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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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