Many moons ago my son asked to join Cub Scouts. After another day at work then getting dinner fixed we went back up to Friendship Valley Elementary for 'Back to School Night' to give us a brief look at Cub Scouts. He was mesmerized by the uniform and colorful patches. Our next step was the application and attending a Pack meeting. My son by age seven was a great swimmer, a budding soccer goalie, and no interest in lacrosse or basketball. But he loved reading his Cub Scout handbook and Boys' Life magazine that came addressed to him every month in the mail. Cub Scout dens go on monthly outings of some type whether it's to the Carroll County Times, the fire department, hiking or a camping trip. Those camping trips started our acquisition of three large shelving units to hold all the camping accouterments you could ever want. LL Bean and REI became our go to stores. He and the boys in his Cub Scout Pack became proficient public speakers delivering silly skit lines and singing corny songs. They learned how to be proficient in the out of doors and how to make themselves comfortable in cold temperatures and play outside all day. My son was never that athletic so Scouting fit the bill learning lots of different information that supplemented his school experience through high school. I've since boxed up Andy's belt loop awards, his red vest covered in patches, and his merit badge sash and Eagle Scout ribbon placed in our safe deposit box. Joining Cub Scouts sixteen years ago this fall gave our family good friends, good memories, and a variety of educational experiences. Today we're still involved with Scouting. Guiding young men to become Eagle Scouts, teaching parents how to be effective scout leaders, and helping with program events to extend the learning of boys that will stay with them for a lifetime. We teach our Cub Scouts to 'Do Their Best' and watch our Boy Scouts use skills that prepare them for life. Every elementary school in Carroll County has a Cub Scout Pack that will recruit boys for Cub Scouts. Hopefully your son and a couple of his friends will join Scouts. Check out our Packs at www.BeAScout.org and I hope to see you at a Pack meeting or leader training.
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