout

    • holly

      i really think it is great to teach a child social skills, how to survive in the wilderness, and good character traits such as honesty, loyalty, and kindness.  These character traits will take boy or girl far in life.  Thanks to the girl and boy scouts for teaching this. 

    • Duke257

      I’ve just started to go camping this year with my kids. and they love it and enjoy this cool weather this past weekend. I would love to have some more gear to go camping.

    • Cmjen99

      I’m the proud mom of 2 scouts and wife of a Commissioner. We have been involved in scouts for 17 years. My oldest is an Eagle and my 16 year old is working towards finishing also. Scouting has involved participation of the whole family. We have camped, hiked, biked, skated, swam, boated, and kayaked together. I like the values it teaches the boys. It makes me want to be a better parent and role model. It has introduced them through badge work to all kinds of careers and allowed them to meet people and go places that most families don’t do. I’m proud of the men my boys have become, the values and the leadership qualities they have learned.

    • Freestuff4cb

      I was a Girl Scout for 12 years. I learned so many skills that I still use today.

    • Ok1jwc

      Same here, my son just joined the Boy Scouts and since he hates organized sports of any kind,Scouts was just his pace. I am thrilled that his dad attends the meetings with him so they have their time together. Most of all, I am excited about all the useful things they are learning, such as what to do if they get lost, how to properly address adults, all kinds of survival strategies,new group games the variety is endless. We already completed two awesome camping trips with a great group of people.

    • Kgauldin

      It gives our sons a sense of responsibility while teaching them to be honest and work hard.  It is awesome!  Of course the camp outs are an added bonus! On our sons first one he said it was the best vacation he had ever had!!

    • Patleah

      So much today is showing the wrong way for boys to grow into men.  The Boy Scouts help encourage behavior that can make the world a better place.

    • Moore102001

      My son just started Scouts last month and we are all loving it! I think it is such a great thing for the boys to get together and learn responsibility, courage, respect, and so much more!

    • Melissa

      My husband is also an eagle Scout and always wanted our 3 boys to do scouting. It is our goal to have 3 well mannered Eagle scouts in the end. Our pack is brand new and so is our den of 7. We are just getting started and would love some gear to share with the den as well as pass down between our 3 little scouters!

    • Anonymous

      Scouts help show my son to be self-sufficient, kind, helpful, confident, independent man that he is supposed to be. Power to young scouts every where learning these core values!

    • Lindsey Kelley

      My son just joined scouts.  He is not into sports or things that most boys are.  This being said my husband was having a hard time relating to him. Then after school one day he said that a man came an talked about scouts and that he wanted to go to the meeting and check it out.  He came home that night the most excited I’d ever seen him.  He and his dad go every Tuesday and they both treasure the time together.  He has learned so many qualities that aren’t taught in school.  They are attending their first camping trip this weekend and couldn’t be more excited.  The supplies would def help out.

    • Specimen82

      I grew up with both parents involved in troop 28, my brother became an Eagle Scout, I dated many guys that were in Scouts and finally married an Eagle Scout. I found out that the young men that are involved with Scouts learn a good bit more about life in general. They are more confident in life, they interact better with others, they are more willing to lend a hand to a friend or family in need. They gain that sense of responsibility that follows them through life. (And many more qualities that make great men and fathers.) I loved growing up around the guys of troop 28, they were always very kind to me and I remember some of them calling me “their little sister.” And as I grew from little girl, to teen, to young lady, to an adult I always knew that there were good guys out there that had the same principles instilled in them as I had had. I can’t wait for my son to be able to follow in the foot steps of his dad, uncle, and grandfathers. I know with their leadership he will grow into the great man I know he will be!

    • I think it’s beneficial for someone to become a Scout to (help) learn all of those qualities you mentioned above. In addition, scouting builds teamwork and male-male or female/female bonding and teaches family values. Finally, it’s always nice to know how to pitch a tent!

    • Rachael

      My husband completed Scouts by working hard and achieving the Eagle Scout Award. He has used his skills and knowledge from Scouts in his career of being a Marine. Being in the Scouts taught him skills for life; skills of resposibility, courage, honesty, bravery, commradie, respect, strength, and the list can continue. When we are blessed with children, we will be signing up for scouts whether it be girl scouts or boy scouts so that our children can help gain these traits.

    • Brandylate

      My boys are currently in Cubscouts and one will be starting Boy Scouts next year.  Love scouting,  It really helps them to value good character such as honesty, honor, and duty to God and country.  We really need more stress on good character in this country!

    • Kimberami

      Scouting is one of the last places to give kids a chance to be kids.  Everything moves so fast, children need constants. I can’t wait until my daughter is old enough to be a girl scout!

    • juliem

      My 7 year old is a Wolf Cub and my younger son can’t wait to be a Scout too.  He is learning a whole spectrum of important life skills.

    • Mollieirene

      Both my boys have been Boy Scouts. My youngest recently became a Tiger Cub, the youngest version of a Boy Scout. I am so proud that he is excited to be involved. After the first meeting he came home with my husband and said, “Mama, I’m gonna be a good citizen.” My husband ansd I laid in bed that night and laughed about it. The truth is, with so many negative “role models” out there it fills me with pride to know that Boy Scouts has taught my little boy that being a good person, a good citizen, a friend to mankind…is valuable and an atribute worth striving toward. This past weekend BSA hosted a day at the Birmingham Zoo in Birmingham, Alabama. It was about and hour and a half drive for us. Our whole family attended. It was a wonderful day.

    • Meburcham

      My son is a Boy Scout and is one rank away from his Eagle.  He is learning valuable lessons that he will carry with him throughout his life.  He is learning to lead, while learning to care about others.  The 12 core values are what we teach him to live by and scouting greatly enforces what we teach him at home.

    • Anonymous

      Boy scouts teach good values that many kids may not otherwise learn today!

    • Whitneyalley

      I think it’s beneficial for a boy to become a boy scout because they learn information they will need throughout their lives.  They become hardworking and skillful which is important for a man who will one day provide for a family.I know that I learned skills as a young woman that I have always retained.  Scouts are great for boys and girls!

    • Dmjmom

      To do your best at every thing you can do

    • momof3

      My son just joined the Cub Scouts and has already learned about giving back to the community as well as learning about how to earn badges. As the daughter of an Eagle Scout I know how beneficial this program is to develop boys into men who can contribute to society by helping others and themselves.

    • Dawn Williams

      Boys do not play and interact the way they did when I was a kid. Everyone is just so busy with so many things, the critical things they need to learn to become Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean and Reverent men are by parents doing the best they can at home – but taking the time to have their boys involved in Boy Scouts.

    • Barbara K

      My son just attended his first cub scount meeting last night.  From that first moment, they are teaching him to always do his best.  He will be successful at life as long as he always does his best. 

    • EJackson720

      Boy scouts shows boys there is more than games and TV, more in the world than streets and buildings, and more to life than they ever could have seen otherwise.

    • Jillian418

      “We must change boys from a ‘what can I get’ to a‘what can I give’ attitude.”Baden-Powell

    • Beth

      As a Venturing Leader, The BSA is a great way to make boys and girls, yes girls, into strong young adults.  I have seen some amazing things happen to these young men and women!  My hats off to any Leader of the Scouts!

    • Chickpants

      My son is currently a Weblos.  He has loved every minute of it since he was a Tiger.  I find boy scouts to be very important for a growing boy.  It helps build confidence, teaches them to be prepared, adapatability, and interact with groups and team members.  Boy Scouts are raising Men.. But they are also teaching them basic living skills.  Survive off the land, they teach these boys they dont need TV or video games to have fun!!!  Camping like many did in the days of war, building tents, keeping warm, food.. What plants to touch and which are harmful..   DIRECTIONS!!!  Know where they are at all times, and how they got there.. Understand that the sun rises and falls in certain directions.  SAFETY!!!! with knives, bow and arrows, swimming, all activities.. How to respect adults, leaders.. Even as an adult I can learn alot from the Boy Scouts!!!!

    • Jennifer

      EXCITEMENT, THRILL and ACHIEVEMENT.  The feeling and knowledge that kids get out of Scouts is amazing.  From learning to tie knots to helping the needy is something that a great amount of children lack these days.  Everything that is shown to the children will help them in so many future endeavors.  I was a Girl Scout for many years and I will try to carry my knowledge to my children that already LOVE the camping adventures that we take.  In two weeks we will be taking our Yearly Fall Camping Trip and the kids are already getting their sleeping bags ready. Watch Out Forest here we come. : )

    • Amanda

      I think its beneficial to be a Scout because it gives bonding time with the child and parent. They also get to meet new friends. Learn great skills to use in everyday life. My brother was in scouts and I remember being jealous of him building the derby cars. I have a son now and its one thing I look forward for him to be in when hes old enough. My husband never had a father to teach him guy stuff like camping and fishing so it will be neat to see them learn in scouts together along with his son.

    • Witherington5

      As the mother of a Wolf cub (2 grade), I can truley tell you the joys of watching the boys grow in the ways of scouting. They are excited about everything. My son willing helps around the house and he says ” Thats what boyscouts do Mom!”.  
        In this busy world we have I can say this is a lifelong achievement that will always be there, whatever the boys will do. They can always say I am a scout. 

    • Lisaclark21@comcast.net

      All 3 of my boys have been in the scouts! They have learned so much that they have taken into the rest of their lives. From love of country to helping out the needy. I am so glad they had the opportunity!!

    • MW

      My god-son is a boy scout and I think it’s a great organization that teaches them life skills as well as leadership.

    • Angie Rice

      Becoming a boy scout prepares boys to be men and leaders in their community.  I am so proud of my husband who attained Eagle Scout! 

    • Coffeencoupons

      My 12 year old son is a first class scout for Troop 942 in Winston-Salem, NC.  He has been in the scouting program for 6 years.  The Boys Scouts have helped to instill many values lost in our youth today.  His troop has held him accountable for being trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind,obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverant.  All of the things we teach at home.  It as been a blessing to have an organization, that not only trians my son how to be a future leader, but a future leader with values.  I have no doubt that the Scout Law is writen on my son’s heart.  He is currently working to achieve his Eagle Souct as well as earn money for college throught the Trail’s End scholarship program.  This organization is to be praised as it ministers to the fatherless and teaches them about true manhood.  Boy  Scouts of America enable our sons to make the passage from boyhoood to manhood in a fun, exciting, adventourous environments.  I applaud them for teaching young men how to be strong leaders in a tumultouesous world

    • Kcstrand

      Our sun just became a Tiger Cub (1st grade). We are so excited about this organization! We love the values it instills in young men. We also love that BSA will provide our son with activities different than we would normally provide. It is taking us out into the world to do and experience things we would not normally do. We have never been camping. Our son is VERY excited to go on his first camping trip, but we have no camping equipment. We would love the opportunity to enter this contest!

    • I think it would help them feel good about themselves and help them with problem solving skills.

    • Gofigr3

      My 9 yr old son (Jr Webelos)  put it best… “why is it important to be a Boy Scout?- Because it is important to learn new things that you cant learn in school so that maybe one day that somebody is in toruble you can help them and save them.”

    • Jennydh

      We are a scout family.  My husband is the Bear den leader.   I am treasurer.  My 8 year old is a bear and my year old is a monkey (made up term for siblings that attend).  This is the only extra-cirricular activity we could find (besides church) that teaches morals and actually helps to grow my son’s in to the man we want him to become through actual role models showing them how.

    • Jburic09032

      It helps him learn all the things a boy should know about camping,survival, and other activities. I just wish more boy scout camps were christian.

    • flomom

      As the mother of a scout who is working on his Eagle, the experience of scouting has given him lots of great memories with his dad, other dads and boys– most of whom go to our church.  He also had the opportunity to be senior patrol leader which was a great leadership and learning experience.  I highly recommend scouting — for boys and girls.

    • Tracey Rickels

      Scouting does teach the things you mentioned as well as service to others. So many of their rank advancements and merit badges require some sort of service project. It is great to see young men putting other people before themselves. In this world of “me, me, me”, you don’t see people helping other people out with no expectation of getting anything in return. I am proud to be the mother of a Life Scout who is currently working toward his Eagle Rank. Scouting has given him values and confidence that I don’t know that he could have learned anywhere else.

    • Leenie

      I feel that the Boy Scouts of America is a wonderful organization.  I only have girls, but my brother is a Eagle Scout.   I think this is a wonderful place for boys to become men, where they can learn life long skills.  There is a ruff world out there and young people need clubs, groups, etc. that show them positive ways of living and this is one of the best if not the best out there…..

    • Roni

      I have 2 boys in scouts, one is about to become an Eagle.  Boy Scouts provides them with so many opportunities and experiences that I would have never thought of on my own.  I am so proud of their accomplishments and hard work.  They have knowledge about so many things besides camping.  It really makes my heart proud when I see one of them holding a door for another person or bowing their heads whey they pray!

    • Scouting is wonderufl, you learnimportant skills for life as a teen and an adult!

    • Anonymous

      Scouts teaches our children the core values that the majority of today’s society seems to have forgotten. My step-daughter is a member of the local Scout Venture Crew . She has had the opportunity to spend time the last two summers at Boy Scout camps in New Mexico and the Florida Keys. She is now a certified scuba diver. Scouts give boys and girls opportunities that they would not have otherwise.

    • Daniel korpi

      Both my boys are in scouting and it has added confidence and more opportunities for us to do thing s together as a family. The boys as well as my husband and myself have  made lasting friendships through scouting.

    • MelissaE

      I am the proud mother of both a Boy Scout and a Junior Girl scout. Scouting teaches children to do for themselves as well as others, it teaches honesty, integrity, respect, and faith. These are values that will serve my children well for the rest of their lives.

    • Kendra Brown

      Scouting helps boys learn teamwork.

    • Lanija

      I really need a bumper sticker for my car “I am proud of my scouts”, 15 & 16 years old, as well as their dad, an assistant scout master. They learn more during a scout outing than they learn during a month of school.

    • Sherie

      As a mom of cub scouts, I love the comrodery it instills as well as the skills they learn.  All of the boys love to go camping with the scouts and learn so many outdoor skills!!  It also instills independence!

    • Pam Forester

      Boy Scouts teach boys and young men confidence and preparedness.  Two things we can all use!  Boy Scouts Rock!
      Pam Forester

    • Cdennis924

      Becoming a Boy Scouts builds future leaders for our country! Being able to overcome obstacles as a group or just as an individual builds ones self confidence and skills. Boy Scouts are what makes our communities stronger!

    • Lindas

      because it teaches them leadership for which we need in America

    • jessica

      My son loves cub scouts and my daughter is a Brownie. Last year I was a co leader for girl scouts. I love what it teaches them and they have so much fun they dont even realize they are learning.

    • Squeak

      I was never really interested in Girl Scouts when I was younger, so when my brother enrolled in Cub Scouts, I might as well have become one too!  I eventually stopped going to every meeting as I grew up and found other interests, but it eventually got its hooks back in me after my brother aged out (almost made Eagle, but missed it by a hair).  I learned a lot about the Scout Law and how it applies to any situation and anyone – there are no exceptions, no exclusions, no “sometimes” clauses…scouting teaches you that you to respect everyone and everything around you, and that everything can turn into a lesson.  There is no “I” in a troop/den/pack – there is only “we”.  Teamwork is the basis of scouting, along with teaching the boys to learn to think and solve problems in a responsible way, and help them learn about everything that the world can offer.

      Scouting is beneficial to everyone involved in it, not just the boys themselves.  Every boy gains friends, knowledge, experience, and their parents oftentimes learn the same lessons that their boys are taught.  Tolerance, teamwork, problem solving, environmentalism, giving back to the community, doing what is right vs doing what is easy – things that sometimes weren’t taught in their parents’ homes when they themselves were children.

      Scouting helps boys feel like they’re on equal footing with everyone else, regardless of how much their parents make, what car they drive, or how big their house is.  In the woods they all have to work together to make sure they’re prepared so they don’t sleep in puddles the entire time, or starve because they didn’t bring enough food.

      Spongebob can’t teach them what the BSA can.

    • Drvnyouth

      I’m happy to say that my son and I have been involved in Scouting since he was in the 1st grade and a Tiger Cub.  Today he is 13 and is a First Class Scout from Troop 429 in Daytona Beach, FL.  I am the Charter Organization Representative for the troop as well as the Outdoor Activities Coordinator (meaning I plan all of their camping trips).  My husband is also an Asst. Scoutmaster for the troop.  My son’s goal is to obtain Eagle Rank by 15 years old.  He’s heading to the National Jamboree in 2013.  I believe that the core values of scouting play an important role in making a young boy into a responsible and worthy man.  I cannot wait to see how he grows into adulthood! (Well, yes I can!)  Camping is a HUGE part of our Troop life because we go once a month for 9 months out of the year – in fact, he’s heading to the woods this weekend!

    • Lisa B.

      I am the very proud Mother of a Life Scout.  My 17 year old son is set to begin his Eagle Project in the next few weeks.  He has had the chance to help out several of his fellow scouts as they completed their own Eagle projects and is looking forward to working on his own.  Through his 11 years of Scouting, he has had many doors opened for him and has been given the chance to see and do many things most boys his age have not.  He has been white water rafting (twice),  snow skiing (a big deal here in south Georgia), sailing and camping.  He is an accomplished cook and can build a fire better than anyone I know.  He has learned the importance of giving back to his community through community service, he has served in several leadership roles within his patrol and troop.  Right now he is his troop’s chaplin and leads his entire troop in prayer every week.  He has learned self confidence and is very proud of his own accomplishments.  He is looked up to by the younger boys, mainly because he has an unlimited amount of  patience with them.  While on overnight camping trips, he is always paired with some of the younger scouts who tend to get scared and homesick.  His Scoutmaster has said on many occasions that he does not know what he would do without Joshua along on their trips to help with the younger boys.  Joshua won the Do a Good Turn Award one summer at camp for his actions in helping a new scout, who was scared and had wet his bed.  In the middle of the night, my son helped the boy clean up and change into dry clothes, put him in his own cot and sleeping bag, then proceeded to hike over half a mile to the camp laundry room to wash this little boy’s sleeping bag and clothes.  When he was found by his Scoutmaster, he said he did it so the other boys in the troop would not find out and make fun of this little boy…a boy he had only met two days before.  He is seen as the trusted ‘big brother’ in his troop and he loves being seen like that.  You see, my sweet, kind hearted son has  Asperger’s Syndrome and Tourette’s.  He has spent the majority of his life being made fun of and shunned by kids his own age.  It is only in Scouting that he has found his place in the world and is made to feel like he is special…in a good way.  His Scoutmasters are so patient with him and work so well with him.  He has never one time been told he could not do what the other boys are doing, in fact he is often pushed to do more because these amazing men have seen the potential in my son.  The boys have accepted him and pay no attention to his Tourette’s…he is just Josh and he makes funny faces sometimes.  It is a running joke about his “grunting”…one of the new scouts thought he had heard a wild animal the night before and Josh just very nonchalantly said, “Oh no that was me!”.  It was the first time he had ever been able to laugh at himself, and he told me later it felt really good.  Scouting has offered my son a safe place in an often cruel world, a place where he is allowed to be himself, to show what he can do, to make friends and to be a friend.  There is not many organizations that can offer all these things while teaching a boy how to be a man any mother would be proud of.  I know Joshua would love to give his troop these camping supplies…it would be such a small way of saying thank you for all they have given to him over the years.

    • Jdudak

      Boy Scouts teach boys confidence and they will learn lessons they will value for a lifetime!

    • SWalk

      Amen!  Being a scout teaches our children SO much!!  I would LOVE to give my scout-cousin Colton $500 towards camping gear to use for his scout!!  That would mean the world to him!! :)

    • 5higgins

      My family would love to win this!  Our boys participate in Royal Rangers at our church which is similar to scouts but Christian in nature.  They camp often and our group is small and still fairly young.  This would help our boys as well as our church!  Gonna have to put this on my prayer list;)

    • Amy

      We are thinking of becoming scouts and would love to hear more. Real men are hard to find these days and Boy Scouts are wonderful!

    • Jsb Mommy

      I agree, these are the types of boys I want my 3 girls to marry!  And they are Girl Scouts, so I hope they are learning to be the kind of person a Boy Scout would marry!

    • Scouting is wonderful for the sense of self and purpose it provides to youngsters!

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    • Afgmorris

      It is important to become a scout because it teacehes them  skills that they will use for the rest of their life.

    • Lynnbspencer

      My 12-year son is a Scout.  The Boy Scout program is one of the very best managed and noble organizations that get very little PR.  My experience with the men who volutneer their time has been exceptional.  I would highly recommned the Scoutning program to any parent with a son.  The opportunities to get out in nature vs sitting in front of a TV/computer on the weekend…Priceless.  The opportunity to learn respect from their fellow scouts…Priceless.  And I don’t want to offend the fellow moms reading this…but our young men need to be away from the female dominated society they live in (how many of your son’s teachers are men?) and spend more time in the company of men and boys.

    • KLB

      We are a 3 generation active scout family.  Headed out to a leaders meeting in 10 minutes.

    • Cwease

      My son is a Star Scout with troop 213 in Okatie, SC.  He has learned to be a respectful young man and is growing everyday.  They are taught to give back to the community by serving others, they lead by example, and hold each other accountable.   As the boys progress it like a management training program.  They are prepared to lead, handle themselves around adults, and run major projects, I.E. Eagle Projects.   Way to go boys! 

    • M

      I think that scouting is wonderful for young men looking to gain some life skills and make new and lifelong friends, my sons were scouts and love the opportunity!

    • Bnsturner

      Scouting teaches so many of the values that our society is lacking today.  Also, with the number of boys growing up without a father, scouting provides an excellent male role model for boys to emulate.  Furthermore, scouting teaches lots of skills that are not taught in schools, such as life skills (first aid, how to build a fire, how to tie knots, canoeing, etc.).  My husband is an Eagle Scout and so is his brother and they are both very solid citizens!!

    • 4-millers

      I have been active in scouts as a leader for three years now. I started as a den Mom and when our leader became ill and unable to continue, myself and another Mom stepped up to be co leaders. We both knew the difference scouts was making in our children and we had 13 boys that came regularly. My son is a different kid when he is in his class A uniform. The qualities of confidence, leadership and dedication to our
      country and community are unmatched by other activities we have been involved in.It is a time committment as a leader but seeing the results is what keeps me going back! The camping equipment would be so great to share at our next cub and family trip with scouts! Molly M. Bear leader Pack 753

    • Skay

      My son is almost 13 and has been in Scouting since he was 6!  His goal is to make Eagle Scout. I put him in Scouting because his dad was not around alot and wanted him to have some good male role models – Best decision I ever made.  When they are in Cub Scouts (1st -5th grade) Moms are welcome as leaders, etc. which is good for the younger boys.  But now that he is almost 13, he is surrounded by an amazing group of leaders (all male).  They work with each and every boy to help them with their achievements.  Don’t hesitate – get your boys into Scouts!  Don’t know where to go?  Call the local District office and they’ll tell you where the closest pack or troop is!

    • Tiffany Hopper

      My son is a brand new Cub Scout and is loving it. It instills so many great values in these young men, and really boosts their self esteem!

    • Teach_ashlee

      My dad worked with the BSA for many, many years, and now my husand is doing the same thing.  All of my brothers are eagle scouts.  From these experiences, I have seen firsthand the kind of character and leadership the BSA can help young men to develop.  My oldest son is only 4, but I fully intend to have him involved in the BSA when he is older.

    • Webelo’s Grandma

      My grand son has had a rough life.  His mom abandoned him when he was four.  His dad was abusive both physically and mentally.  At age seven he came to live with me (his grandmother). He was in counseling  and he was a wreck.  I prayed for help in raising him and wondered how a woman almost 60 years old could give this child what he needed to grow into a good man.  The next day he came home from school with an invitation to come and learn about Cub Scouts.  We went and he joined.  This was the answer to my prayers.
      The boys in that pack and the fathers and mother who devoted their time treated him just as they did their own children.  He had good male role models and lots of good friends. He loved it! Within a year his counselor released him.  He is now 10 and has overcome most of the behavioral problems he had developed. And he is growing up to be a fine young man.  He had a lot of help from friends, teachers and family members.
      But, scouting was the key.  If every boy was a scout, our world would be a better place.

    • back2thettable

      LOVE SCOUTS!  Proud Mom of a 2nd year Webelos and 1st Class boy scout. 

    • Dr Mobbs

      I am a single mom and I have a 7 year old son.  My father died when I was still a young girl and my son needs strong male influnce to learn how to become a man.  The scouts will help him develop the skills to become strong mentaly, emotionally and physcially.  The decitated scout leaders are teaching him to be a productive citizen and country man.  He is beginning to learn about duty and honor.  I am so thankful for the Boy Scouts of America because of the support they have given my son and my family. 

    • ScoutingDad

      Scouting provides youth with an opportunity to try new things, provide service to others, build self-confidence, and reinforce values we hold dear at home. 

    • Chiefsangeleyes

      I call my boyfriend my boyscout to this day..and he’s 45! There’s just so many beneficial life and protective skills they learn!

    • Shayna

      As a mother of a 1st year Webelos and a another child who will be a Tiger next year, I definitely suggest scouts to any family with young boys. Although there are times that we have to push our son to get the requirements needed in order to get new belt loops or to finish a section in his book, I know how much it is teaching him to become a great man that love and respect’s his parents and his country (and future wife). Popcorn sales started last week for us and in 5 days he is only $16 shy of $1,000. Did you know that they added a new reward for popcorn sales. Any scout that sales $2500 or more will recieve 6% in a college fund!! Just One More Reason to LOVE Scouts!! Also, the stuff that he gets to do: car derby races, space derby races, over nights at a minor league baseball field, overnights at Science Center, Scout night at the circus… the list goes on and on. I LOVE SCOUTS! If we win $500 we will put it towards camping equipment, uniforms, badges, scouting events… the list is endless when it comes to scouting…. Thanks for the opportunity!

    • Jane Bowers

      I have been a Boy Scout Leader for 7 years, and as of last night my 12 year old son is a 2nd class scout.  My son thinks it’s cool that his mom is a leader.  I love that we can share this adventure together.

      My hope and dream for my son is that as an adult he will “be prepared” (Scout motto) for whatever life throws at him; that he will be a person of good values and morals; that he will be confident in his abilities; and that someone like Jenny will someday be proud that their daughter married Josh; and most of all, that he will continue to believe that service to others is a requirement, not an option.

      Josh not only learns skills for surviving in the wilderness, but also for surviving in his school, our community, and our nation.  Someday when he is on his own (Yikes), he will knowingly and unknowingly use his scouting experience and skills to be a leader and a cheerleader.

      Prayer composed by Chief Yellow Lark, a Blackfoot Indian–
      Oh, Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the winds and whose breath gives life to all the world, hear me,  I come before you, one of your many children.  I am weak and small.  I need your strength and wisdom.  Let me walk in beauty and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset; my ears sharp so I may hear your voice.  Make me wise, so I may learn the things you have taught my people, the lessons you have hidden under every rock and leaf.  I seek strength, not to be superior to my brothers, but to be able to fight my greatest enemy–my self.  Make me ever ready to come to you with clean hands and straight eyes, so whenever life fades, like the fading sunset, my spirit will come to you without shame.

      Jane Bowers

    • Cereusy

      The Scouts, either boy or girl, provide positive experiences for kids in an environment that encourages them to think while keeping them safe.  It also provides them with wonderful interaction with other kids outside of their age group and school groups.  And lastly, it gives them everyday people living real lives to use as role models.

    • Amy

      My son is a Tiger Cub! What I have seen and learned in the past 2 months is wonderful. I hope he plans to stay in BSA.

    • Jsjkr03

      I think Boys Scouts of America teaches boys to be fine young men. All the attributes that a scout has, trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. Are the things you want a man to be. My son is an Eagle Scout, my husband a scout leader for many years. Scouting teaches boy to believe in themselves, work well with others and have a positive effect on others. If I won, I would donate this to a local scout troop.

    • Kathyneff

      great way for boys to do things as a team and grow!

    • jdeucker

      Self esteem…it’s a great girft from Scouts to my boys.

    • Mandymay51

      My son is a wolf cub this year and loved being a tiger cub last year.  It’s nice to see him be apart of an organization that embraces such great values and celebrates boys becoming strong stand up men. 

    • Mjmarkel

      The best part of a Boy becoming a Boy Scout in America is Leadership and Responsibility. Our country has lost the ability to teach the children to THINK to become leaders. And, we as a society have lost the respectfulness for those leading and learning. I feel in Boy Scouts, through boy led programs, they are learnign these characteristics which be very beneficial for our future.

    • Keephim1st

      Scouts offers an amazing opportunity for our boys to learn valuable leadership skills.

    • Anonymous

      Do you want your child to grow up to be a good person? Sign him or her up for the Scouts! My dad is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient (sort of), cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. He was a Boy Scout; and at 82 he still practices what he was taught and loves his scouting memories! If we win the camping gear, I’ll help him re-live those memories. 

    • Fmcow

      I have a Webelo and a Tiger! Besides looking AMAZINGLY cute in their tiger outfits, Cubscouts has excellent male role leaders, awesome experiences and opportunities that otherwise would not be available for many of the boys involved in scouting. HATS OFF to an EXCELLENT organization that is not afraid to stand up for what’s right nor taking the easy way out by diluting their curriculum.

    • Nicole Nawrocki

      I was so very happy to read this post.  My boys have been in scouts for about three weeks now and it has been amazing in such a short time.  I really felt it would be beneficial to them with there daddy working evenings to be around some other positive male role models in his absence.  They are learning so much and are even participating in a community service project tomorrow evening packing food boxes for the salvation army.  I was amazed to find that scouts are taught so much more than camping skills(I know one track mind here lol) my boys are being taught core values of doing good for others, they are being taught honesty and working ethics they are also around such positivity and I look at scotts as an extension of our family and i know my boys are being taught skills that will help them become decent citizens and fine young men.  I am so happy we have joined and really see us taking this to the eagle scout level as there is nothing but rewarding benefits for them.  As a mom why would you not want to see your little boy develop into a helpfull and strong young man that truley learned to have heart and take pride in their actions as well as do good all around when possible those are attributes any man can pass on to their children male or female i really feel scouting is rewarding and beneficial not only to the scout but to their family and society in whole.  Amazing is all I can say……… 

    • Denice

      I think the best part of Boy Scouts is how they teach the boys to become leaders by practicing being leaders.  I love the values they teach and the life skills they teach.

    • Mnn803

      My boys have learned lots of safety measures at Boy scouts!!!

    • bruserlajean

      My son is working on getting his Eagle Rank and he has been involved in cub scouts and boy scouts for about 7 years.  I have seen him grow and mature so much since being in scouts.  It has helped him develop leadership skills that I don’t feel he would have gained through any other source.  It teaches them to be men of character which I feel our society is lacking in now a days.  It prepares them for job interviews, teaches them to make decisions,  take responsibility, survival skills, planing, leading other boys, directing meetings,  teaching their skills to others and seeing others succeed, being good role models, and just having fun being outdoors with your friends.  This has been the best thing my son has been involved in and he loves being involved and helping younger scouts move up the ranks.  I would highly recommend this program to anyone with boys.

    • Cwaldron01

      I have a 12 year old who is a scout.  It has taught him so much. It has made him more responsible.  It has taught him to love the outdoors.  Also, his pack is very close so it has given him life long friends. My husband is an Eagle scout and contributes how far he has come in his life with things he learned as a scout.

    • amanda

      They teach life and leadership skills

    • Redcntry88

      My son is a Cub Scout and he is so excited to learn all the cool boy stuff.  We are happy that they teach to be really great people in a fun way!

    • Kristen

      I can’t say enough good things about scouting. My DH is also an Eagle scout and an assistant scout master and we have 4 boys the oldest of whom will start cubs in 2 years. Scouts gives great focus, purpose, and sense of acomplishment to boys. Where so many institutions are failing our young men, scouts raises the bar for the our boys.

    • Wjmonk

      Scouts are such a wonderful way to foster good elements in young boys. My son is looking forward to joining next year.

    • Kelliefoster

      My oldest son is a Wolf Cub this year, and both his Father and I are Den Leaders. I am so grateful that we have the opportunity to not only have our son in Scouts, but that we have the opportunity to be in it as a family (even his twin brother and sister tag along with us for most of the things we do).

      I think Scouts has the opportunity to play an extremely important role in a boy’s life!  It teaches them core values that are crucial for them to become effective and positive members of society.  Scouts is also important because it gives boys opportunities to see and do things that they may not be able to otherwise (many of the boys in our Den went on their first camping trip with us last Spring).  It is also instrumental in the emotional development of our boys!  It puts them positions to succeed (Always Do Your Best), even if you don’t win.  It gives them a confidence that I think boys, or mine in particular, would not have otherwise!


    • Stella02

      My son is now old enough to really start understanding these concepts. I look foward to him becoming a scout as his dad leads him and helps him grown into the man that God wants him to be.

    • Kikiher

      My son crossed over from cub scout to boy scout about 3 years ago.  Three of his buddies crossed over too.  Within the first year those buddies dropped out of scouts.  The older boys were too intimidating and they weren’t sure if they would fit into the troop.  The first year was rough, getting used to really camping and doing things on his own and being told what to do by older boys and not leaders.  Our troop is a boy led troop so it is up to the older boys to lead and step up and bring up the new younger boys.  The adult leaders act more as advisors to make sure the older boys don’t go overboard on some of the younger ones.  After the first year my son began to feel more comfortable and started working hard for his rank advancements.  The first couple of hiking/camping trips were hard on him physically.  He now loves and looks forward to hiking and camping.  He has learned so much and he has matured as a young man in the last 3 years.  He has realized that this world is not all about him and it is much more about serving family, needy and the community.  He takes pride in serving community.  It does take a village to raise a child and Boy Scouts has helped shape my child to by a fine young man.

    • Jennzy2

      Scouts builds character and promotes leadership skills.

    • Aunt Suzie

      I am raising my great-nephew and he is turning 9. This is our 6th year together as a single parent home. I knew being just Aunt Suzie was not enough leadership for him. He is active in sports and thrived on the male companionship. I sought out more avenues for him and Scouting has been the key. He is in his 2nd year and is now a Bear and it has helped him develop skills he would not have received through day to day activities. We live by the Cub Scout Promise in our home and community.  We are going hiking this weekend and camping at the end of the month of October. I am so proud of the Scout and  man he is becoming every day!  

    • Gina

      Scouting is awesome in so many ways. Scouting helps our boys focus on becoming young boys who grow into courteous, caring and courageous young men.  I especially love their commitment to God and Country.

    • Amy

      My son is a boy scout and he has learned so much! The men dedicate so much time to teach our kids.

    • Laura

      Scouting teaches boys tons of skills they don’t learn in school. It’s more important today that kids get outside and learn about other cultures. Scouts creates responsible well rounded boys that are more likely to succeed as they grow into adults.

    • Jones Vicky

      My son is an Eagle Scout. He became one in 2008. It was a lot of hard work. But he had so much fun getting to his goal. The Boy Scouts were there for him when he went through some trials and tribulations that no little boy should go through. They taught him how to be a “good” boy and how to be a “real” man. He has taken the lessons he learned through Boy Scouts and have applied them to his adult life. I am proud of my son and I am quite confident that the Boy Scouts has helped him to be the “man” that he is today.

    • Sk8ladykw

      My oldest son is in Cub Scouts and his 3 little brothers will be a cub scouts and then Boy scouts one day. I have seen my son learn lots of useful information like tying different knots to learning safety procedures. I have seen the excitement of building a boat for rain gutter ragada to the joy of making his own pine wood derby car. I see it teaching lots of life skills and giving my son confidence. I see the joy to when you win a pine wood derby. This has been such a fun and great experience for my son.

    • JoR

      I have a Webelos 2 and a boy scout (first year) – I am amazed at how responsible they have become and I am seeing the glimmer of some great future leadership skills. The boy scouts offers them so many opportunities to not only learn but have fun too. Also, we win the Pinewood Derby every year!!!

    • Beck7472

      I believe that children are not taught the things that we were taught back in the day.  I believe that that’s the best place to learn some of those things that we need so desperately.

    • Luci

      “Be prepared.” We have former scouts (dad, spouse, siblings, and myself) in our family and future scouts. Planning ahead for a variety of situations be they financial, weather related, or physical go back to many of the lessons we learned as scouts. Some of these situations may seem mundane, but the cumulative efforts pay dividends in keeping our home and perhaps our community on track.

    • Ecantrell4

      Boy Scouts teaches boys various skills they don’t learn in school. It’s
      more important today that kids get outside and learn about other
      cultures, nature, environment, etc.. I believe Boy Scouts helps develop responsible boys that are more
      likely to succeed as they grow into young men..

    • Jstilley47

      Todays Dad does not seem to have time in their schedules for one on one time for their sons. So Scouting is essential for the bonding process.

    • Gayle

      First of all let me say that I have been a den mother for both of my boys from tiger cubs through webelos.  It is a wonderful organization for children as well as  parents.  I have had many children that really grew and matured through the course of their boy scout training.  In today’s society it is a wonderful and much needed influence on boys of all ages.  I so encourage parent’s to look into a local pack in their area., Go Blue and Gold…. ‘Thanks Gayle

    • One Grateful Mom

      Scouting offers my son the opportunity to put values and beliefs in action to serve others. Additionally, he is challenged and rewarded for being a person of integrity, compassion, and dedication. Perhaps most importantly, scouting allows my son to gain perspective far beyond our small corner of the world and the latest techno-gadget or video-game. He’s gaining a greater appreciation for humanity and is beginning to realize that one organization, one troop, one den, one child truly CAN make a difference.

    • Jackee Simmons

      My son is a Wolf in Cub Scouts.  In the Cub Scout program, it is a family program that includes siblings and parents.  So anything he does, we all get to do.  It helps build our family to have positive things to do together that help one another grow.  In scouting, he is learning respect (the cub scout follows akela).  He is learning that his choices affect others (the cub scout helps the pack go).  He is learning about teamwork and good will.  He is learning core values (slightly different from boy scouts).  He is learning about respect for our nation and how to treat others.  He is learning to be charitable.  He is learning to do his best.  He is also involved in the sports and academics programs.  He has alot of fun and is developing healthy relationships with other boys and adults.  Hopefully, my scout will become a boy scout and then someday be and Eagle Scout.  Not only will he have had the benefit of being involved in scouting, but it does make a difference on college and job applications to be able to say he was an eagle scout.  I am the proud parent of a scout, and am very thankful for the opportunities that scouting affords my family.

    • Anonymous

      My son is an Eagle Scout as of last year.  He started as a cub scout many years ago. The leadership skills and tasks they need to accomplish are all worth the effort and time dedicated to scouting.

    • Holly

      These days, there is so much NOT taught to our children in school, at least not like it used to be. They learn so much from scouting, but I love that they teach loyalty! It’s a trait most adults could use a good lesson in.

    • Jessica S

      It teaches boys how to be respectful, resourceful and well rounded.

    • April

      Today’s boys need positive role models as well as positive activites that enhance their lives.  Too many young boys spend their time with video games that can be unhealthy.  It is good to see them learn life skills and experience the wonderful outdoors.  It is always great when kids learn respect, kindness, honesty and work ethic along with other life values.

    • Melissa

      It teaches them a lot of skills that school doesn’t while giving them a lot of social interaction!

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    • Mclamrockg

      Scouting teaches values, ethics, and morals – all needed by young men to be successful in today’s world.  The boys  have good fellowship, learn to work as a team, develope self esteem,   learn new skills as well as review the old ideas.  I am thankful for all the men and women that give of their time and talents for such a great organization.  I have one Eagle Scout, one working on his, and another in Webloes ll.  Thanks to the BSA!  One is camping this weekend and two more weekends coming up.  I get to have girls night. Yeah!  

    • Joel

      Give them positive reinforcement while teaching them beneficial things about nature and such while having fun!

    • Armywife

      I grew up with a Boy Scout brother, and once my son was scouting age, we joined a pack.  He is now an Eagle Scout and has so many benefits from his scouting years.  Not only has this achievement helped him in school and NJROTC, but he will forever remember the values and experiences of the 12 years he has had in Boy Scouts.

    • Josee MacIntyre

      Being part of Boy Scouting gives boys a positive experience where they learn leadership, take part in new experiences, and gives them useful skills they can use as they go through life.

    • Laury

      It’s so great when kids have something like the Scouts to join. Learning new things they wouldn’t have a chance to experence anywhere else.

    • Warrentrips

      Scouting prepares kids for the world.  It teaches ethics and values that prove invaluable.

    • Pastorswife51

      My son is a first year cub scout which is the start for boy scouts, and I am so impressed with the values taught.  I love the pledge that they promise to do their best to serve God and their country and to help others!  If only everyone had the mindset to help others! 

    • Maralie

      So weird… my husband and I were just talking about scouts for our little man. We were talking about sports and values and scouts came up in the values department! :) Would love to win!

    • Alison

      I have been involved with BSA for over 8 years and my 14 yo is almost an EAGLE!!  This has been the most rewarding experience in my parenting career!

    • Jsjpope

      My son is a Bear Cubscout this year and even though we are not leaders Scouting does offer tons of parent participation…even for mom!  We love the values and respect that Scouting teaches our son and the quality time it gives us as a family as we work on achievements and go camping together!!

    • Tammy Guthrie

      Both my boys have been involved with Scouts for many years. My oldest will have achieved the rank of Life Scout in the next month. From here, he will spend his 8th grade year working on Eagle rank.  He lives for Scouting.  It has provided many leadership opportunities that could not be attained elsewhere.   I highly recommend scouting for any boy.

    • Mjgirard

      My daughter is 4 years older than my son and she was involved in girl scouts for 6 years with me being a co-leader.  As my son got old enough to join boy scouts my husband and I felt that it was an important activity for him to be involved in.  He is now a Webelos I and very exited about moving up the ranks to eventually becoming an eagle scout.  We are very lucky to have great leadership in our pack and I can’t say enough about all of the activities that they have organized for the boys.  The best thing about boy scouts is that they accept everyone without telling them they need to be nothing but the best person they can be.  My hats off to anyone that can be a positive role model to children.

    • Katie

      Oh wow! My son is a star scout and he loves it! Everything you said about scouting is true!  It is awesome and you can never have enough gear.  We love it all! The boys grow into men with confidence and self esteem.

    • SunnyTeresa

      Being involved in boy scouts has been a tremendous way for my son to be mentored by guys a few years older than he.  Their material is so good, we use it as part of his home school curriculum.  He has learned much about safety and helping others.  I think it is a wonderful program.

    • Donna Windham

      I know how important scouting is to a child. My son has been a scout for a year (well 2 months shy of his anniversary) and I have watched him grow in so many ways!! Scouting has given him a confidence in himself that is amazing =] The night he attended his first meeting he was shy, reserved and wouldn’t even say hello to the other children….today he is running around, laughing, talking  and helping the “new” scouts learn. We just went through our 1st popcorn sale and my shy reserved child stood out in front of Lowes in his uniform with such confidence it truly made my heart sing. He is not a baby anymore….he is a fine young man who knows he can do anything he puts his mind to. as his Mom I would love to take the credit for his growth but it is a direct result of the Boy Scouts and I will forever be a scout supporter!!

    • Angela

      Boy Scouts was the answer to my prayers.  My oldest son has ADHD and at school he is awarkard and considered the “weird” kid. Boy Scouts has allowed him to shine socially, emotionally and given him the confidence he needs to face the world outside of Boy Scouts.  My middle son is also involved in Boy Scouts while my husband is an Eagle Scout and troop leader. Finally, my little guy will become a part of this wonderful organization when he is old enough.

    • Drydendi

      I think the values and skills they learn are invaluable. There are few organizations that still strive to do this for kids.

    • Hndawgs

      My 7 year old son just joined the cub scouts and I don’t think either of us could be more excited about it.   He looks forward to every event and talks with such enthusiasm about what they did in the meeting.  Cub Scouts is an extension of our home and church.  I look forward to experiencing all that Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts has to offer my son.

    • Jewelnjem

      My son is a Star Scout and is working toward advancement in December. One badge he has started is backpacking. We have quickly discovered his current backpack set is not going to work so $500 of gear would be super!

    • Yolanda

      My son was an Eagle Scout and is now 26 and my godson just entered his first year of scouting as a Weblo.  He sure could use this this. His first camping trip is later this month.  I am so happy his mother got him involved in scouting.

    • Gmp7692

      As a teacher and a mother of a boy I have seen first hand how important having a group of peers and positive role models are for young men. Joining the scouts provide a positive environment for boys to grow learn and forge lifelong friendships.

    • Gmp7692

      As a teacher and a mother of a boy I have seen first hand how important having a group of peers and positive role models are for young men. Joining the scouts provide a positive environment for boys to grow learn and forge lifelong friendships.


      My husband, brother, brother-in-law, and father-in-law are all Eagle Scouts. From the time my brother joined Cub Scouts in the first grade I have been surrounded by Scouting. I have been lucky enough to witness first hand that wonderful organization that is Boy Scouts of America. The confidence and skills that it instills in young men is amazing. The BSA is so much more than outdoor skills, it teaches young men citizenship and character development.
      My son recently joined Tiger Cubs and I am now their den leader. I am so excited that he is following in the footsteps of the males in his life.

    • Kirstensmomnc

      Scouting is important for boys because it teaches them life skills, leadership skills, discipline, dedication, comraderie, and so many other things.  It gives them the opportunity to try things they wouldn’t normally get to do, and gives them another “family” in their lives.  It also builds their confidence for tackling issues later in life, and allows them to have pride in their accomplishments.

    • Hsmama123

      I have searched for a boy scout group in our area, but I guess we are too rural to have one! So, we would be very excited to win this! There are several boys (of all ages) in our area that don’t seem to have the influence in their lives that scouting can bring, so this would be a great opportunity to show them that and have fun at the same time! My husband and I have both been in scouts and see it as a valuable opportunity to learn and fellowship! Go scouts :)

    • AJ

      Two of my boys are in Boys Scouts and it has been a great group to be a part of.  My boys have learned so much and made great friends.  I think it’s beneficial for a boys to be in Boys Scouts because the valuable lessons that they learn.

    • Mclinley

      My child has been a scout for 9 years. It has taught him not only basic life skills but the importance of being a pillar of the community and leadership skills that can be used in everyday life. WE love scouting!!!!

    • Frannycwc2002

      i think it teaches leadership and surrival skills

    • flannelus

      I was so glad to see this! We just joined Scouts this year (my son is a 3rd grader). I am so impressed with everything about it. We just had our fall campout this weekend and what a blast. Scouting is so imporant for so many reasons. Their core values, the love of country they teach, and everything is geared towards family. They teach teamwork, camaraderie, confidence. I love too that there are so many people around teaching life lessons and being a mentor. My husbands schedule is crazy but he has managed to squeeze in time to be the den leader and our son couldn’t be more thrilled. Siblings are allowed at every function and/or event which just helps more with keeping the family together which is so imporant.

    • toybee

      Scouting teaches valuable life lessons and encourages important parent-child interaction. It’s a good, positive environment in a time when that is unfortunately lacking.

    • Mary

      We’re a scouting family.  My DH is an Eagle scout and our boys who are old enough to be in a pack have been scouts since Tigers.  Scouting teaches responsibility, important life skills, and the value of helping others.   Our whole family enjoys participating in many events from campouts to cookouts.  We love it!

    • Deborah Groome

      My child started as a Tiger (1st grade) in the Cub Scouts.  He has atended faithfully and is now a Tenderfoot with his Boy Scout Troop.  The core values that each boy learns stays with him forever. My son applies these values to his everyday life. He see’s trash on the street, he picks it up.  When he is grubmaster for a camping trip, he first looks to see where he can save money for his troop.  When he sees someone (man, woman, or animal) in need, he finds a way to help.  Both my husband and myself serve(d) as leaders.  My son’s troop could definetly benefit from the camping gear.  The troop has been fortunate to grow in size over the last year.  However, with any type of growth, there is a cost involved.  I am sure that any Boy Scout Troop would feel honored as well as so very thankful to receive such an awesome “prize”. 

    • Lindsayphillips

      My 6 year old son just went to his first Tiger Scout meeting. My husband did not have the opportunity when he was a little boy, and I can see his excitement about sharing this experience with our son.  As a parent, I am excited for him to be a part of an organization that reinforces the values that we try to teach him at home. 

    • Shawnfullcircle

      Boy Scout’s is a great way. To learn teamwork and how to say positive and be friendly with others.

    • Susiedunham

      Boy Scouts is such a great program for boys because they learn so many valuable skills that they can use throughout their lives. They learn outdoor skills, leadership skills and social skills just to name a few.  My son’s school is a school for children with unique learning abilities.  Our pack and troop have gifted children as well as Autistic, Asperger’s, ADD & ADHD and children with other diagnosis.  It is so important for our sons to be a part of BSA just like every other boy in scouts.  My son has grown up so much in the last 3 years through the scouting program.  I am forever grateful for this program for my son.

    • I learned to cook a mean cobbler in a hole in the ground from scouting.

    • Osborne61105

      I’m not writing this to win I just think its great to see all the responses! My husband started at age 5 and went until he got his Eagle Scout and I started at age 5 also and went until I got my Gold Award in Girl Scouts, then worked with GSUSA as an adult member. Both of us have had employers hire us because they were very impressed with our long dedication to scouting. It teaches you all about life from 360 degree perspective, not just one 180 degree perspective. My husband and I have been to places and done things that no sports program or other school club could have ever offered.

    • Rachel

      I think it’s beneficial to be away from technology and learn some things about nature…practical life skills.

    • Sharon

      Wowza, you said it.  I am not sure I can list all the benifits my son has recieved from scouting. (He is currently at First Class.) Confidence and a chance to associate with boys and men with attributes worth modeling, would be the main 2 benifits I see. 

    • Jen

      It teaches kids that there is more to life than just themselves.  There is a whole world out there with endless possibilities and Scouts teaches them that.

    • Melanie Fuller

      It is one of the last institutions outside the home and church that enables young men to develop strong character, strong work ethic, and principled leadership. 

    • Grubbshope

      My son just joined the boy scouts and I just became a den parent.  The program was new to me but I am really impressed.  It seems very Christian based and I am excited to be a park of the program.

    • Zincky

      Lifelong learning, lifelong service, lifelong friendship, lifelong leadership, lifelong real living. Be a scout for Life long and long life!!

    • Dedra

      I feel it teaches them to be boys.They learn things about family and togetherness. To be a team..They learn to have respect and have fun at it. Those knots are amazing.

    • I was just talking to a coworker today about how excited I am for my son (now 5) to join Boy Scouts.  It is an institution grounded in ethics and instilling a love of the outdoors in young men.  

    • Jaynbeth

      My son just joined cub scouts and is so excited, I think learning about honor and respect is beneficial to all our young men. 

    • Jaynbeth

      My son just joined cub scouts and is so excited, I think learning about honor and respect is beneficial to all our young men. 

    • Laura

      Have two boy scouts and one who will be a tiger in a few years.  Scouting is very important to us and the scout law is something that my middle son lives by every day (he often quotes it). Scouting enriches our lives and teaches my boys the value of hard work

    • Allison Teague

      Our son is in his second year of scouts.  We wanted him to join to learn about the outdoors, build self esteem, learn community service, and learn more about team work.  I think it is very beneficial and our son loves it.  I hope he sticks with it all the way to Eagle Scout

    • Jennifer Jasper

      Would love to win this! My 7 year old just started Boy Scouts and loves it! He’s learning great values!

    • Jenissa

      Aside from church and family, where else will they receive instruction like this?!  They will definitely not be seeing these values on dvds, PSP’s, wiis, xboxs etc.  Plus, it’s real.  When boys participate in scouting, they are doing hands on stuff (not just using a game controller). =D   Can I tell you I had the pleasure of watching 11 year old scouts learn how to chop wood and build fires at my house?  Their parents probably would have freaked out watching their kids wielding an axe or maul or hatchet or what have you, but I was impressed.  When put to the task, they suddenly didn’t seem 11 anymore.  They did great. 

    • Hjrudy1

      That is so awesome that you got to witness what a wonderful organization the boy scouts have. My son is a Wolf and we are activley involved with this pack.  It really is cool to watch these boys develop close friendships all the while learning good core values. I feel it sets up a strong foundation for them.

    • Central976

      As the Mother of an Eagle Scout and the sister of three Eagle Scouts, I know that Scouting is a Life Long Learning Endeavour.  I even learned from being around the guys.  My Dad was a Scout Master for years and my Mother was a Den Leader for Cub Scouts for years.  We enjoyed lots of Banquets, Courts of Honor and outings.  My husband became involved as a Scout Leader with our son and enjoyed it more than our Scout.  I know that it has made our son a better person and that Scouting is a wonderful organization.  My first cousin is a Scout Master now and my nephew is in Webelos in his Den and my Brother is his Cub Master.  Scouting goes for generations.  I have seen the boys in my Dad’s Scout troop stay involved helping other boys for years.  My son rents a house from one of my Dad’s Scouts (who also is his boss).     

    • Rdscovington

      This year is my 11th year of being in Boy/Cub Scouts as a leader and committee member.  I can’t even begin to tell you what Cub/Boy Scouts means to me.  Through the years I have learned so much about love, respect, friendship and fun from the boys.  Currently I am a Tiger Cub Leader (for the 6th time) and I just see the miracle from God they are at each den meeting.  I treasure that their parents trust me to lead the precious young boys in their first year of scouting.  Now I have many boys that are either Eagle Scouts or working on their Eagle project (my 2 sons included) and it always makes me so proud when they see me around town and come hug me and telling “Ms. Robin” updates on their life.  BSA has been a wonderful experience for.  It’s my heart and passion.

    • Marie C.

      My son is a Webelo, preparing to bridge over into boyscouts.  He has learned so much in his time in scouts but most importatly it has given him and his dad a very special time to bond— nothing could be better then that!

    • YHerberger

      It is a family thing for us….I was in Girl Scouts as a child (my mother the leader) and my daughter was in Scouts since brownies (I of course was the leader for 7 out of 8 years)  My husband was in cub scouts and my two sons were also in Cub Scouts for many years.  Both Boy and Girl Scouts empower the children and give them skills, morals and values the scouts will carry with them the rest of their lives…..I know my husband and I did.

    • Kristie

      This is my son’s first year as a scout and loves it.  He is in a great troop.  The older boys are such good role models and all the the parents are very involved.  I could not be more pleased!

    • Brenda Dixon

      I am a mother of 3 Eagle Scouts and now have 2 grandsons who will hopefully follow in their father’s footsteps.  This camping gear would be a great start for them to get their personal gear.

    • Jdokupil

      My boys have been in cub scouts for the past 3 years and the just love it.  They are learning about their country, community, health, manners and themselves.  Hopefully they will use this knowledge to become strong young men

    • Dulinitall

      My son is on his 3rd year of scouts and it is by far the best thing we have done for him!  He is learning sense of community, working as part of a team, survival skills, leadership and character building.  He would be thrilled with a chance to get new equipment!!

    • twinsmama

      My son is 6 years old and I can’t wait till he and my husband can join together to do boy scout activities. I think the ability for them to learn living on the land WITH their dads in a group setting of peers is priceless for encouraging independence!

    • Tsmith5744

      My son can’t wait to join Cub scouts! My daughter is in Girl Scouts & I would not have it any other way!!! They learn so much … even more than school & church combined Scouting is the way to go!!!

    • Kelly H

      My son started cub scouts as a bear cub a few weeks ago. I knew about scouts because I was a tiger and wolf scout.  I was reading my son’s book helping him memorize his scout promise and realized as a parent and 35 year old man,I wished I chosen scouts over sports when I was younger. Scouts teaches young boys how to become a real man by teaching them to obey God and to be loyal and honest. Scouts teaches the charactertics of a man that most boys don’t get taught in today’s society. I’m proud to know that my son will learn from me how to be a man of God and have that reinforced in scouts. 

    • Lwhittaker

      Our 12 year old neighbor started as a scout in Tiger Cubs and it’s amazing to see the leadership skills that he has picked up as he as been a scout over the years.  I think scouting is very important at teaching life skills and responsibility.

    • Kgor123

      As a mother of three boys under the age of 6 and a basketball coach as well as PE teacher I deal with boys all day long.  I am always striving to teach my boys.. and hope they absorb… the importance of their behavior and decisions no matter how small affect their lives and the lives of the people around them.  I feel that the boys scouts reinforces all those lessons that make quality young men.  Teaching so many young boys ages 14 to 18 I can see how positive influences can help boys make good decisions.  I think the boys scouts is a great organization that helps boys find a place to belong. 

    • Mhattri

      I have a tenderfoot scout and a bear cub scout. My husband and I are both involved with the pack and troop. It has been a valuable learning tool for our sons, for each of us and to all of us as a family. Every family can win if they try to live  the boy scout way… Trustworthy. Loyal. Helpful. Friendly. Courteous. Kind. Obedient. Cheerful. Thrifty. Brave. Clean. Reverent.

    • anonymous

      My husband’s been a ScoutMaster, so we’re definitely aware of the benefits. Most of all, I think scouts teaches a boy character. Plus, it gives them something to do so they’re not getting into trouble (boys have to stay busy!) 

    • Staceyl

      I’m married to an Eagle Scout and have two Cub Scouts.  My husband is a den leader and actively involved with the with the whole pack.  I love that my boys get quality time with him and get to learn important skills and character traits from him via scouts.  Most of all I love that they are in an organization that teaches them to honor God first!

    • Nursewoody81

      My son has been a scout since her was a tiger, and he father was a scout before him. I’m very involved in scouting, as is my husband.  I think scouting has a positive impact on today’s young men, because we stress accountability and responsibility.  We teach them that many hands make the work light, and civic duty.  Fun and games are mixed in, it’s wholesome, and about getting kids OUTSIDE and doing SOMETHING!  I hate seeing so many kids obese, addicted to video games, and with no practical skills.  Scouts stands alone in trying to break this habits in our boys. 

    • Paigeadams22

      Scouts is teaching my son how to be responsible and how to cooperate with others. 

    • Drmckeel1

      I think the core values that this program teaches are absolutely amazing! Young people need true role models to look up to now more than ever. They will look back one day and rrealize it is not who had the most money or the best clothes but those who had the best heart that makes the winning grade. This program also builds life-long friendships.

    • D.M.

      Joining as a first grader, my son is currently in 6th grade and absolutely loves scouting. It has enabled him to be ambitious,  use his mind to figure out problems, and be committed at such a young age. Eventually, he is aiming to become an Eagle Scout – pass it forward to future scouts. He basically “lives, breathes, and eats scouting”.  

    • Grietatkins

      Both my son and my daughter have been in scouts for three years. I’m a girl scout leader and my husband is a volunteer with the cub scouts. Both of these organizations are incredible. There are so many wonderful benefits of scouting… parents/adults modeling leadership, adults enabling young minds to make decisions and following through with them, providing kids with a variety of experiences (many of our girls would never camp if it was up to their parents), and the amazing dynamic when older scouts work with younger scouts (there’s nothing that compares). I hope my kids will stay in scouts, but even just these few years I know they will never forget.

    • N Frazier

      My eight year old son is in scouts.  He loves it.  His father is a scout leader.  What a better way to have father and son time together and learn things that will last a lifetime.

    • Debbie

      My son has been in scouting for the past 5 years and I can see an amazing change in him.  I highly recommend scouts! :)

    • Denise

      We just signed your 10 year old son up for Scouts and I am glad to see the connection between him and his dad has become stronger. That is very important.

    • SydneyC

      My 8 year old is in scouts. This is his third year and we love it. The family camping trips are so much fun!

    • ihillmon

      I’m a middle school teacher in the public school system, and I interact with kids that are growing and developing their personalities, values, and social skills on a daily basis. I know that being in a group that has the values that the boy scouts have makes a difference in the lives of children. Not only do those kids grow up to be courteous and obedient, they grow up to exhibit skills, such as respect, self-worth, loyalty, perseverance, and ambition. I interact on a daily basis with students who lack those skills simply because they do not have the support and encouragement that kids in boy scouts groups get. I wish all my students (any child at that) could spend sometime in a group that upholds its members to the values that the boy scouts do, not just because they get to learn a ton of neat things but because it helps them grow up the be the best person they can be.

    • Careycrow

      I have a little Tiger Cub. We just joined this fall! We are so excited and can’t wait to see our little Tiger Cub grow with the Boy Scouts of America. So far we have seen wonderful things and just the parent interaction and “family” time we get to spend together doing fun things in the scouts. In this day and age there is so much TV, High Tech devices, Gaming systems and I do not want to be that kind of family that is not tuned in to to my child. We love it and highly recommend it to any parent!

    • Awadhams

        I think boy scouts teach values and leadership and group skills that most will use to succeed in life both personally and professionally for the rest of their lives.

    • Rshnh2o

      Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts have taught my son to work hard and believe in himself.  He has learned to set goals, make a plan and to measure his achievements.  He has entered middle school as a more confident and competent young man who is ready to tackle the challenges he may face in that difficult environment.  I am one of scouting’s biggest “CHEERLEADERS!”

    • Kimboone123

      My son is in first grade and his first year of cut scouts.  My husband has signed up to be his den leader.  Not only is this a wonderful organization that teaches wonderful skills/qualities, it has turned into something very special for my son.  The past seven months have been very difficult as my daughter was diagnosed with leukemia.  In just a few months, the cub scouts has given something for my son to enjoy that does not involve doctor’s offices or medications.  it’s given him something for HIM.  I cherish the time my son has already been able to spend with it and look forward to many more wonderful times for him and our family.  In fact, this weekend, he and my husband will be going on their first cub scout camp out.  Obviously, my daughter and I can’t go, but I’m very excited for my boys!

    • Lora

      My son has been in scouts since he was a cub:  now he is in regular scouts and at 12 years old its a very big part of his life.  This is the one area that he can be a boy and do guy things.  The core values are also part of our values and the troup leaders are always there to help him along the path he choses to make him into the type of man he wants to be.   I’m glad that scouts are there for our children and is a part of our lives.

    • jjasper

       My son just started Cub Scouts. He is so excited about learning new stuff and camping.  I am excited to see him learn how to be a little man.  The Boy Scouts is what boys with or without a father figure at home  need to learn to be a well rounded responsible, citizen. Boy Scouts teach boys to be men and men to be fathers that leave a lasting legacy.  Thank you Boy Scouts of America.

    • Kati3878

      My daughter is a Girl Scout and her leaders are amazing. They are mentors, role models and friends. Girl Scouts has taught her so many things, such as teamwork, respect, leadership and compassion. In this day and age, a girl can never have too many positive role models. 

    • mamajackson5

      I have a 13 year old in boys scout and think it is important for him to stay involoved in his community while learning how to become a man and leader while helping younger boys follow that same path.

    • Angie

      My boys have had 2 years of cub scouts. My dad is an eagle scout and really encouraged us to do it. It has been fantastic. The lessons and training really give the boys confidence and prepare them for bigger challenges. It’s lots of fun too!!

    • Ladybekahkay

      Scouting for my family has been instrumental in helping my young boys to see and interact with positive male role models. The confidence and sense of pride upon completion of a new skill or badge earned is priceless and the huge variety of activities I believe can only be found in scouting.

    • Janetaholland

      Living in East Tennessee, the best words a mother can hear is “if your son ever gets lost in the woods, I wouln’t worry at all about him.”  I was fortunate enough to hear these words recently about my 1st year Boy Scout that started his scouting adventure as a Tiger Cub 6 years ago. No one every wants to think about their child getting lost in the woods but “being prepared” (Boy Scout Motto) is the best defense.  Of course being “thrifty” (one of the 12 points of the Scout Law) does come in handy when I drag him along when couponing:o) 

    • Cyndi P

      I refuse to support the boy scouts.  I can not in good conscience support an organization that has gone to the Supreme Court to fight for their right to discriminate.  Please research this before you support a hateful, prejudiced organization.  GAY MEN ARE NOT THE SAME AS PEDOPHILES.

    • Ginger

      I have three little boys and all they want to do is tie knots, make “inventions”, be in the dirt, exploring, fighting off the evil in the world! I think Boy Scouts hits at the core of who they are! :)

    • Cloan

      My husband and I enrolled our oldest son, now 12, into cub scouts when he was in the first grade (tiger cub, the youngest). The next thing we knew we were hooked.  My husband started out as the Den Leader, then became the Cub Master for the final two years our oldest was in Scouts after my Dad resigned the position due to health reasons.  I became a the Committee Secretary.  Our middle son is now a Webelo, the oldest  of Cub Scouts, and our oldest crossed over to Boy Scouts having earned his Arrow of Light the highest rank a Cub Scout can earn just this past February.  My husband and I resigned our positions with our Cub Scout pack swearing we were going to take at least 1 year off before becoming leaders with the Boy Scout Trooop, but we have already  become Committee Members.  Boy Scouts of America has given our family the opportunity to do things we would not have othewise done. I strongly support BSA and everything they have to offer our boys.  I thing every parent with boys should try and located their local BSA  and join. It will completly bring your family closer together.  I could go on and on but this post just isn’t long enough.

    • Rachels4ut

      We live next to a boy scout reservation, my three little boys always want to go there. They are blessed to have a dad that loves to camp and fish. However, there are so many boys without fathers, or people who have time in their lives to take them, that is why I think the boys scouts is so very instrumental in the lives of so many young boys. It provides male role models in the lives of children where there are none.

    • Jen E

      Both my children are scouts. My son is a Webelo Scout and my daughter is a Cadette Girl Scout. My husband and I are both leaders. I have seen such growth in both my children from their scouting experiences. Excellent programs! My personal slogan for scouting is “Building Leaders one child at a time”!

    • Robyn

      I have two boys in Scouts. It’s been great watching them learn life lessons that they will always have as they grow into young men.

    • Becky

      My husband is actually a gold star scout, which is the highest rank for scouts in the pacific islands.  He was actually sent to another country to learn and teach more when he was about 16.  Our two oldest sons have grown up on the scouting program, and we love it!  We also have four daughters and think it is great way to teach not only survival skills, but morals.  We have both been leaders and will teach our children to be so as well.  I mean, that’s what the scouting program teaches.  And in today’s toxic environment, we could use a few more good leaders.  Scouts lead the future!

    • Ejfranck

      Our entire family is dedicated to Scouting. My oldest son just made 2nd class this past Monday! My youngest son is about to cross over into the troop. I have been involved with both of them from Tiger on up. I currently work with the troop committee and my husband is a new assistant scout master. He had no prior scouting experience, but loves seeing the boys so excited about it all. The only one who can’t participate is my daughter. At 13 she still has issues with not being able to be a boy scout, but supports her brothers and all of the other boys in the troop 100%. They are no longer “nerds” in her eyes, but are now “cool.” I can not speak enough good things about Boy Scouting. 

      • Would she be interested in venturing? My younger daughter is waiting to meet the age requirement.

    • Anonymous

      My son has ben begging to join the boy scouts, he loves the outdoors. I think it is so important for Dad’s to spend thiskind of time with their sons, I do believe it has such an impact on a childs life.

    • Hdpace

      My son is a 2nd year Webelo and his been involved with scouting for 4 years. I love that he is being taught skills that will help him grow into a well rounded and self-sufficient young man.

    • Quilhil

      The boy scouts give these boys a sense of selfworth that they will carry throughout their life and will be a better for all they learn.  Boy Scouts forever.

      • Quilhil

        I meant to say a
        better man for all they learn,

    • Melissa

      I think it’s good for kids to be scouts because it teaches them the skills that they need for life. I am a part of Generation X and I hate to have to say this but many of them do not know how to boil water or how to sew on a button.

    • David

      I have two boys in Cub Scouts (Bear and Tiger) and one that will join next year (he already participates like he is in Scouts now).  I became a Den Leader when my oldest joined.  The Cub Scout Motto says it all, Do Your Best!  In life we won’t always be successful but if you just try your best you have the satisfaction of knowing you gave it your all.  In Boy Scouts they learn the core values that they promise to live by.  As the boys grow older they take on more responsibility and when they become Boy Scouts they actually run the program with adult leadership help.  The knowledge they acquire through Scouting will be with them always.  I am truely blessed to see these boys grow up before me.

    • Cspringer9

      There is nothing more important than role models for young men. Boy scouts are great and educational for everyday life. It prepares boys to become great men and leaders. 

    • Dmms94

      I have 2 boys, both involved in Scouting, for a total of almost 13 years.  They both started as Tiger Cubs and have worked their way up to their present rank.  My oldest is the rank of Life Scout and my younger son is just a few requirements away from 2nd Class.  They have grown and have learned so much from the Scouting Program.  They have learned skills that they both will use for a lifetime as they grow in their lives and become adults.    

    • Savers1

      Scouting is great program for teaching kids life skills, good morals and how to be a leader. Our son is the Senior Patrol Leader of his troop and I serve as an Assistant Scoutmaster. He really likes Summer Camp.

    • HC

      Both of my sons have joined this year and we are soooo excited for all the same reasons! Just getting started with scouting we could use some “gear” :) thanks for the chance to enter!!

    • Briggs Family

      My son is in Boy Scouts and had learned a lot of skills to help him become independent. I have seen him grow to be a good young man, partly from his taeaching at home and from groups like the Boy Scouts.

    • Anonymous

      We plan on being involved in boy scouts once my son is old enough to do so. My husband was an eagle scout and I can definitely tell! (He does the work of 4 husbands, is resourceful and has a great attitude). Good values and life skills like that need to be taught and young people today are sorely lacking.

    • I have 4 scouts in my house – a girl scout, a boy scout, and 2 cub scouts (and oldest daughter is dating an Eagle Scout) … and I’m an assistant den leader and in charge of the cubs popcorn fundraiser. Scouting has helped the kids learn so much about responsibility, resourcefulness, helpfulness, compromise, and so much more. It’s a wholesome activity, teaching strong core values … so thrilled we found both scouting and great troops/packs.

    • Aprilsavesmoney

      My husband was a proud Eagle Scout.  He often talks about his adventures as if they were yesterday.  It is important for boys to become Eagle Scouts because they will learn team work, dedication, diligence, perseverance, hard work, honor, integrity, ingenuity, creativity, and humility to name a few.  When we have a son, my husband will put the  same honor and character into him that he received from Eagle Scouts.

    • Mbabecka

      to learn more about themselves 

    • Janel123

      My son just became a Cub Scout about a month ago.  His birthday is tomorrow (7) and he has already enjoyed some really cool activities and we froze our butts off last weekend on his first camping trip.  We had lots of fun shooting bows and arrows and slingshots despite the cold and rainy day.  I’ve been a Girl Scout leader for 5 years now and my daughter has been a Girl Scout for 7 years.  While I’m still learning the ins and outs of Boy/Cub Scouts, both are great groups for kids.  They teach many important values like honesty, team work, sharing, being helpful.  I could go on and on.  I would highly recommend anyone to join scouting, and would encourage adults to volunteer. 

    • apryle

      In a culture where we are becoming less self-reliant and more obsessed with selfish ambition, it is nice to hear that some things haven’t changed, and that our boys can still learn what it means to be a part of something greater than just themselves. I envied my brother growing up, because his troop brothers became like family to him, and he learned life skills that he continues to use to this day as a missionary in Nairobi, Kenya.

    • Anonymous

      My younger brother is an Eagle Scout and I grew up with his troop. We had so much fun. We dragged up dead trees and cut them up for campfire wood. We told ghost stories. We learned about knots, nature, and values. I wished I could have been a boy scout, now I am the proud mama of a 1 yr old and I cannot wait to get him involved in scouting. I met my husband through my Venture crew (a branch of Boy Scouts). I also worked at scout camp when I was old enough. My most positive childhood memories are from scouting. I only hope every young boy and tagalong sister can have as much fun as my brother and I had.

    • Vskrob

      Our oldest son is a Second Class Boy Scout, and our youngest is a Wolf Cub Scout. I have been a den leader since my oldest son was a wolf, and I am now leading my youngest son’s den. The scouting program teaches boys about independence, helping others, leadership, teamwork, and so much more!!

    • Lesli

      I think it is very beneficial for a boy to be a scout for the core values that are actually taught.  In schools today, there is so much emphasis on the academics, that values are really being overlooked.  

    • miriam cumbee

      My 3rd grade Bear Cub has many interests (currently taking both art and music lessons, seasonal sports, and scouts); I find that I am espcially supportive of his interest in scouts.  As the Cub Scout promise is recited in each weeks’ meeting (I ____ promise to do my best, To do my duty to God and my country, To help other people, and To obey the Law of the Pack), My hope is that each of these boys will truly take this promise to heart and carry it with them throughout their lives, impacting not only their lives and community, but also those of future generations.

    • Katie

      My son was a scout…it prepared him for ROTC in high school and then the Army; he’s in Iraq on his 3rd tour.  I know he would agree with me that it helped him make the transition to army life!

    • M3kparker

      I believe it is beneficial for boys to be in scouts because they are taught the true core values of life.  I no this to be true because my son has become a very well rounded young man learning how to deal with everything from his parents separating, going in to 6th grade, and dealing with others that do things that are not the right thing.  He has also become a true gentlemen.  He holds the door for people and asks them if they need help. As a first year Boy Scout I cant wait for him to learn more independence, leadership, teamwork and so much more!

    • Momofqc

      My 10 yr old is new to homeschooling and is having trouble missing the constant daily friendship but that was part of the education probably for him as well.  I talked to someone last week about trying to get him into boy scouts!  He is eager for this type of friendship and learning as well as positive male role models.  This would be a wonderful change to his life! 

    • Kelli Webber

      My oldest son has been involved with the Boy Scouts since 1st grade.  He’s now in 9th and working hard to reach Eagle.  Our son is quiet and introverted and not one to eagerly pursue new ventures.  Scouting has helped bring about confidence, maturity and leadership skills that have encourage him to set and reach his goals.   We have been blessed to be involved with a very active troop of about 40 boys.  It is a unique troop consisting of all homeschooled families.  Great friendships have been made as they spur each other on to achieve success in their endeavors.  I applaud the men who take the time to demonstrate excellent character, perseverance and integrity to these young men.  Let’s also not forget the moms who are their son’s greatest cheerleader as they advance to each new rank.  Scouting has fostered a spirit of responsibility, respect and resourcefulness which I see lacking in many of the youth today.  I can’t say enough about the positive effect scouting has had on our son and also our family.  His little brother is already looking forward to joining next year when he can be a Tiger Cub!

    • Anonymous

      In our house the whole family looks forward to Scout meetings on Mondays.  My favorite thing about Scouts is that they want it to be a family activity and tagalongs of younger brothers and sisters is always welcomed and encouraged.  My husband enjoys helping and interacting with the kids and I love pitching in a helping hand wherever it’s needed.  It is so comforting to know that my son is a member of this incredible group of young men who will grow up learning morals and values and that we are embracing this activity as a family.

    • Cassandra_cassy

      It is beneficial for a child to become a scout because it teaches them how to be leaders, how to be responsible and how to not be selfish by helping others and offering community service. They learn to help others in need. Boy Scouts help build their social and leadership skills. It teaches them how to be independent and repectful toward others.

    • Cgsgifts

      My two sons are both very active scouts. The oldest just turn 15 and recieved his eagle scout rank shortly before his 14th birthday making him one of the few to earn eagle at age 13. This is very hard to be that dedicated at such a young age.  Both boys are very kind and curtious to others and I have  Boy Scouts to thank for the young men they have made them into and will come to be.

    • amyx5

      I have one Boy Scout, two Cub Scouts, and two more sons who cannot wait till they are old enough to join! I know that being an Eagle Scout is impressive but I told my dh that I’m encouraged that Scouting offers over 100 merit badges. Each of those badges represent something beyond our son’s life experiences. Things that we wouldn’t have thought to teach them. The badges help them stretch out into the community to meet people that can teach my sons a skill, a hobby, or a talent that may spark a lifelong interest.

    • Crystal C.

      My son is in second grade and he is involved with scouts. He looks forward to going to den meetings every week and going camping. He is so proud that his father is the cub master. My daughter is in first grade and participates in every cub scout event. She even had a part in the skit at camp last time with “a little bit of sister”

    • Tlayman1

      I am so glad that my child is involved in scouts. I think it is teaching him valuable life skills and life lessons. And it gives him a great opp to bond with his daddy who is a scout leader. The only down side: I have to camp now ;) but my hubby is awesome and he went and bought me a camp cot to make it more comfortable. I would love to be able to present him a camping shopping spree. 

    • My son is 17 years old and has Tourette Syndrome, he has been involved in scouts since he was 8.  Scouts has been a positive place for him to be and to fit in without fear of ridicule due to his disability.  I appreciate the scout program and the way it prepares our young men to be responsible, well rounded men.  My son is now preparing to work on his Eagle Project and I am so proud of him and his accomplishments, but I know without the dedication of those volunteers who have given their time to act as scout leaders for him over the years he would not be at this point today.  The Boys Scout program takes our boys and turns them into men that we can be proud of.  I would love to win this camping gear to donate to my sons troop.  They are small and have very little equipment so this would be a wonderful blessing. 

    • Lori Ross

      Think of a world where every boy could be a scout….  My son has learned about teamwork, responsibility, friendship, self discipline and how a good man should act and react to all sorts of situations.  Alex has autism.  I was told he would be in an institution by the time he was a teenager.  He is now 2 ranks away from being an Eagle Scout.  I am a single parent.  His sole male role model was his grandfather until scouts.  We started when he was in 5th grade. Alex could not read or write.  He could talk fairly well but remained in his own world most of the time.  I asked, can you handle this?  The leaders looked at each other and said lets try it!  The first campout I called the leader 3 times a day….He is doing fine, I was told.  They didn’t tell me he screamed when he woke up until 1 year later.  The next campout I was told the other boys have learned as much from Alex as he did from them.  He has been on around 40 campouts since then.  He cooks outdoors, washes dishes, hikes, plays and works right alongside his friends.  They let him do what he can do, teach him what he dosn’t know how to do and do for him only things that he cannot do safely.  I don’t need to call the leaders anymore.  These men did what the doctors said would never happen for Alex.  They taught him how to be a part of society.  How to have friends.  How to be a good man.  Alex will never have a high school diploma.  He could never pass the test.  Alex will be an Eagle Scout!  There are many more men in this world with high school diplomas then there are Eagle Scouts. Do they understand how to be a good man or a constructive part of society.  Alex does!  This is the best reason for any boy to be a scout.  Thank you Boy Scouts!

    • Crstover

      I have two scouts.  In a nutshell, it’s a great group of guys for them to be with.  It exposes them to so many different interests and gives them experience in many areas.  They learn to plan and follow through.  Going for Eagle!

    • Muffinstuff1

      Scouts are a great way to encourage friendships and values – not to mention the FUN!

    • Jullbugg

      Boy Scouts has been great for my son. He joined in 1st grade, as a Tiger, and is now in 10th grade and a Life Scout, working toward Eagle. James has learned many things over the years and has enjoyed most of it. Has learned how to handle many leadership positions at the same time. Right now James is the Senior Patrol leader, Den Chief for a Webelos den, OA Ceremonies Chief, and Troop Rep. to OA. James has been on many camping trips and even on a canoe trip to Canada for a week in the wilderness.

    • Shantel

      My son is a scout (and his Dad is one of the leaders). He has learned how to serve others and work as a team with other youth his age.

    • Couprint

      Trying to get my 5 and 8 year old sons involved with Boy Scouts.  It’s such a great foundation!

    • Sdbrazier

      Boy Scouts are a great way to encourage teamwork, values, friendships and fun. I can’t wait until my 4 year old is old enough to join. It will be something he and my husband can do together. They love camping together already.

    • Kristi

      My husband is also an Eagle Scout, he has been looking foward to Scouts since our first of 3 sons were born.  My oldest son (7) just became a Tiger Cub and my husband is the Den Leader.  It is very exciting for my husband bc he can share something he enjoyed tremendously growing up. Boy Scouts teahes good values and turns BOYS into GREAT MEN, I know because I am married to one. :)  

    • addi

      It is very important for young boys to learn good morals and values at a young age. It will help them develop into fine young men that society will be proud of.

    • Jason

      It was very exciting when I was young. I learned alot from Boy scouts. My son is now a Cub Scout. Things I may have forgot are coming back to me. this will help my son make friends, God and Country, How to help people. and good values. There are so many things to list.

    • Mlray29

      Scouts teach so much discpline and leadership.  My oldest is working on his Eagle and I have another one in boy scouts and one in cub scouts. I love that they teach so much about Family, God and our Country.

    • Francomom00

      I think it’s important for boys to become part of The Boy Scouts of America because it teaches them moral values and practical skills. 

    • Dashalinton

      It is important for boys to become Boy Scouts because the program teaches these young men self reliance based on practical skills, builds their confidence, encourages good morals and helping others. It shows the next generation of men what they can do when the make good choices and set goals for themselves. 

    • Nurseontherun23

      My son is a Cub Scout and I love the values that the Cub Scouts teach the boys! They have a lot of fun and also learn good life leasons!

    • Hope

      My son has been in scouts for 7 years now and it has truly helped form him into the young man that he is becoming. He is ( and these are not my comments but comments from those around us) honestly the most helpful young man that I know. He is 11 years old, almost 12, and can always be counted on to be one of the first to lend a hand when needed. He has an extremely sweet spirit about him and part of it is directly because of scouts. I am expecting our second son in just a few weeks and he is already making plans to help him in his future scouting journey. 

    • Lisa Parnell

      I think it is beneficial in a boy becoming a boy scout because you learn many tactics and comradeship that it brings. My husband, who was a boy scout as a youngster, continually surprises me with the stuff he learns and shares with our son the fun adventures he had as a boy. I can’t wait to share this with my son so he can grow up with the same experiences.

    • Karyn

      Both my sons have been Boy Scouts. I really appreciate the way the programs  teaches values, responsibility, service, respect, and citizenship starting at such a young age. There are not many programs that do that anymore.

    • Golfing14

      The boy scouts are awesome.  My daughter has a friend who is 17 years old and he is still in the scouts.  They are the ones we use to honor speical holidays and they are always helping to build homes.  These young men make you very proud.

    • J. Jenkins

      I think it would be beneficial for a boy to be involved in Scouts for several reasons.  Beyond the obvious ones which are the “core values” that they espouse, I believe it would be good because: (1) so many children now are disconnected from nature and their role in the natural world, and Scouts will help them to connect with this, (2) it will help them learn how to relate to their peers in a way that is respectful, and (3) they will also learn how to interact with others “face-to-face”, rather than just on Facebook or texting, and by doing so, should learn conflict resolution skills.

    • Lara

      Scouts has become equally important as school. Learning the values and having scouting friends will make my sons great people.

    • Deannasmiley

      I think it is important for boys to do boy scouts in order to learn skills that they otherwise would not learn in everyday life.

    • rkrem

      Boy (cub) scouts have been great for my son to teach him life lessons while spending time with his dad. He has learned respect for self, neighbor and country. He cam home this week so excited because he has learned how to fold a flag.

    • Swiggins74

      My son is a Bear Cub Scout.  I love the values the Boy Scouts teaches.  Boys get to experience so many opportunities to learn that they may not get any other way.  In addition, Cub Scouts is a family activity (or at least it should be).   Just last weekend, my son & I went on a Camporee.  We both enjoyed spending that time together & with the members of his pack.  That is one-on-one time that I can’t always get with him. 

      • Banannie05292000

        Cub Scouts IS a family activity:)  I’m sure the pack is grateful you’re involved!

    • Cheryl

      Scouts teaches respect, compassion, responsibility, morals and ethics, Faith’s role in our everyday lives, honesty, commitment, goal-setting, conservation, and MANY MANY more important traits for becoming productive citizens and men of character.

    • sloan

      I am so eager for my son to be a boy scout, he’s not quite old enough yet to go, but we are excited, I love the values the boy scouts teach. I think the “daddy-time” is so important. We get so busy get getting through each day, spending quality time with each child individually seems like pie in the sky!

    • Kristyweatherford

      My boys just joined scouts and I am very excited about them practicing the core values & learning things that they can use the rest of their lives!

    • Boy Scouts has given my son a sense of independence and the encouragement to do hard things.  Great organization.

    • mamacofthree

      Been a wonderful experience for my friend’s boy who struggles with severe ADHD.  He needed a purpose and some friends.  Boy Scouts has been a blessing to them!

    • Dawn75

      My son has been a Cub Scout for 5 years. My husband used to be his leader (work got too busy), but is still very involved. I’m the Girl Scout leader for both of my daughters’ Girl Scout troop, so we LOVE SCOUTS! Scouting teaches our children independence, moral integrity, gives them a sense of society, a sense of being part of a community. It builds character, confidence and gives them experiences that they may not be exposed to otherwise.

    • Melissa

      Boy Scouts is an amazing organization that pours into the heart and souls of boys/men.  Teaching them values that will last them a lifetime.  My son who is now a 1st class rank working his way to an Eagle Scout has obtained many skills, such as leardership, wilderness survival, knot tying, first aid, farm mechanics, personal fitness, enveronmental science, crime prevention, cooking, and the list goes on.  But what I like most are the values…a Scout is Loyal, Trustworthy, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, THRIFTY, Brave, Clean (well sometimes), Reverent and on top of that they learn Duty God and Country!!!! They are also to help other people, to keep themselves physically strong, mentally awake and MORALLY STRAIGHT.  What more can you ask for from BOYS/MEN. 

    • Leah Berrong

      The scouts are great for kids to learn about the environment and taking care of it!

    • jen

      My husband is a leader and today the boys need something productive to fill their time plus if they get their eagle scout it helps them with getting jobs and getting into colleges

    • Caroline

      My two sons are cub scouts.  One is a wolf and the other a Weblo II.  They love it and we love it!  We have a great ti,e together as a family at all the activities.  Their sister also gets involved at den and pack meeting playing with all of the other sisters.  I have seen a saying about scouting on a wall at a doctor’s office.  “Souts is nothing less than applied Christianity.”  That about says it all!

    • Rlmapes

      We strongly feel that the core values that the scouts teach are those which our family embraces while raising sons.  The scouts and those that volunteer are great folks.  As a family we love to camp and our son keeps his a scout handbook close to read in case his parents need a little advice.  :)

    • Irene G

      Thank you for this wonderfully inspiring article on Boy Scouts.  Until 2005 I didn’t know anything about Cub Scouting or Boy Scouts.  At the urging of a friend who has an Eagle Scout, I put my son in cub scouts.  I’m happy to say, my son is now working on his Eagle Scout Project and all I can say, is I dont regret putting him in for one moment!  I too became a Boy Scout Leader and as a woman and single mom, it is a pleasure helping boys out with whatever they needs that will help them grow to become valuable, productive and happy adult men.  Plus I love the camping experience, something I never had as a girl and growing up in a Big City like Miami.  I’m so proud of my son and so blessed by God to have been given the gift of raising him under the moral code of the Boy Scouts of America!   

      Yours in Scouting,
      Irene G
      Troop 34

    • Crystal

      My husband was a scout and I can definitely see how beneficial it’s been in helping him lead our family.  Not just with his crazy outdoor skills but with his ability to work as a team while he leads, too. Anything that teaches loyalty, honesty, & integrity to our boys is very much needed!

    • Ljtraylor

      I have 2 boys in scouts. They are learning wonderful life and leadership skills.

    • Katieburnette89

      My son has been in boy scouts for 2 years now (he’s 8) and I love the values he is learning and the fact he is part of a group of boys that are so much like him. He is learning good old fashioned values and it is wonderful!

    • Annie

      Building families…building men. Something our society is starving for. I wouldn’t say that Scouting saved our family, but I don’t know if we would have the peace & unity in our household without it! Our 2 boys joined scouts when they were 6-they are now 14 & 16, both at the rank of Life and working on their Eagle. My husband, (their father) didn’t get involved right away, but when he did, BSA encouraged him as a man & father.  Our men need to be encouraged if they’re expected to be good role models! He began as a Den Leader and is now the Scout Master for our Troop. And I serve on the committee. Boys need men. It has concreted my husband as the leader of our home. Scouting teaches values! Children only learn what they’re taught!  

    • kellie

      My son joined cub scouts this year and it has been a wonderful. He loves it!!!

    • Sandra

      I think boy scouts help prepare a child for the challenges of life.

    • Lisa L.

      This is our second year in scouting and I am one of the leaders for our Den.  My son loves scouting and has such a great time at the meetings.  My son has really come out out of his shell and has gained so much confidence through scouting.  I think scouting is such a positive environment and would recommend it to anyone. 

    • Jason Setser

      I am a District Executive for Boy Scouts and a Couponer and fan of this site (and use it almost daily). As a non-profit executive, I want to thank you for your support of Scouting. I work in Lake County Florida and Scouting is very much alive and well here in our Area. It is a very much needed and valuable asset to our communities, our families, and our Country.

      Thanks Again for your Support! Jason Setser, Eagle Scout, 1990

    • Tarheelfan1

      My son is in his third year of scouts, and this year my husband is his leader.  He enjoys Scouts and has learned many things.  I love the positive way the boys are taught.

      • Banannie05292000

        your family will be blessed!

    • Julie P.

      My 8yo son is a cub scout and loves his weekly den meeting.  The combination of social time with other boys his age and doing “boy stuff” makes him happy.  I love that he is experiencing new things and learning respect and good manners also.

    • Wow! I never realized how awesome Boy Scouts was. We will definitely look into getting our future children involved as those are the type of boys I wanna raise. To have something fun, yet character building is great. 

    • Nj389

      I think Boy Scouts is an awesome program.  It teaches them life skills, enhances quality character and gets them out of the house and off the video games!

    • Erica

      My son is in cubscouts. I think it is beneficial for him to learn how to survive in the wilderness, learn good morals about cleaning up the environment, and leadership skills.

    • ekjkp

      I began homeschooling my children when my son was entering the 3rd grade.  We live in a rural community and there are very few homeschoolers around.   When I enrolled him in Scouts, he became a different child.  Not only do they support the values we endorse in our home, but Scouting is providing socialization opportunities that he truly enjoys.  We love Scouts!!!

    • Amy

      Both of my boys are cub scouts and Daddy is very active with both dens. I think it is wonderful way for them to learn so much about life and the world and to spend some quality time with their Dad and other men setting great life examples for them.

    • jen

      I think that scouts teaches boys to become leaders.  I also really love the values they teach.

    • SouthernMomma

      I am a Girl Scout Brownie leader (grades 2-3) and know, from experience, how beneficial scouting is to both boys and girls.  Both programs are designed to provide leadership activities to build confidence in the children.  My particular troop in Blythewood, SC not only learns their core values, but also participates in community activities in order to gain awareness of the world right around them.  We participate in Operation Christmas Child, donate Christmas presents to the local children’s home and even did a Troop challenge to send cookies to soldiers from our community.  We live near Fort Jackson (Army base) and some of our scouts have parents deployed, so this was a wonderful way of communicating with their parents.  We packed boxes with cookies, personal items and the children added homemade pictures, letters, etc.  We also added photos of the children in various Girl Scout activities. Both Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts provide children and teens with a safe place to be a good citizen without judgement or ridicule.  I LOVE SCOUTING!!!!

    • Jmholley

      They learn alot of life skills and good qualities!

    • Lisa

      I will soon have an Eagle Scout. Watching my boy grow up through the program, I am convinced they really help young boys to turn into productive young men. Being a single mother, it was quite important that he have positive male role models to teach him things I could not and to show him what being a God loving, service oriented good man is!

    • Holly

      They learn a lot of skills that could come in handy throughout life!

    • Kelli

      My son just joined cub scouts this year and is loving it!  He’s a tiger cub and within 3 weeks, he’s already earned his first badge.  I LOVE that it gives him and dad some “boy time” and it truly is helping him become a better little guy.  He has memorized his promise and we have it posted on the fridge.  My 4-year old daughter has memorized it too!  I, name, promise to do my best, to do my duty to God and my country, to help other people, and to obey the law of the pack”.  What mom would not want her child following that promise!  Amazing organization! 

    • Jgunter742

      I think this says it all, “Trustworthy. Loyal. Helpful. Friendly. Courteous. Kind. Obedient. Cheerful. Thrifty. Brave. Clean. Reverent.For me as a mom of three girls I heard this and instantly my brain went to what kind of men I hope my girls some day marry (I know that’s all we girls think about). Seriously though, if I could help to raise a future son-in-law, this is what I want. Someone who learns from early on the importance of values, hard work, team work, and even cheerfulness. Actually thinking about my husband, these are most of the qualities in him that I cherish!”

    • Grodi1

      I am the homeschooling Mom of 4, but only 1 child is a boy. Scouts allows him to have time with his Dad and other strong ,male leaders who teach him life skills. The oath supports things we swant the children to learn and models what a good Father/Husband looks like.

    • bmom

      It is a beautiful thing to see all the dads involved in the boys lives through scouts.

    • ProudScoutMom

      Scouting is an AWESOME experience for the entire family! Having been involved with scouting for 10 years now, I can say without a doubt I have seen it improve the lives of the boys and their parents. In addition to the 12 points of scouting (trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent), it also teaches independence, leadership, responsibility, tenacity, and acceptance, and many more values. Boys have opportunities to learn & experience all that life has to offer, from learning about first aid, their community, aviation, law, chemistry, survival, to hiking for 12 days in the mountains, canoeing in Minnesota, sailing in the Keys, and soon, white water rafting in West Virginia. Scouting has something to offer for everyone! Don’t just drop your son off at meetings – get involved! You’ll make lifetime friends while influencing the young men in your community.

    • Mcollins5

      I was in Scouts.  I made it all the way to Eagle.  The things I learned have served me well in my life and even saved my life a few times.  I was also able to help save the life of my roommate while we were on a mission trip to Costa Rica when he went into shock and stopped breathing. 

    • branham

      My son is in first grade and just started Cub Scouts. I love that he gets that bonding time with dad and the other boys, and I love that those core values are reinforced. Plus he gets to learn all kinds of cool stuff!

    • Pipersdeals

      My whole family is involved in scouts and it has helped teach them responsibility and leadership

    • Pipersdeals

      My whole family is involved in scouts and it has helped teach them responsibility and leadership

    • Sanddra

      My husband was an eagle scout and always says his foundation began there.   Go Boy Scouts!

    • KellieLor

      The skills and friendships made in Cub Scouts can help my grandson throughout his life.  Teamwork, sharing and learning, good values, all in a fun like atmosphere makes Cub Scouts one of the best things a boy can do.

    • Aelinderman

      both my boys are in scouts, and my husband is a den leader for my youngest.  i think it provides a nice small close group of friends a boy can grow up with.  alone time with dad on campouts, etc. is great.  i enjoy taking my oldest to his Webelo meetings.  he isn’t even embarrassed to have me there!

    • Kenny Parnell

      I was and scouts when I was younger and I can tell you I use the things I learned in scouts all the time. The survival skills come in handy around the house when it comes to knots and knife skills, as well as on trips with the family. I learned basic car maintenance in scouts which is helps us save money. I use my communication skills at work everyday. And, the overall sense of respect that is taught in scouts serves me very well.

    • Belle

      Boy Scouts is an amazing organization! It’s been around for over 100 years and became even more popular after WWII, as a way for fathers and sons to reconnect after months and years apart due to the war. It was also a way for the boys and mothers to feel a sense of family when their husbands and fathers were off fighting for our country. I believe those values are still important today but, unfortunately, get pushed to the wayside sometimes in our efforts as parents to make sure that our children are involved in as much as they can be. The inundation of technology and media over the past decades also lends itself to less interaction between parent and child. Boy Scouts gives our young men and boys the opportunity to learn how to be upstanding citizens, with basic survival skills, an appreciation for the outdoors, respect for God and country, and a sense of being part of something bigger than themselves that is sometimes very lacking in our culture today. My father, my father-in-law, my husband, and now my son are all part of scounting’s history and community and it makes me proud to call them all family!

    • Chandra

      I think children should become scouts to a have a group of peer they can look up to. 

    • oldpathsfarm

      Scouting helps instill basic survival skills, both in the wild and in the “wild” of everyday life.

    • Paige

      My son has been a scout for 2 years.  Having 3 older sisters, it has been such a blessing for him to be with other young men who are serving and striving for integrity.  He is learning so many practical life skills. It was his scoutmaster that taught him how to cook a full meal, not me!  Scouts has been a blessing to our family.

    • Dualbabies

      Parenting is hard enough and I cherish the help that Boy Scouts gives us in raising our son. Our goal for him is to become the kind of man that exemplifies the Boy Scout core values and to grow in faith which is also encouraged by Boy Scouts.

    • Theaikenparrs

      I believe that the Boy Scouts of America program helps parents to teach wonderful values to their children–it is an organization I greatly admire and have nephews who have been Scouts for years (my little ones are too young still)….

    • RockMommy

      I was a girl scout and hubby was a cub scout so, we would like for our son to continue the tradition.  I think it is a great program because it does not require the competitive spirit for children to participate like some sports program.  So, they get to be outdoors and be with other children without the need and pressure to win.

    • Wuester

      after over 25 years in the scouting movement i know this to be true there is no better program where boys can be turned into men then this!!!!!!!

    • Tara Fischer

      This is an opportunity to be a part of a team and learn life skills without necessarily being an athlete and into competitive sports. My nephew loves being a scout!

    • Jenny H

      My 7 year old son is in his 2nd year of Cub Scouts with a long-term goal of making it to Eagle Scout.  I am so proud of the skills and values he is learning.  Scouts models respect for people and the environment, creativity with problem solving, stewardship and patriotism, and the continuity of passing these gifts on to others.

    • The boy scouts of America is one of the still true tradition of the old american times.  they learn to respect each other, lean on each and have fun together.

    • Kristen

      My grandfather and uncle were both professional scouters.  My husband, brothers, and male cousins all have their Eagle – and all of them earned it because they wanted too.  Although scouting encourages family bonding, preparedness, a love of outdoors, an appreciation for country and community, and a sense of duty to God, family, and country, I feel that the most important gift that scouting gives boys and young men is the opportunity to learn, lead, and follow.  Scouts learn invaluable leadership skills – both the ability to lead (i.e. projects, patrol leaders, etc) but they also learn how to follow and work in groups to serve.  I love scouting and I’m excited for my 1 year old to be able to participate in a few years! 

    • Clark509

      One of my son’s scoutmasters would always tell the boys that if they hung their Eagle certificate up in their dorm rooms, the moms would see it on move in day and encourage their daughter’s to “get to know that boy.”  Based on Jenny’s post, he knew what he was talking about!

    • nfl

      Scouting gives you a wide variety of skills while teaching core values and respect.  It also teaches boys responsibility that often does not get passed along these days.  My son crosses over to Boy Scouts at the end of this year and we couldn’t be prouder.  We also sell ALOT of popcorn. 

    • It teaches them to be persistant. to keep trying to work for goals. that you do not get things for free. that hard work brings rewards. That not everyone is like you and you can work with the other boys in your troop on activities. That you have to be there for one another and most importantly as a mom I can constantly say ” a scout is always prepared”

    • Pam
    • Suzanne825

      Boy Scouts have a wonderful tradition of building young men’s confidence and self esteem.  I have 3 sons who have all been involved with Boy Scouts.  Two made Eagle Scout and one made Life Scout.  I have seen how the program instills self confidence in these boys at a critical growth Stage.  My youngest son with some learning disabilities has not only made Eagle Scout but is now an Assistant Scout Master for our Troop.  He has been an inspiration for all the boys who have come behind him.  He is still active as a Scout as he has joined a Venture Crew so he can still participate as a Boy too.  In Scouting boys are all equal,  they don’t have to be great at a particular sport.  They progress because they want to.  they progress at their own pace.  It trully builds their character as they work with their patrol and troop.

    • Slick8177

      I think it’s a Great way for a young man to be around other young men and learn from them .  I also think it’s a great way to get father and son time together.  Once my son is old enough we plan to have him in Scouts.

    • Natbham

      My son is a cub scout and the reason I think being a Boy Scout is important is that it teaches core values.  It has also provided a wonderful opportunity for my husband and son to spend time together and with other families.  As the boys get older, they are encouraged to lead meetings and activities, creating a sense of responsibility to themselves and the pack. 

    • Carmarm

      My son is a Cub Scout and I look forward to him being a Boy Scout.  My favorite character traits are honesty and hard work.  I think these are two traits that all too often are not being taught to our young people today. 

    • 1. I believe that men need a strong foundation in how to “be a righteous, responsible, upgright man” and many of them are not getting it at home (sad). The BSA is the place where boys can get this foundation!
      2. I tweeted it.

    • Marnieh

      There are so many lessons learned as boys meet the achiements necessary to progress up the ranks.  For this weeks bear den meeting we toured a police station where they talked to the boys about what they do.  It is nice to see them spending time with positive roll models.  On a more personal note I would love to win the prize because my son attended a sleep over with his prized cub scout sleeping bag.  It got left there by accident and the other mom LOST IT!

    • Amanda Leach

      My son is a boy scout right now (bear Scout) and I think it’s VERY important to learn there are things outside of video games and tv and even SCHOOL that are important to learn about. It encourages my sons love of science and i love it!

    • Gexxeg3

      Hello Southern Savers!  Boys Scouts has been a blessing to our family and has enhanced my boys’ lives. I am a single parent mother of 2 and I want my boys to have strong positive male influence and also get in touch with her rough and tough masculine side. Scouting has done both! I was both of their Cub Scout Den Leaders when they were younger.  As the years went by several of their friends left scouting and I was hopeful but unsure they would continue with scouting.  They told me from a young age that they wanted to be Eagle Scouts and they are now well on their way to becoming young Eagle Scouts. They love it! They are well on track to becoming Eagle Scouts during their 8th grade year. As one of the requirements for each rank advancement, they are challenged to demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath (Promise) and Scout Law in their everyday lives.

      Trustworthy-They have so much about trust. As a child I was told by my Grandfather that, “All a man has is his word.” I have shared this with my boys and they just get it! They have such a sense of pride about being trustworthy!

      Loyal- By me being a single parent it has enhanced their sense of loyalty. They know how tough it is and really take to heart the relationships they have with me, their friends and even their teachers.

      Helpful- They love to volunteer. They have decided they want to mow lawns for Seniors who can’t car for their lawns.

      Friendly- My boys have never met a stranger and go out of their way to make a new kid feel included or stand up for a child that’s being picked.

      Courteous- They are very polite and often receive compliments for being well mannered.

      Kind- The have such sweet spirits and recognize the goodness of being kind.

      Obedient- From a very young age I instilled in them Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. They are so obedient and that has created a very special bond in our family.

      Cheerful- My boys are always chipper and smiling.  When they wake up in the mornings they tell me that I am their sunshine!! They are always full of hugs and aware of other feelings. I can count on their cheerfulness everyday!

      Thrifty- They know that I love to save money and usually have coupons for everything we do. If they see coupons that someone may discard or a sale that they know I may like they tell me right away. They have also learned how to compare prices and ask stores if they price match. We celebrate over saving they really see the benefit in taking a few extra moments to match sales with coupons and tell everyone of our savings. Once my youngest son told his teacher that the gifts we gave her for her baby shower were on clearance at Sears and that we saved 90 percent off of her purchase!

      Brave. One year ago I moved my Grandmother in with us so I could care for her. She has stage 4 cancer and we have had a tough time. Through being in and out of the hospital and faced with the uncertainties of her precious life, my boys have been amazing. They rub her feet, stock her refrigerator, tuck her in bed, sing to her, fluff her pillows, push her in her wheelchair, clean her wheelchair and keep her so informed of every second of their school day.  They try to learn more about her diagnosis, the medicines she takes and even took a Merit Badge called disabilities awareness for boy scouts to learn more about caring for her with her disabilities. I was truly amazed by their bravery, calmness and compassion. Knowing and not knowing at the same time what cancer can do, they have really stepped up to the challenge of becoming mini care givers.

      Clean. We clean everything!  They will tell you that Clorox Cleanup is my best friend.  They sometimes kid with me about being a germ-a-phobe, but they keep up with the standards set forth by me and they clean, clean, clean. They take pride in keeping themselves and their chore obligations neat, clean and tidy.

      Reverent- Every morning on the way to school we have devotion and they pray for knowledge, wisdom and obedience. They pray for our family and other families as things occur in their lives. When they depart my car, the last words they say to me, “I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me.” and, “I am a Leader, I love you.”

      They live the Scout Law to the fullest EVERYDAY.  I am so proud of them!

    • Neena Gulley

      I think it’s so important to understand the world beyond the TV, video game and computer screens.  The Scouts really teach boys and men the value of understanding and appreciating this great world we live in.

    • Malinda

      Both of my boys are in Boy Scouts and they love it!  It gives them something else to do besides all the typical sports activities and instills great values in them.

    • 1princess1prince

      Boy Scouts can teach so many positive things to boys to help them face so many challenges in the world we live in. It builds strength & character just to name a couple.

    • Michelle Isaac

      My son is a Boy Scout .  He is a wolf.  He is an only child and we are not rich by any means.  He loves being in Boy Scouts.  He has made all kinds of friends that will likely stay that way forever.  He has learned responsibility, sharing, honesty, kindness, loyalty, and the list goes on and on.  He has attended many activities which are always reasonably priced and done things he would never have been able to do otherwise.  The one thing he has not got to do is go camping because financially we haven’t been able to afford the gear.  However, if he wins this giveaway, I know he will be so excited because he’s been longing to go.  We LOVE Boy Scouts! 

    • Tricia

      My family has had a very positive experience with boy scouts.  My husband, as well as my older boys enjoyed the camping trips, pine wood derby races, and even the monthly pack meetings.  My youngest son is currently a cub scout and he looks forward to each and every event.  The skills that are taught in cub scouts are lifelong skills that we as parents just assume someone else will teach our child.  They are very purposeful in teaching our boys about survival skills, carpentry skills, camping skills, citizenship responsibilities, etc.  I think it is a wonderful program that benefits our boys for the rest of their lives.

    • Vleeshort

      I have 4 sons.  My oldest served in Iraq with the army.  My younger three, ages 7, 9, and 14, all participate in scouts now.  As a family, we have made a commitment to the scouts, with the desire to raise young men, like my oldest, who will be the courage, strength, and character of our country.  After just one year in cub scouts for my younger boys, my husband volunteered to be the cubmaster, and I volunteered as a den leader.  Every scout activity impresses character values, encourages initiative and responsibility, and show our boys how to place others before themselves.  There are few opportunities in our culture that provide role models and opportunities to practice these values, on a regular basis.  Hoping to win the gear- my husband and all 3 boys will be camping 3 weekends this month as a community service project supporting the apple festival!

    • Mlaska

      My son is a boy scout and just earned his 2nd class. I love that he is in boy scouts because he learns self-reliance, he learns how to set a goal and reach it, he learns how to lead and teach others, he learns that he can survive a week outside in the woods with no video games, and he learns the importance of service to others.

    • Michelle Porto

      My son is a Bear Cub this year and I have seen a whole new side of him that I never knew was there. He has recently been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and I was looking for something that would help him interact with other kids and maybe something that would help his social skills. He is so excited to go to his Den meetings every week and actually TALKS and participates with the other boys. I am so proud of him and love what the Boy Scouts are doing for my son. He loves helping others and asks if we can go to parks to help pick up trash (not one of my favorite activities but I am always the supportive mom). This is such a great program for boys and I look forward to seeing my son grow into a fine gentleman.

    • Jranspa

      we are parents of a cub scout and a boy scout and it is a great experience for all of us as we see and experience our boys learning about the outdoors and how to be prepared for emergencies and life events.  Our boys are good kids and love being hands on in projects and learning the value of helping others and working with others, while learning that they are responsible for their own work and earning badges and such.  We are thrilled to be involved in troop 660 and as our troop is small and we do not have much money in our account, we learn to be thrifty and would to have new camping gear as our older gear gets a big work out with the monthly camping trips and training our boys are doing.

    • Karenlsummers

      Hi! I am married to an Eagle Scout as well!  (Well he and his brother and 2 double first cousins all are)  THey are all incredible men, husbands and fathers! So yes – I agree this is what I would hope my daughter would find in a man she chooses to marry!  My husband has recently become the Assistant Scout master to the troop he was a member of!  My little brother (15) has also moved in with us this summer & school year.  He joined the troop 2 weeks ago and the Scouts have just taken him under wing – even though he is a bit “older” to be joining the troop.  What other organization could you find that would readily accept a boy like that?  Anyway – we are trying to get my brother stocked on camping supplies for his new adventure – so to win this would be AMAZING!!!

    • Ty Jenny for sharing such pertinent things for our kids too! 
      My hubby and I have seen benefits of scouting since we were both involved as kids and since there isn’t a boy scout set up in our town…we did our best to teach our oldest (18yrs old) the skills necessary of life skills that will last him a lifetime.  We think we’ve done pretty well as he felt the Lord call him to join the army and is now 15 hours from us in Missouri for the past 10 weeks with 10 more weeks to go in boot camp (sniff).

      We love camping dearly and are now preparing our youngest (11year old) the same life skills!

      God bless you!
      grandbaskets at yahoo dot com

    • Sandy

      I am the parent of two Cub Scouts and was a leader for 3 years and now a committee member.  Cub Scouts helps us reinforce the things we value:  honesty, ethics, cheerful service to others.  They learn with a purpose and have fun at the same time.

    • Anonymous

      it’s just a great way for young kids to get involved with something safe and fun at a young age and I believe it influences their choices later in life as well

    • Angiereynolds

      I have a son who suffers from significant ADHD, joining the scouts has given him the ability to get out and do things and learn as little boys learn, hands on! Most school systems these day do not offer as much hands on experience and do mostly text book work, this is no the natural environment a boy learnes in. Boys need time to realese energy and experience things hands on. The boy scouts gives a boy the ability to learn in the environment that they were wired to learn in. The boy scouts fullfills the urge and need to touch and discover on their own for boys.

    • Janine

      Jenny, I’m so glad you posted about the Boy Scouts of America. As I read some of the posts,you’ll see it’s an amazing organization that builds young men into the future leaders of America! I have 6 brothers that were Eagles and my father was a Silver Beaver – the highest scouting honor. My son will soon receive his Eagle, which afforded him the opportunity to learn leadership and organizational skills that will help him the rest of his life. The leaders in scouts are selfless and amazing! I can’t thank them enough!

    • Stephanie Brice

      I think it’s beneficial because not only does it teach young boys skills that aren’t readily taught anymore but it also teaches them teamwork, camaraderie and essential social skills for today’s world. And while I didn’t marry an Eagle Scout, Jenny, I did have the opportunity to date one a long time ago. :)

    • Kandice

      Although we’ve decided to go down the road of 4H and FFA, 3 of my nephews are scouts and I see what a big difference it’s made for them. They learn teamwork, discipline and leadership. It’s a wonderful program. 

    • Margee

      My sons have been involved in Scouting since they were in 1st grade .  One is now 17 and an Eagle Scout the other is just beginning to work on his Eagle project.  They have had amazing experiences that others their age only dream about.  They have learned more about leadership, getting along with others and working together than they ever would have in school.  It truly prepares boys to be men.   

    • Greykitty52

      we are a 3 generation scout family. my husband was a scout, my son was a scout and is now a leader, now my grandson is a scout.  it REALLY does prepare for life!

    • Cindy

      I think becoming a scout is a great experience!  It teaches them values and leadership skills and lets them be involved in a great organization.

    • Va Karyn

      It’s very beneficial for a child to become a Scout… it helps embed good morals and ethics while they are young.  It seems so many are thrown off track these days & having an opportunity to join the Scouts is soooo positive! =)

    • Crystal

      My son is a weeblo I. He loves being in boy scouts. I think it is very beneficial for boys to be involved in boy scouts. They are being taught how to be men with integrity and values. They also teach them leadership skills they can use daily. I’m very proud to say my son is in boy scouts!

    • Darena

      I think it’s wonderful for boys and girls to become scouts, it instills a sense of belonging. It instills values and the desire to help others!

    • D8

      Our boys need to keep learning how to do those type of skills that so many boys and young men don’t know how to do anymore.  It teaches them great leadership and responsibility skills, as well.

    • Beckiemcgee

      My son can’t wait to be involved with Boy Scouts! He’s never been camping or fishing and really wants to join Boy Schots!

      • Beckiemcgee

        *Scouts!  He said that he wants to learn how to tie more knots, too! : )

    • RD6679

      Boy Scouts teaches boys skills and lessons that they will use for the rest of their lives.

    • Patriciacu

      Boy scouts gives boys a sense of community and good skills and fun experiences that they can use later…

    • Abbytaylorsc

      I was in girl scouts myself, but boy scouts are so impotent as well in a boys life. It teaches them valuable social skills as well as great values and morals that so much of our youth today don’t have. It gets them away from the tv and video games and teaches them skills they can use throughout their lifetime.

      • Couponclipper54321

        Oooops.  Impotent and important … two totally different words.

    • Anonymous

      My son has been in Scouts ever since he has been old enough to join, he has learned many lessons that he will need throughout the rest of his life. He has plans to earn Eagle Scout and I feel that he will with all of the possitive influence he recieves each from his leaders and other scout members. Just last week he went on a 50 mile bike trip with his troop, not only did he earn a badge but he also learned a lesson in preserverence, self confidence and team work. I could go on and on about this great organization and would like to say thank you to all those who continue to make scouting such a great organization.

    • Anne

      I was a girl scout and my daughter was a girl scout and both my boys were boy scouts.  We loved being involved in the scouts, being involved not only brought us closer together as a family we learned a lot as well. There are so many activities that the scouts offer that we participated in, everything from tying knots to community service activities.  My kids learned outdoor skills, how to get along with others, volunteering, mentoring others, and so many more things by being involved.  This is one program that should be offer to more kids, many of the skills and practical life skills are not taught at home today.  This program could really benefit more kids.

    • Robin

      I think it’s great for learning discipline and character.

    • Terry

      Both of my boys are Boy Scouts for the very reasons stated in the Scout oath.  Also, the are preparing our future leaders!

    • Satoryfamily

      Hello Southern Savers,
      We are thrifty iif we come to this site.  This is a value that we learned or copied from someone else we looked up to.  Well, our boys are learning this virtue not only by our example but also from being involved in Boys Scouts of America.  I have two boys 11 and 13 who are both Boys Scouts, Tenderheart and Second Class.  They have developed not immediately but week after week and camp after camp a sense of duty to live by the Boys Scouts core values.  I see the change in them since they joined Boys Scouts.  Others have seen the core values lived out by these boys.  I am a proud mother of two boys scouts.  And we have not even begun how this has changed their father.  Yes, my husband looks very handsome and cheerful in his Scout Leader Uniform too!

    • Hamathews

      I was a girl scout and loved it.  Not only did I learn leadership skills, but had an opportunity to try a lot of experiences that wouldn’t have come my way otherwise.  I always thought as a child that the boy scouts had more fun outdoor stuff to do.  My sons will definitely be encouraged to scout.  My kindergartener can’t wait to camp with other kids!

    • Tara

      Both my husband and son have been involved in scouts for many years.  It has been very beneficial to both of them for so many reasons, but high up on the list would have to be the level of achievement in so many areas.  The teach the boys to do their best in all areas of life. 

    • Kim

      It’s great for discipline and leadership.



    • Dan

      As a den leader for two dens I can say that Scouts get to experience activities and learn skills that young boys would likely not have exposure to these days.  I can say that the Eagle Scouts that I meet are walking testimonies to the character that Scouting instills.

    • And_K

      Boy scouts a great time in a young mans life.

    • Adpharr

      I think the skills (personal, social, relationship, spiritual, etc) they learn are crucial. Those students I have had in my classroom that are involved in such activities are always the most dedicated and respectful.

    • Cindy

      To create lasting relationships and learn discipline and leadership and have lots of fun along the way.

    • Itsrebecca

      scouts learn practical skills they will use the rest of their lives. 

    • SaverDana

      Teaches children responsibility and skills they will use for life.

    • Teresa Chambless

      I think boy scouts start teaching young men early on what it means to be part of a team and a small glimpse of what it is to be an adult and how to be a gentleman.  All of the badges they earn aren’t just to decorate their uniform.  Those badges mean that a life lesson has been taught to these boys and they have grasped the concept behind the lesson and carried it out in their lives.  I had the opportunity to go camping with a friend of mine and her two sons and I had a great time.  And all the life skills and survival skills are just great things to know.

    • Jinjie

      Scouts – both girls and boys – learn something about teamwork and lending a helping hand. It is SO important to instill good values in our youth. I feel like parents have forgotten to spend quality time with their children and serve as good role models. The boy scouts really teach something that normal everyday life can’t. Being involved is so important!!

    • Jinjie

      Scouts – both girls and boys – learn something about teamwork and lending a helping hand. It is SO important to instill good values in our youth. I feel like parents have forgotten to spend quality time with their children and serve as good role models. The boy scouts really teach something that normal everyday life can’t. Being involved is so important!!

    • Quantumnarumi

      I always wanted to be a boy scout to learn to tie knots! We learned such trivial stuff in girl scouts!

    • Junerose2000

      My husband was a scout for many years, and I can say, without a doubt; he took away from that experience life skills that could not have been duplicated elsewhere!!  Compassion for both man and nature, character and leadership come first in my mind as foremost descriptions of what a Scout is!!  We have three daughters, and one baby BOY…I am hoping that he will follow in his father’s footsteps ;o)

    • Proudlyamom

      I like the projects they do to help others…teaches them consideration for others.

    • Scouts build character and teach life skills that are not being taught in schools anymore

    • April

      I have a 7 year old grandson that we are starting in scouting.  I think we need to teach our children morals and core values, so that they will grow up to be responsible adults. I can wait until my grandson goes camping. 

    • Anonymous

      I was a Girl Scout for many years.  I was lucky to have my mom as my leader : )  I didn’t get special treatment.  If anything she made me work harder.  I loved all of the things I learned (how to cook lasagna on a fire, info. on countries, sharing, caring, etc.).  I think it was very beneficial because it showed me how to trust others and how to be part of a team (just to name a few).  I am sure the Boy Scouts learn the same principles and more.  I have found that my Uncle and Cousin (who are both now leaders) are very devoted, honest, gentlemen that love to help out others.  The Boy Scouts help boys in more ways then one can imagine!  

      P.S.  My 2 girls will be trying out the Girl Scouts : ) Maybe I will be their leader.

    • Worshiperofyahweh

      I think it is great for a child to become a scout because it teaches them survival and responsibility. Two things that are definitely missing in the youth of today!

    • I think the Boy Scout’s are great for our young boys because they teach our young men responsibility and life skills which are hard to come by these days. I am adamant supporter of the Boy Scouts and what they stand for and hope that they continue for many years to come. It is great to watch these young men work for their badges and to see everything they learn in the process is well worth the time.

    • Jackie Probasco

      I know that it’s beneficial for a boy to become a Boy Scout because scouts uphold the morals we all hold dear – morals that are good for a family, a community, and a country! Who can debate the value of trustworthiness, loyalty, helpfulness, friendliness, courtesy, kindness, obedience, cheerfulness, thriftiness, bravery, cleanliness and reverence in the boys of the 21st century?  My husband earned the level of scouting just below Eagle Scout, which is Life Scout.  Even though he is a 47-year-old man, I can still see the aforementioned characteristics that Boy Scouts helped to embed into his personality. He is extremely resourceful and solves problems by generating creative solutions. His participation in Boys Scouts gave him “will” to find a “way” and the determination to see each project through to completion.

      As an adult, my husband has served as a Royal Ranger Commander, which is a ministry (closely related to the Boy Scouts) for boys and young men. Their code is to be alert, clean, honest, courageous, loyal, courteous, obedient and spiritual. Boys are taught to be brave in spite of danger, criticism or threats.  They are encouraged to obey parents, leaders and those in authority. Furthermore, they are challenged to pray, read the Bible and witness. The leadership qualities modeled and taught at Boys Scouts and Royal Rangers serve as a sturdy foundation for young males growing from boys into strong men. It is on this foundation that we can grow strong families, secure communities and a powerful nation!  God bless the Boy Scouts of America!  God bless America!

    • Mk1amber

      As a mother to three young men, I find boy scouts to be a critical tool in character building.

    • Lee

      BoyScouts really promotes family interaction, independence, and hard work.  They work hard and learn life lessons.

    • Yockey11

      My husband is an Eagle Scout. He is the most honest, moral person I have ever met. I attribute a lot of the qualities that he has to the BSA. He, because of the Boy Scouts makes me a better person. He has been selected for jobs based on his rank with the BSA. The reputation of this achievement is well deserved. My experience is that the BSA teaches morals and selflessness that make our children better, more productive, more considerate adults.

    • bosoxfan8830

      Because it worked for me!!!

    • Raven Wildharber

      I think scouts helps kids set real goals and achieve successes based on the work they do.  So much of life these days involves praise for nothing.  In scouting, you have to work for the achievements.  That’s a skill you need to succeed in life that many kids don’t get today.

    • Jennysue

      The motto of Boy Scouts is “Be Prepared”. A child (and even adults) would benefit greatly from learning all the skills and gaining the knowledge one would get from being a scout. We all need to be prepared to help in whatever ways we can to make our world a better, more kind, and generous place for all.

    • Debbie

      It teaches character and survival.

    • Vondaeverhart

      After 22 & 23 years of girls I finally have a son.  They loved girl scouts so of course he will have to become a boy scout.  It teaches them how to work together at an early age, skills they will remember a lifetime, friends, etc. 

    • LThompson

      I think it is important for a boy to become a boy scout because he is taught respect.  They are also great role models.

    • Anonymous

      I think its important because it teaches the boys character and survival which will help them through out manhood.

    • Brownmichaelstep

      Our son just joined Cub Scouts and my husband is his den’s leader.  We are very excited about the experiences ahead but, most of all, know this organization will help reinforce the life skills of  being responsible, respectful, and resourceful.  BSA helps make boys into men.

    • Farmalat

      It’s important for boys to learn responsibility at an early age so they grow up to be responsible young men. They also learn respect so that they may treat others with respect. they also learn a lot of skills that they will need all through life.

    • EB

      I have 3 girls like you Jenny, but also 3 boys. Five of the six are scouts, one of our sons is an Eagle and the other two only have to complete their Eagle project. Scouting is beneficial in so many ways, it truly helps to instill a great value system as well as teaching important skills for success like leadership, responsibility,  and public speaking as well as all the practical skills they learn to earn their badges. 

    • Brobranbaseball

      I think it is beneficial for a child to become a scout because of the values that are taught.

    • Ashley Berman

      There’s nothing like teaching a child the skills of prepareness and resourcefulness.  We hear stories on the news all the time of these skills saving people’s lives and making the world a better place. 

    • tam

      I think it’s a great organization to help kids learn life skills.

    • melissadauphin

      Boys become so much more aware of the “real” world by being a scout. They will learn skills that will help them in the future unlike somethings that tv, video games, and sometimes even what is taught in school!

    • Jeannie

      I think it gives children confidence in themselves, and also helps them learn practical skills!

    • Barb

      I think it helps kids learn responsibility and build confidence by earning badges, etc.

    • My son just joined Cub Scouts this past week and he is so excited!  I’m thrilled because to me, the Boy Scouts organization offers boys a chance to make new friends, learn to be part of a team, learn discipline, perserverence, new skills, responsibilty,  and so much more.   You don’t see bad things about Boy Scouts in the news, do you!? : )   Thanks for the chance to win!!

    • Amy

      I grew up in the country enjoying the outdoors with friends and family and I hope that my city boys can grow up to enjoy the outdoors as I did.  But for more than the outdoors, I hope that my boys will join the boy scouts to learn how to become men.  It is important to me that my boys will grow up to hold all the same values as the boy scouts.

    • Janice9

      My son is an Eagle Scout and I am sure that all of the characteristics he learned through Boy Scouts helped him become the successful man he is today.

    • Anonymous

      I have a cub scout that started scouting last year.  I’m loving it, because it’s just the kind of stuff he does anyway, along with some things he needs to learn, but might not if it weren’t for this great organization.  It’s great meeting other wonderful scout families, too!

    • Nd

      Be Prepared… for the what may come.

    • Helcope

      Boy Scouts
      The first Time I  ever went CAMPING (over 40++ years ago)
      IT Was with the BOY SCOUTS
      I remember it like it was YESTERDAY
      They Tore It Down for a INTERSTATE
      if you go Across BLYTHE ISLAND, GA. You will drive Over IT
      Thanks You Boy Scouts
      I just a MOTORHOME and I am ready to Camp out

    • Robin Lyn

      It is important for a child to join BSA in order to promote team building, leadership skills.  Children who are involved in scouting have a higher graduation rate and GPAs.  My husband is also an Eagle Scout.  He recently got involved in scouting again with my nephew because he loved the organization so much.  He is now an assistant scoutmaster and we don’t even have a boy old enough to participate in scouts.

    • Patty

      I think it will teach a child about safety, good morals, and how to be a better person, how to share and how to work for things (they are not given to you: you have to work hard for it) and that is how you learn responsibilities and will grow up to be a great person.

      patty h

    • Wolf_dexter

      There is a difference in boys who are scouts and those who are not. Boys who are scouts are courteous, respectful, reverent, motivated, and leaders. Boys who are not tend to be disrespectful, have no sense of morality, and strive to do not much of anything beyond video games. As a Scout Adult Leader of six years, I enjoy watching the transformation of the young men who take the journey of scouting and it gives me hope that they may will one day lead this nation.

    • Smstjohn

      I think you said it already! So that they can grow up to be good men-able to help others as well as being a good leader.

    • Michelley

      I like the fact that they teach core values.  So many kids today have little sense of right and wrong and how to treat others.

    • MWSimmons

      Scouting is a great program.  I am an Eagle Scout and the skills I learned to earn that rank, have paid off for me.  Leadership skills and communication skills helped me when I was in management.  Tying (untying) knots helps with problem solving skills.  The morals that scouting teaches helps enforce the Christian values I was raised with.  We just enrolled my oldest two boys in Cub Scouts and I am filling out paperwork to be a leader.  It is a very worthwhile program.

    • Kim

      Scouting and BSA teach skills that last a lifetime. My son is an Eagle Scout and he has gone on to be the captain of his Water Polo team for 5 years at his University. Under his leadership the team won two National Championships so far :-)  

    • Courtney Summerlin

      That they teach them how to be MEN.

    • Beth

      Proud parents of a Eagle Scout, it teaches them how to be future leaders with courteous, respectful, reverent, motivated.  We traveled to every Scout event to support him and others boys. He was able to attend 2 Jambo’s and Philmont along with OA events. A young man today needs the guidance of Scouts with alot of them living in single parent home.  Our daughter also got her Silver and Gold thru Scouts. They may have moved on in life they always ask if we are going camping any time soon. 1 has moved out and the other is still home. Scouts is a great programs for our young men today.

    • Carrie L

      My son is in his first year of cub scouts and I volunteered to be Secretary of his pack.  I am so excited to see how this helps develop his character and allows us to bond.  We have an elderly neighbor that was a leader for over 20 years.  He is so excited that my son is going to be a part of the next generation of Boy Scouts.

    • Joshlin

      I think my son will be a scout when he is old enough (next year) because I want him to learn teamwork and I think the things they  do will help him with life in general!

    • Beth T.

      My son is now a Boy Scout & has been through the ranks of Cub Scouts.  He started in first grade as a Tiger and is still in it!!  We as a family enjoyed the group camping events in Cub Scouts.  You become good friends with the other parents & learn also at the same time!!  I am hoping my son will continue with Scouts til he is gets his Eagle rank!!  He is relly enjoying Boy Scouts & the boy fun!!! 

    • Allison Redd

      I have three young boys and my husband was a boy scout. Some of the reasons we are considering putting our boys in scouts when they are old enough is to help them to learn about determination and following through, to learn about teamwork, to help reinforce integrity, but also to spend more time outdoors (we are urban dwellers) and to learn how to be resourceful.

    • beme2004

      It exposes them to the community, team work, and gives them a sense of accomplishment. All while instilling great values and skills to last a lifetime!

    • Emma

      Scouting for our  family has been wonderful.  It has really brought my son out and helped him to make friends.  Where else can a young man learn about core values other than home,and skills that will last a lifetime.

    • Angie

      I think scouting teaches great values, and lots of life skills!

    • Samantha

      my son just joined cub scouts and loves it. Camping gear would come in handy.

    • Rebecca Scott

      I love the values they not only teach but model through their leaders

    • Ashley

      I participated in Girl Scouts.  I know this was true for me and I think think its true for the boy scouts as well.  You learn valuable life skills like team building, fundraising, being accountable, and learn to work with others.

    • Melzuf

      Who could argue with those core values?!

    • Ashlee

      I feel as though men are unfortunately emasculated in our media and culture.  The boy scouts would serve as a place for boys to get together and learn for their peers and other men.  I hope my soon will be a scout when he gets older.

    • Lizashan1024

      to learn the respect and skills that every man should have- especially if they dont have a positive male influences in their life

    • Melissa

      It is a great opportunity to celebrate and grow in the manhood that God designed for them!

    • Cheermomehs

      Being the mother of a a tenderfoot scout I have learned that scouting for any child, (boys or girls) is an experience that can compare to no other. The adult leaders in our troop are genuinely concerned for the well being of my son and the other boys. They are the best role models any child can have. These leaders help instill all of the values that I encourage my son to live by daily. During his 6 years of scouting I have watched my son grow into the soon to be man that any woman would be very fortunate to call her husband. I can honestly say that my son is and always will be what any mother would be proud to say. He is Trustworthy, Helpful, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Trifty, Brave, Clean and Reverent. And the times when he slips up and forgets those things there are always excellent role models around to remind him that he is and always will be a Boy Scout.

    • Becky Gonzalez

      My son is a Boy Scout so I am very familiar with the Boy Scouts of America.  Once per week my son goes to his meeting and about once per month he goes camping.  We home school so we initially encouraged our son to join the BSA to make some new friends and teach him some new skills.  Boy Scouts has turned out to be such a blessing for us.  Our son has made lots of new friends with similar interests and his Scout Master has been such a great role model for him.  What I love is that the boys in Scouts are similar to my son and share the same values as our family.  The boys are taught to be respectful and helpful and to care about others.  They are also taught patriotism and the virtue of hard work.  Most importantly though, they are taught how to grow up to be good men.  I agree with Jenny that these are the kinds of boys that you want your daughters to marry.  There isn’t really a class on being a man.  It’s taught subtly through the example of the Scout Master and the other dads who help out.  Boy Scouts has become a very important part of my son’s life.  He is currently a First Class Scout  and is hoping to get his Eagle rank in the next year and a half.  Thanks for the opportunity to talk about Scouting.  I wish more boys would join!

    • Scout’s are organized, confident, well-mannered and just overall GOOD people!!

    • Megan

      My husband and I had a discussion about this recently….I hate the “dork” stigma the kids get but man I sure love the fact that they learn so much!  My husband is proof…..very handy and conciencous.

    • Teresa

      Having three boys, I know what a blessing the principles taught in cub/boy scouts will stay with them a lifetime.

    • rdgrice

      My oldest son turns 8 in a little over a week. He is joining our local boy scout troop. He has been looking forward to this for over a year. He is so excited to be able to have this to share with his peers and his Father. I am grateful that he has this opportunity to work with such an outstanding organization who can add to the values that we are teaching him.

    • KShaughnsy

      As the mother of 3 boys (and 4 girls), I really love the core values that scouting teaches….Trustworthy. Loyal. Helpful. Friendly. Courteous. Kind. Obedient. Cheerful. Thrifty. Brave. Clean. Reverent….which seem to be so lacking in so many people.  I think scouting (Boy and Girl Scouts) should be something every child should have the priviledge of participating in.

    • The world needs more men who learned the values of a Scout.  So many problems would be solved if all men lived these values!

    • Lyn

      I am married to an Eagle Scout who has wowed me for close to 20 years with the skills he learned in his Scouting days. His father & grandfather were Scouts & Scoutmasters, and my husband has also taken on the Scoutmaster role so that our 2 sons can experience this awesome organization.  I have 1 son who attained Eagle Scout at age 14, and my 13 year old is currently a Life Scout working on his Eagle project.  The exposure the boys get to so many different skills (which alone will serve them well in life) and lessons about manhood and integrity is immeasurable.  I feel confident that they will be able to better lead their families in the future because of many of the things they have learned and experienced through Scouting.

    • heather

      Boys Scouts has always been a great organization! I can’t wait ’til my little guy is old enough to join. He’ll learn responsibility, respect, leadership and some great outdoor survival tips too.

    • Misherald

      As a current den leader of a Tiger group (the youngest group) I have to say its a true experience especially since my little guy is autistic and has cerebal palsy not only has our troop been awesome with him but council has been extremely helpfil. Its never to late to sign your boy up for its something they will learn from and it offers great opportunities

    • Nicole

      It’s beneficial for a child to become a scout just for the sheer exposure of being outdoors and doing activities that do not involve technology.

    • Kristi Henson

      I think scouting is great for the character and skills taught in the program.  My Dad, father of 5 girls, was an eagle scout and taught BOY scouts for years!

    • Clarice

      It is beneficial for them to learn important survival skills and have fun!

    • I think it’s beneficial because it teachers character, friendship and good life skills that so many kids are lacking.

    • Mykennabear

      Being a scout helps develop skills in life that everyone needs. It helps mold a boy into a man. It gets them out in the wilderness some, away from technology, which is a wonderful thing I think. My husband, who was a Scout, still demonstrates things he learned as a young child, so obviously the effects are lasting.

    • SLPLaurie

      My 6 year old son just signed up to be a Tiger Cub, this would be a fantastic prize to win for him!!  Scouting is all about families, solid values, and being a good citizen, so I encourage all parents to get their kids involved.

    • Kristina Stubbs

      As a Den Leader, I would say it helps shape boys into respectful, faith minded, and loyal men, and help them build their self esteem along the way….  It is such an honor to be part of this type of program, building strong character!

    • Six Quivers

      The leadership skills that are taught will take you far in your career!   Best of luck everyone.

    • MamaZim

      I have 3 young boys… I feel scouts helps me in guiding them to be the men that they need to be for the future. Leaders in their families and in society.

    • Rachael

      Being a den leader and having 3 boys I think Boy Scouts is essential to their character development. Boys need the structure and guidance that it offers. They learn perseverance that will carry them through life’s trials and challenges. My boys have developed life long skills and knowledge to better themselves and prepare them to be better fathers and husbands. It keeps them service oriented and always looking for people that need help. Thanks for the AWESOME(best I’ve seen) giveaway!! 

    • Rachael

      tweeted about the giveaway. 

    • Shemaschool

      We love to learn about compasses.

    • I think scouting is wonderful and I wish my son could be in a troop. I think it would be a wonderful experience for him! Unfortunately, we have other commitments (Karate and Running Club) and I already feel like there aren’t enough hours in a day. Perhaps my son can participate in the future. Fingers crossed!

    • PamelaH

      I think it helps to teach them responsibility.

    • Kerri H

      Any establishment that promotes such wonderful values is awesome! It helps to counteract that macho-crazed violence that boys with no role models are drawn to. 2 of my 3 brothers are eagle scouts. My husband is not, but I have a 10 yr old boy who would definitely benefit. Just like Niccole said, there aren’t enough hours in the day. But, I should definitely start asking around about a troop in our area.

    • Lisabluedevil

      Seeing men be men – too many men in our society lack truly masculine male role models

    • Sarah

      I think it’s great for kids to be scouts because they learn so many great values.

    • Sherry Powell

      If you need a blueprint for how to build an honest, caring, independent man then just take a look in a boy scout handbook the plan is all there.  I have a 14 year old who has just achieved the rank of Life Scout and is determined to reach Eagle Scout by next spring.  He makes me proud every day in his actions and how he interacts with everyone around him.  I am also a committee member with his boy scout troop and see such caring and teamwork among all the scouts and the positive influence that the leaders have upon the young men.  Building character as they head down the path to manhood to be responsible leaders in the community and the world.

    • kay pressley

      I think it helps a boy to bond with other boys and learn about nature and how to be a gentleman.  The Boy Scouts create men who care about their children , family and environment.

    • Lauren B

      I have 6-year-old twin boys. When they’re the appropriate age, I want them to be involved in Boys Scouts because it develops self-reliance, discipline and responsibility. At a time when kids are so disconnected from the outdoors, the natural world, the concept that they can make do (and have fun at the same time) with a few basic “ingredients,” I want my boys to experience all that. Run, search, camp, discover!

    • Sunsicle

      Being a scout not only teaches a boy values but encourages them to do their best and to try new things.

    • Clara

      My son is a cub scout, we love every second of it, but I love how much of a person he is becoming with the help of scouting.

    • Kg14

      We eat, sleep and breathe Cub Scouts.  My husband (also an Eagle Scout) is our Packs Cubmaster, and I am Assistant Cubmaster, Popcorn Chair, & Achievements Chair.  It is very rewarding for the boys as well as the adult leaders.  It is good for even the adults to be reminded of the core values.  Scouting builds great leadership and confidence in boys.

    • Nipuckjenny

      The Boy Scouts teach  responsibility, critical thinking skills, kindness and team work. I truly believe if more boys joined this wonderful organization,  our society would have more selfless, creative, compassionate and ethical patrons.  

    • Redhead9094

      I think scouting is beneficial because it teaches our children skills often times missing in today’s youth.

    • Joey

      I’m a 16 year old Life Scout, and I’d say Scouting is easily the most beneficial program I’ve ever joined.  One of the requirements for every rank in Boy Scouts is to “demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath and Law in your everyday life.”  It gets harder and harder for me to answer this question when I advance rank, not because I don’t demonstrate these qualities but because they’ve become so much a part of my life.  As a young Scout I thought always holding the door was a noble task, but now it’s become second nature to me.  The twelve points mentioned in this article have come to define me so well that they truly are a part of my “everyday life,” which is the intent of the program.  In addition to the strong morals I’ve gained from Scouting, I’ve also learned invaluable skills.  Through Scouting I’ve learned how to be a leader through positions in the troop.  I’ve learned the value of keeping my gear clean and organized.  I’ve learned how to cook, a skill every man should be familiar with.  Scouting teaches me what school can’t, and that’s how to be a strong and self-sufficient individual.

    • Claudeannthames

      It is benificial because it teaches them core vlaues and as an adult helps them in getting a job if they obtain Eagle.

    • Giaffisgirl

      My boss’ son has cerebal palsy and he is in Cub Scouts.  I am always amazed to hear him talk about the camping trips and fun they have.  Mostly I look at his son with admiration as I know his goal is to one day achieve his Eagle Scout.  The Scouts have embraced him and encouraged him to pursue his goal and not let a handicap stop him.  This I am sure is helping to develop a fine young man one day.

    • Sarynp

      My son bridged over to scouts from his cub pack last year after earning his Arrow Of Light as a first year Weeblos.  This program has provided numerous benefits for him and our family by providing us with a focused way to spend time together learning while earning his belt loops and pins, attending scout outings and events and of course camping!  We are a scouting family (my dad is an eagle scout and now a leader, my brother was an eagle scout and my son is following in their footsteps.  As a single Mom, I am thankful that he is able to spend time with Outstanding Men who are his role models.

    • Margomcgee

      it teaches them values we might miss in daily life

    • Abby Fisher

      Scouts allows a boy to grow into a man with excellent core values, a sense of community, family, and selflessness. They say it takes a village to raise a child, you get that in scouting. There is always someone there to help instill the proper values into your child.

    • Shannoncu

      Scouting is one of the few places that our children can go and know that they are not being inundated with a cry for tolerance at every corner. Honesty and integrity and faith are core to scouting.

    • vanessa

      My dad was a boy scout. He has told me ever since my son was born that when he gets older, he would love for him to join. I believe that boy scouts are very beneficial to young dads and sons like you said, but also for mothers who are raising their boys without a father figure also.

    • Betty

      My son joined Cub Scouts three weeks ago, I thought it just meant some bonding time with his dad. After reading your post and the comments I am really glad he joined. I do want them to grow up with the values the boy scouts will still in them. Values that are, sadly,  hard to find in this society today.

    • Anonymous

      It’s beneficial because it takes boys a lot of useful life skills. My husband wishes he coudl’ve been a boy scout. I hope our son can one day!

      Amy Lauren

    • Anonymous

      And I tweeted your giveaway (I’m @ProudPatriot07:twitter ) 

      Amy Lauren   

    • We4pilkingtons

      My son is a first year Boy Scout working on his tendefoot. He really enjoyed his 5 years as a cub scout. I believe Boy Scouts will teach him to respect himself and to help and respect others. His goal is to become an Eagle Scout!

    • Erin Henry

      My husband was an eagle scout and he says he learned so much confidence and responsibility from the scouts.  Our boys will definitely participate.

    • Erin Henry

      My husband was an eagle scout and he says he learned so much confidence and responsibility from the scouts.  Our boys will definitely participate.

    • ann

      My son is a cub scout and my other boy is lined up and waiting to become a cub scout too!  My son has been fishing, camping and has been introduced to Morse code.  I love that the dads run the meetings and really teach the boys hands on type of skills.

    • Angelal9013

      I think scouting is beneficial because it instills values in our children. Values that seem to be missing in today’s youth.

    • Lauralee_r_99

      As a Mom of a Boy Scout and Cub Scout it has taught my boys morals, values, self esteem, life skills, and much more.  It teaches them to step out of their comfort zone and experience many things.  Would you ever sleep outside in the woods without a tent? 

    • Anita

      I’m a mom of 4 boy scouts–hopefully they’ll all make it to Eagle. We love the BSA!

    • Michaelene

      Scouts teaches them leadership and life skills.  It is a great organization!

    • Noel

      Teach them values & skills & make friends.

    • Dtisdale1990

      Boy Scouts of America is a wonderful source for boys to learn how to be productive, resourceful, well-rounded men. It gives them the tools they need to become confident in doing things most of the world expects men to be able to do. With so many children growing up in one parent homes many young men are missing some crucial facets of upbringing that we, as mothers, are unable to teach them. The boy scouts is a great way to help supplement some of those lessons.

    • Doris

      I think BSA teaches boys skills and is an avenue for them to make friends…

    • Myerse

      I have two little boys and can’t wait for them to start the journey into man-hood by being mentored by quality men in the boy scouts. I have known many young men and grown men who have become Eagle Scouts and that is an amazing honor that a young man can never get taken away from him. I know too many young men who are still boys and never jumped into manhood…boy scouts helps them make that jump. I can’t wait to start the journey with my little boys…and this camping gear would help us on that journey.

    • Amhebb

      integrity, bonding for both child and parent, respect

    • Noel

      I think it’s very beneficial for a boy to become a boy scout because a lot of young boys and young men don’t have any type of mentor and also they don’t get to experience the outdoors that much or learn a lot of the skills the boy scouts teach.

    • Sdleroy33

      its great for confidence, positive social skills and the integrity and strengths
       they will need in life

    • Elkinscha

      Boy scouts teaches responsibility

    • Elkinscha

      Boy scouts teaches responsibility

    • CRUISES72

      I think it’s beneficial for a child to become a Boy Scout as it teaches them character, social skills and physical fitness. Many young men have benefited from being a Boy Scout.

    • Christy

      My son and husband are both very active in Boy Scouts and absolutely love it!  From the values we teach at home that are being reinforced by scouting to the valuable leadership and life skills, we can’t recommend it enough!

    • deb

      Scouting is good for the whole family.  When my son was in Scouting, my husband was a volunteer leader, I helped families find “recycled” uniforms and my daughter just had a good time.  It was good fellowship and my son is still involved in Scouting and he’s 31! 

    • Nonnie Mouse

      “…Physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.” Are also part of the BSA oath, something we started every meeting saying, when I was a 12 year old scout leader with my husband.

      These, as well as the values listed above (trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, couretous, kind, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent) are not taught to so many of our youth today in a world of “it’s your life; do what you want without regard for others or your future.” BSA provides leadership opportunities and examples that display the exact opposite of most of today’s role models.
      Also important, it helps provide interests and talents that extend beyond video games and computers…. :P

    • Broogill

      My two boys are 4 and 1.  After reading some of the other comments, I think scouting will be a great activity for them.  Thanks to you all!

    • Holly Kerley

      My son is 17 now, but he was a scout when he was younger. We loved it because of the comradery and learning cool new things with others and sharing our responses.  Community!

    • Lcrobertson

      It makes them aware of their surroundings. It helps them with survival skills in life and situations. It teaches them how to help others. It teaches them how to be a leader!

    • Bfloydpa

      Trustworthy. Loyal. Helpful. Friendly. Courteous. Kind. Obedient. Cheerful. Thrifty. Brave. Clean. Reverent — I would be overjoyed and proud to have my son grow up with these qualities!

    • Anonymous

      Scouting (for Boys or Girls) is one of the best ways to keep our country strong! Instill good citizen values in our children and we will have great citizens when they are older! :D

    • Leeandlorip

      Both my brothers were boy scouts and I’m looking forward to my son (he’s only 3) to become a scout as well.  Great values and skills that are lacking in so many boys and young men today.  We know a young man who earned Eagle Scout a couple of years ago and we have been so proud of him – so mature compared to others his age – this is a great program!

    • Christine Smith

      Both of my younger brothers are scouts and have learned valuable life lessons and forged great friendships through the organization.  Makes me wish I’d stuck with Girl Scouts longer!

    • Salt Hands

      My husband was a Scout.  My son was aTiger & Cub.

    • R Smith

      Scouting is great for teaching kids teamwork and giving them social skills that they may not get otherwise.

    • amckenz

      They are learning some great life skills!

    • Ranchdreshin

      I’ve just signed my daughter up with Girl Scouts. She’s a Daisy! (: Not only does it give her & I quality time that we don’t normally get (I have a 1.5 year old son that requires lots of attention), she will be learning valuable skills and life lessons. This year, we’ll be helping out at a nursing home and learning about being kind to one another. So excited for her to be a part of this.

    • Todd Goodwin

      As an Eagle Scout, I can honestly say that my time in scouting was more valuable to me in preparing me for my future than my college education.  The 3 greatest aspects for me were public speaking, leadership and project management.  I am a proud father of 2 boys in scouts.

    • msbscandles

      Boy Scouts buids character and responsibility. 

    • ak

      My sisters and I always said that boy scouts made better boyfriends!!  I’d say that’s a good reason =)

    • Alice

      They learn a lot of life skills.

    • Momofjcs

      Being a Scout is a good opportunity for both boys and girls because it allows them to be part of a team.  It also teaches them responsiblity and respect for themselves and others.  It’s great preparation for the future.

    • Mstibbs75

      As a mom of a scout and another soon to be scout I believe it is the core of integrity and accountability that the boys learn that is so valuable.  It is a set of values that will carry them through adulthood. Unfortunately, these are values that are sorely lacking in society today.

    • Marie

      When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a scout just like my big brother.  Now I have two young boys and I am grateful that they can learn important life skills and values outside of our home.  BSA is stable and consistent and the most important value that they teach is DO YOUR BEST.  If my kids get that one, above all, I am satisfied.   

    • Crystal S.

      My brother was a very involved scout during our childhood, missing making Eagle Scout only because we moved & interrupted that path. Now he is able to be just as involved as his son is now a scout. The skills & traits that they gain cannot be counted; from fellowship, to trusting others & being trustworthy, to understanding the importance of community, to basic non-modernized survival skills. I am so proud of my scouts.

    • Susanmgarin

      When there is a scout in the family the whole family benefits. Growing up  my father was a leader, my mother a den mother and I had a brother that was eagle scout. Now that I am a mother of 3 boys 5 and under I can not wait till they experience character building through the wide array of adventure activities. All boys should be exposed to the Boy Scouts!

    • Morris Hourglass

      Learning through the Boy Scouts teaches one so much including leadership, integrity and diligence.  This is especially true if they become Eagle scouts.  My mother was my den mother as a Cub and a good friend was my scoutmaster and helped me get my Eagle Scout.  I plan on helping my two sons get them there Eagle scout as well.

    • bevm

      My son has been involved in Scouts since the first grade and is now in Middle School. He has learned so many skills and now loves to volunteer in the community as a result of Scouts. Scouting is a good influence on all the boys involved.

    • Sheree00

      My 10 year old son is praying that this year he’ll finally get his dad to join Scouts with him. Every Scout I know is able to fend, tend, and protect himself and any others around him. It is a blessing for those boys who have the time invested in their futures through the Boy Scouts.

    • Kajunsunshine21

      being a boyscout would be awesome for any young boy, it  teaches them so much including  integrity, patience, courage, leadership skills, and  diligence too many to list but i think it helps them become better people and kids for sure!!

    • Joymacmosley

      I know quite a few Eagle Scouts, and these guys are some of the most awesome, well-respected, and dedicated guys I know.  Boys Scouts instills a great sense of values that boys need to develop at an early age.  It’s up to the parents to do this, but things like Boy Scouts is a great addition.

    • Pieridaeb

      I think it is important to build character and have good role models.

    • Diane

      Boys get instruction on how to be a boy – something they don’t get from school.  Also, those single moms out there can involve their son in something that the father would normally do with the boy.  My 8-year old is a Cub Scout now.  His car came in first at his first Pine Wood Derby 2 years ago!  He’s earned lots of patches and badges and is having a great time doing it!  He’d love to go camping with some Boy Scouts camping supplies!

    • Nicolep

      My son was a cub scout and it’s a great experience for boys.  The core values they teach are so important!  Boy Scouts helps boys learn to be good citizens and enjoy wholesome, quality activities!

    • Smellthecolor9

      My son, who is 8, has just recently joined cub scouts.  I have been so impressed with the standards that his troop has, as well as everything that he has learned so far.  My hubby is a former boy scout, and I must agree that these qualities are some of the things I love most about him.  Our desire is to raise our little boy to be the Godly man/husband/father that some little girl out there is dreaming of.  I think this is one of the best ways we’ve found to help him acheive that goal!

    • karyn spillers

      I have 3 boys in Boy Scouts, ages 15, 13, 11. I am amazed at the morals and values they are learning there as well as survival skills. Boy Scouts has allowed them many opportunities they would not have received otherwise. It is a proven fact that boys who earn their Eagle Scout will be successful in their careers. I am blessed we are in a great church that has promoted God and family as well.

    • Carlywatson04

      My son is 6 and has just recently joined the ranks of the Tiger Cubs.  In the short time sine he has started, you can already see the impact it has had on him.  He loves to help out others, loves to incorporate the cores values into his everyday life and you can see the pride burning in his eyes when he tells people that he is a Tiger Cub.  As a single mother it was very important to me that he be involved in an organization with strong male role models and the Boy Scouts has proven to be a great choice.  My son’s first camping trip is coming up and it would be an amazing surpise for him to have all the camping gear he needs to enjoy the experience.

    • SarahWr21

      It’s beneficial for a child to be a scout to learn leadership skills and confidence.

    • Michael V.

      I am 18 years old, a college freshman, and an Eagle Scout. Looking back now, it is hard for me to emphasize just how important the Scouting program was to my development. Ever since I became part of Scouts at the age of seven, I have learned so much from the program. Through Scouting, I learned the value of hard work. Whether it was washing dishes late at night, struggling to get to the top of a mountain, or completing hours of community service, I learned that hard work, though it may not seem enjoyable, is rewarding and will take you far in life. Boy Scouts also honed my leadership abilities, teaching my techniques that I will use for the rest of my life. Thanks to Scouts, I feel like I have the ability to lead anybody now. Scouting has taught me how to be a good person, and to recognize good when I see it. I live the Scout Oath and Law, and I am a better person as a result. Finally, Scouting is a lot of fun. In my time as a youth member, I went hiking, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, skiing, canoeing, climbing, and many more fun outdoor activities. I highly encourage every boy who is interested to become a Scout. You will learn skills that you will use for the rest of your life and make new friends, all while having fun at the same time.

    • Jakeshake0

      I think becoming a scout is important and very beneficial in many ways. So many children are being led and just left to themselves to go in the wrong direction. Being a scout engrains hard work and commitment into boys and unfortunately, it seems those characteristics are becoming less and less important to many parents. I’m thankful there is still a group open to lead these boys in the right direction and become great (young) men.

    • jah

      My son is in Troop 245, Cumming, GA.  Ours is strictly a dad-led troop designed to raise up strong, godly young leaders of tomorrow with dads as mentors and examples. My son and husband are so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of an organization that fosters core values of faith, character, morality, service, hard work and community.  It is so amazing and encouraging watching these young boys turn into the young men God intended them to be as their dads come along side to encourage and guide them. We are truly blessed.

    • Wcherald

      My son is a First Class Scout with Troop 30 in Knoxville.  I’ve always known that Scouting was an excellent program for teaching boys valuable skills and leadership lessons, and I see its positive influence on him on a daily basis.  He started out as a Tiger Cub in the Pack several years ago and is now a confident, fun-loving Scout that looks forward to each hike, bike outing or camping trip.  He’s canoe’d down rivers, learned to safely handle a shotgun and a bow and arrow, gained knowledge on how to administer first aid in emergencies, and is becoming a better citizen through service projects to his community.  Its amazing to see him take charge at a campout and direct younger scouts on the proper way to build a campfire, prepare a meal and hang a bear bag.  His transformation from a little boy into the model Eagle is a wonderful thing to witness!

    • Ibeltran66

      I have 3 boys 1 in boy scouts 1 in cub scouts and 1 ready to enter cub scouts. It is a great program. It helps me raise my boys to be strong, respectful, honest, and all the qualities that a boy should have to be a good man.

    • Beth

      I think scouting is beneficial in so many different areas. It helps teach independence and goal setting, it teaches children to think about other people and be less self-centered, it teaches many life skills and encourages personal faith. It teaches children to be givers instead of takers in life. It also gives many children the only opportunity they will have to love nature. Lastly, for many kids it gives them badly needed healthy role models.

    • Qponmommaof1

      My little boy just turned one and I’m already seeing his creativity shine through when trying to get items out of his reach.  I think it’d be beneficial for him to eventually become a scout to hone his skills for good by helping others and being safe.  I love the values that scouts teach our youth.  

    • Crystal Sahr

      I feel joining scouts is beneficial for all children.  I joined girl scouts at a young age and the wealth of knowledge I acquired is irreplaceable! In today’s world there is little focus on what it actually takes to be “self-sufficient”, (and I don’t mean money wise). Scouts not only teaches these things but actually places the children into environments where they can use these skills. For example; camping, cooking, taking care of yourself, self-confidence, building relationships… the list goes on and on!  I have always wanted my children in scouts, and my son has been a cub scout for 2 years now. He started in 3rd grade and unfortunately had to take a break in 4th, but is back in for 5th grade. We had an emotional 4th grade.  My son’s father passed away from his injuries in Iraq. It took a little while to get going again but with a little motivation from a fellow friend at school he is back, and egger to learn and participate! I know scouts will help fill that emptiness left behind. As well as help his stepfather and I in getting him to stay on track in life. Scouts will help us continue to teach our son the importance of being responsible, dependable, and “a stand up man” to be proud of.

    • Deb

      Scouting is so beneficial and young men learn so many valuable skills through the boy scouts.

    • Hpmax

      Being a Scouter and mom to a Life scout who is working on completing his Eagle requirements, I’m proud of the Boy Scouts of America and all they do for the young men. A great organization!

    • D. J.

      As the proud mother of two delightful young men, one who wears the rank of Eagle and the other, currently a Life scout, who is working to earn Eagle, I must proclaim the power of Boy Scouts.  It not only affords a path for a boy to learn core values, it also opens the door for exposure to so many opportunities they might have missed had it not been for the adventures and opportunities to practice leadership/followership in the Pack and Troop.

    • PaigeVigil

      Scouts are our future leaders!

    • PaigeVigil

      Scouts are our future leaders!

    • Scouts teaches them to be fine young men!

    • Kris

      Scouting teaches boys respect most of all.  Respect for themselves, respect for others, respect for God in whatever form you worship him, and respect for our Country.  I am a female scout leader, and one of the most awe inspiring things I’ve experienced is seeing over a hundred boys stand in silence, saluting as we performed a flag retirement ceremony.  We had quite a few flags to go through, as we’d saved them until we had enough for every den to retire their own.  You could hear a pin drop the entire time.  The most amazing part was that the boys all knew that the next thing on the agenda was Smores, and yet they waited and watched in silence and awe.
      These will be our future troops, our future public servants, and our future leaders.  With all the turmoil our Country has been in, we need to continue programs like Scouts, and pray for change.

    • Hsmith1230

      I am a sister to three wonderful eagle scouts and my own husband is an eagle scout as well. The scouting program has not only instilled in these four men some basic fundamental skills but has also taught them how to work, be respectful and that if you work hard and put your mind to something, then you can achieve anything. This is a wonderful program for young boys and helps them become wonderful young men!

    • Emscout9

      Boy Scouts help young boys build characters and it a good networking tool for them 

      (emscout9 at Hotmail dot com)

    • Couch5063

      My Husband is an Eagle Scout as well as my Son.  Both have enjoyed sharing many adventures being a Scout.  Most importantly Scouting has taught many young boys the morals to become great men.

    • amy

      My son is in Cub Scouts and my daughter, Girl Scouts.  Both scout groups provide a way for my kids to explore new opportunities with their peers in a safe manner.  We have just completed a joint service project for the homeless of our city and the impact was great on the kids and adults.

    • I think it is important for my child to be in scouts because it teaches them so many invaluable ways to contribute to the community while being in a safe environment.

    • B’s mom

        In this day and age where common courtesy, manners, and respect for our country,elders, and peers seems to have been forgotten, I am glad that my son is a part of the BoyScouts. The Boy scouts emphasize respect for God and country,themselves and other people. It also fosters interest in outdoor activities for boys whose only extracurricular activities include video games, internet, and television. It teaches boys what it means to be a citizen,an active,responsible,productive member of society. The benefits of scouting are priceless.

    • SonjaG123

      I think Boy Scouts is one of the few organizations that actually seeks to instill the character trait of integrity in the young men of today who will be the leaders of tomorrow.  All of their core values are characteristics that are lacking in today’s society.  I have heard it said that integrity is doing what is right even when noone is looking.  Boy Scouts is helping to raise up young men who live like that.

    • Lildebra22

      It teaches “Life Skills” that young boys need to know!

    • Melinda Bedwell

      Just think of what a better world this would be if all young men/boys were to have those core vaules instilled at an early age. What a great program.!

    • Suetran

      Boy Scouts teaches a child great values plus they get to do fun actiivities!

    • Tinkerbell500

      Scouting provides a strong moral foundation for boys in a society that seems to veer away from morality.  It also helps them to set and achieve their goals while also teaching respect, honesty, and responsibility.  As the parent of a soon-to-be Eagle Scout, I cannot say enough good things about the organization and its mission.

    • mrspence

      Boys can become confidant in their abilities as they earn badges. Cool !

    • Misterb777

      The Boy Scouts were instrumental in teaching me about respect, honor, and loving the outdoors. I look forward to taking my 5 year old son next year to the Boy Scouts. God bless

    • Suziq5150

      In this day and age, an organization such as Boy Scouts could be the one thing in a child’s life to help instill right from wrong, responsibility and respect. With many broken homes and many homes with two working parents, a lot of children aren’t getting enough of the positive attention and guidance they need. Scouts can offer that, along with the time and bonding our boys need to grow into well rounded, responsible, respectful, active community members. I have 3 girls, all in Girl Scouts (founded on the same principals), and 1 boy, and I can’t wait till he is old enough to join Boy Scouts.

    • Ppeckham

      I am so thankful my son is involved in scouts! He has matured and grown up so much by being involved and learning to take on leadership roles.

    • Prippy

      My son Nathan just joined Boyscouts a month ago and is having the time of his life!  The things he is learning are fun and useful too!  He is camping out for the first time ever with his Dad in about 2 weeks and it is fun for me to see him planning what he needs to take.  He was also active in selling his popcorn and will earn several rewards for his hard work.  Boyscouts are GREAT!!!

    • Ethemyakka

      I know as a child that I joined Girl Scouts and I learned alot from my experiences there. I imagine it would be the same for young boys in Boy Scouts. They teach young children responsibility, preparedness, and many other life lessons! I think they are both great organizations!!

    • Sharon Cole

      Getting our children involved in scouts is wonderful.  They learn and experience so many things.  I would recommend all parents encourage their children/grandchildren to join the scouts AND become an active participant themselves.  The joy of sharing with our young ones is fantastic, but you would be surprised at how much you might learn yourself.  I know I have learned from being involved in my grandchildren’s scouting and I hope the rest of my grandchildren that are not currently in scouts, join soon!  Good wholesome fun and activities!  

    • R. Bryan Smith

      It teaches boys good survival skills, about nature (God’s creation), and even organizational skills. And it gives them something to do, something that is fun, with a sense of accomplishment to boot.

    • Marcia Goss

      Boy Scouts teaches boys valuable leadership skills, as well as how to work together as a group to accomplish something. It also helps them to become good citizens and help their communities.

    • My son is a Tiger in Cub Scouts, this is our first year and we are all very excited about how this will help mold him into a wonderful young man.  This will teach him how to be kind and help others as well as give him the confidence he will need as he goes through school. This will also teach him responsibility.  

    • Mjsmith1970

      I believe that this organization has assisted more young boys become great leaders in adulthood.  The individuals learn to become role models to other boys and keeps them focused on being successful instead of into mischief.  The scouting organization for both boys and girls is a wonderful opportunity to fine tune skills that prepare them for life.  God bless!

    • Tjball1970

      My son is in boyscouts and they teach a lot of good things to the boys

    • Hullwatson

      Scouts keep kids in line and out of trouble.. It shows them leadership and gives them guidance when they may not have that at home.. It makes even the best boy better and gives the ones that have no hope a window of fresh air!!

    • Michelle Buffkin

      As a Scout mother ofcourse I am proud of my son and the other boys in our Troop. To me the Scouts for my son is a respectful way to socialize. For my son there are no kids in our neighborhood and this is the greatest way to learn to become a respectful person in the community while at the same time being with kids his own age. The scouts has taught him and others many ways of survival, being a role model to other kids, and treating teachers and other adults with the utmost repect. It has also shown him that adults will also show respect to him for being that Trustworthy. Loyal. Helpful. Friendly. Courteous. Kind. Obedient. Cheerful. Thrifty. Brave. Clean. Reverent. young man.

    • Becoming a scout gives children a good start in life. It teaches good morals. And also teaches them responsability. Plus it gets them out in nature. And it gives them a sense of belonging to a group. I really do think it makes a huge difference in their futures.

    • bkee44110

      Most of the men in our family have been involved in scouting.  It is a great lesson in leadership and critical thinking.  I can’t wait for our son to be involved!

    • Brittany huckaby

      As a mother of three I do hope someday to put my boys in cube scouts and also boy scouts. I am a sister of a boy scouter and went to many events and loved it. I think it gives the boys moral support plus some stability in there growing lives’. Boy scouts can teach the boy’s things that many of them may not have gotten the chance to learn about in their everyday lives’. It also a great social activity for not only the boys but for the parent, parents or guardian as well. I’m the #1 sister of a boy scouter, I think I’ll make a t-shirt say that lol anyways Thanks.

    • LA-Bama

      Boy Scouts prepare the leaders of tomorrow.  It is ideal for forming boys into men.

    • Audra

      We recently signed our son up for Cub Scouts and he loves it.  They have many activities and learn while having fun.  It is great having a learning function that the whole family can be involved in. I appreciate that they often have the children write Thank You notes when they go places and the person working their tells them about what they do.  It teaches the children a respect for others that is often missed with children today.

    • Jason Hutcherson

      I’d like to win the camping gear to donate to an inner city scout group that needs it or to help get a group started. I worked for the scouts at a camp in Ohio a while back and each week we would pick out the troop with the most scout spirit to honor at the end of their week at camp. Our best troop the entire summer were a group of kids from the worst parts of Cincinnati. They were by and large the sharpest bunch of kids I’ve met for a long time.

    • Cfitzme

      My husband of 26 years is an Eagle Scout. Not understanding it’s importance, my thoughts were originally,  “Not a big deal.”. In the short 26 years of our marraige, he has proven to me over and over, the worth of being a scout. Our camping adventures with our family and various other occasions when he comes up with ideas that I would never in a thousand years have thought of, he”ll say, “I learned this in boy scouts.”. Without a doubt…I think every child should grow up with at least some scouting in their lives. GO SCOUTS !!!!!    

    • Renee

      Becoming a Scout teaches kids to become leaders and gives them confidence.

    • natasha

      I want my boy to learn knots.