Saturday, September 17, 2011

How to Raise Strong Boys

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Boy Scouts of America for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Boy Scouts of AmericaAdvertisement has long been a part of my life.  Growing up, I attended various scouting activities with my brother.  Now, as a mother of two boys, I've been very active in Cub Scouts both as a leader and as a parent. Our family especially enjoys spending time together during the monthly pack meetings. My son's favorite part of scouting would  be attending annual day camp, where he spends a week, shooting, swimming, wood working, learning, and having fun.

In a few short weeks, my son will be turning 11 and will be crossing over from Cub Scouts to join the ranks of Boy Scouts. He has been working hard to finish up his last few requirements to earn his "Arrow of Light" award.  Even though, he earns this award during Cub Scouts, he will wear it on his uniform for the rest of his life as a symbol of his hard work and the values that Scouting promotes.

My boys love activities like camping and hiking, that most people associate with Scouting. I am also excited that Scouting is adding a new curriculum with an emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math.  There are 31 STEM-related merit badges that will help our boys develop those skills needed to compete in our technologically advanced world.

As a family, we are involved in scouting because we want our boys to be  "trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, king, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent." (taken from the Scout Law).  Scouting is a great way to help my boys make friends and develop leadership skills. Overall, I feel like by involving my boys in scouting, it will help them develop into great men. As a mother, I couldn't want anything more.

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