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This year my slightly overlooked second child is getting top billing in our household- or in other words, we’ve decided the shrine of ballet pictures we have erected to his older sister might need to be offset by an equally important shrine erected in his honor – one that reflects his extracurricular activities prowess. ( Lest he be sitting on a psychoanlayst’s couch years from now lamenting how his parents completely ignored him in favor of his older sister and uses this slight as the reason why he still sleeps in his childhood bedroom at the age of 27, because no one- namely his parents- ever encouraged him).
So we’re on the hunt for an afterschool activity that won’t merely occupy him- but rather will inspire him, promote good values and of course help him fall in love with the natural world and really when you think about it– all these factors can only be found in one area– that of the BOY SCOUTS!
Keep reading for 9 Reasons why Scouting is a worthwhile after school activity for your boy
#1 Scouting is a great Alternative To After-School Sports
While after-school sports are important to today’s youth, they simply do not offer the full spectrum of experiences provided by Scouting. Both offer physical activity, but year-round Scouting programs take activity further with arts and crafts, citizenship development, community service and so much more.
#2 Scouting helps kids remember that they live in a natural world
Kids are growing up faster than ever, and as us parents have to battle everything from age compression to video game play to cyberbullying, it’s good to know Scouting is there to provide a balance of outdoor exploration, technology interaction, and social activities that are so essential for proper development.
#3 If your kid becomes a scout it could lead to big things
Neil Armstrong. Sam Walton. Michael Jordan. All Scouts. Coincidence? Over the past century, there have been a great many Boy Scouts who have gone to on achieve major success. Is there a correlation between their achievements and the experiences they had in Scouting? I say YES!
#4 Scouts Words To Live By: are words every boy should hold dear
Trustworthy. Loyal. Helpful. Friendly. Courteous. Kind. Obedient. Cheerful. Thrifty. Brave. Clean. Reverent. These are more than words. They are values that all Scouts honor and strive to portray.
#5 Scouting takes kids out of video games and into REAL GAMES
When so many young boys spend hours a day in front of their gaming console, Scouting brings friendly competition back to the basics with the Pinewood Derby. Scouts learn good sportsmanship, self-sufficiency and a different kind of hands-on fun with this time-honored event.
#6 Scouting reminds boys that their family is essential to their growth and happiness
Scouting embraces the role of the family and supports activities and experiences that get everyone involved. Cub Scouting, in particular, takes great care in teaching Scouts a wholesome system of values and beliefs while building and strengthening relationships among family members.
#7 Scouting can relieve The Back-To-School Tension
With every new school year comes a whole new set of challenges. New teachers. New friends. New subjects. Scouting can help round out a boy’s education and improve both his confidence and comfort level with other students. And by giving him supplementary experiences outside the classroom, there’s a good chance he’ll perform better in the classroom.
#8 Healthy Living The Scout Way
It’s no secret that childhood obesity is a growing problem. One way to combat it is to ensure kids stay active and eat right. As a youth advocate, Scouting offers activities that help kids stay in shape and educate them on proper nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle
#9 Scouting explores science and tech in a fun way
Scouting isn’t just tying knots and camping. It’s also introducing young boys to the technologies that are shaping the future. Boy Scouts is rolling out a new curriculum with emphasis on STEM: science, technology, engineering, and math. The Robotics merit badge, the most recent of the 31 STEM-related merit badges, is helping Scouts develop critical skills that are relevant in today’s competitive world.
For more information about all the exciting initiatives and adventures the Boy Scouts offer check out BoyScouts.