I am going to brag for a little bit because I think when I was in high school and college I was a fantastic aunt. LOL... I am not trying to be vain but I loved my nephews so so so much. They had a rough time when a divorce took place so I jumped in and tried to be fun and give them an outlet.
One of the things I did with my nephew Payton was take him to his first Boy Scouts of America meeting. Well, I think he was a cub scout at the time since he was a younger one. I remember we were at the Legion in our small town and he was excited. It was an informational meeting with a few parents discussing what it was about and then their plea for more helpers. I loved that they went through the scout book and earned different patches. It was a fun pitch and I am unsure how it happened but I some how turned into the Cub Scout pack leader. CRAZY!!! I was a college student and working a job so how did I have time for that?
We met in the art room at the elementary school and we had fun. After a few meetings I knew I was in over my head and had to ask for other parents to help out. I have a hard time remembering what we did at the meetings since it was about 7 years ago. The biggest thing that pops in my head is the popcorn fundraiser which was a lot of fun. I remember my nephew wanted to sell sell sell cause he had his eye on a prize. I know we did some other crafty projects and worked towards things in their Scout book.
One activity where I watched my nephews self esteem build up was the derby races. My nephew and his dad had to build their own little car derby. It was a great bonding experience for them but the day of the derby he had a great time and took home a trophy. I believe that my brother and nephew had their relationship strengthened through Boy Scouts which is why I believe Boy Scouts teaches great values and beliefs for our younger generation.
At the time my nephews were having a hard time with the divorce and then on top of it going back to school so this gave them a new outlet and helped them develop new friendships at school. Boy Scouts is a great program that can supplement any classroom activity and will help them in the future with their school work.
One of the big things I like about Boys Scout is the activities they do. Boy Scouts offer many new ideas to keep kids living a healthy life style and being active and outdoors as opposed to indoors and video games. When we live in a obese nation Boy Scouts helps ensure healthy living habits are taught and lived out.
Time for you or your boy's to Be A Scout! :)