Tuesday, October 13, 2009

I love Scouts

My sweet boy just joined the Boy Scouts. And his big sister has been in the Girl Scouts for the past 3 years. Can I just tell you how much I love this organization? I know, it has a horrible connotation with being "dorky" and when kids get older they won't readily admit to being in Scouts, but it is a fantastic program for kids.
Where else do you recite these fantastic words?

On My honor, I will try
To serve GOD, and my country,
To help people at all times,
And to live by the Girl Scout Law.
-Girl Scout Promise

I, (say your name), promise
to Do My Best
To do my DUTY to GOD
And my Country
To help other people, and
To obey the Law of the Pack.
-Cub Scout Promise

I was a girl scout for several years, so naturally I wanted to get Sissy involved when she was old enough. We have done so many fun things like learning to ice skate, visiting a pumpkin patch, cooking, crafts, but most importantly making lots of new friends. Yes, I have complained numerous time about the cookie time...I was the cookie mom 2 years in a row (the first year to 20 first grade Brownies!!) so I had a right. But I do feel it is an excellent organization that teaches our girls self-confidence, morals, and right from wrong.

Brody is now old enough to join Cub Scouts. He expressed an interest right away to join. Matt and he went to the first meeting where he made a boat out of 2 pencils and a piece of styrafoam- he was hooked. And when they talked about camping...he was over the moon! Matt? Not so much. But once he was able to see what a great opportunity this was for Brody, he warmed up to it all. And now he and Brody are busy working on his Bobcat requirements and out selling popcorn in the neighborhood! Whew! There is a lot to do with the Boy Scouts!!
Most importantly, the Scouts organization is rich with tradition, Boy Scouts starting in 1910 and Girl Scouts starting in 1912. And much of the foundation remains the same, including "duty to GOD" and "Serving GOD". What other public organizations for kids still have God in their by-laws? Still discuss the importance of God in our lives? Not many. And I like it.
I dropped out as a Junior Scout because we moved and we never picked it back up. I hope my kids ride this one out. I wouldn't mind my son joining the ranks of these former Eagle Scouts.....Gerald Ford (US President), Steven Spielberg (Producer/director), James Brady (US Press Secretary), or Walter Cronkite (TV personality).


J.J. said...

I have a Brownie and a Tiger Cub, too! I do love it! So do they!

Kelli said...

They are so cute. Jamison has expressed an interested in Girl Scouts and I told her we'd have to check it out so it was nice to read your perspective on this organization.

Miller Racing Family said...

How fun! I was in Girls Scouts as a kid and I just loved it. It was a great way to meet people and make great projects. I love the kids uniforms. I had never looked at the mottos but I love how they both kept God involved. What a great lesson in its self.

jenjen said...

I think that's great! My son is 15 and is working on his Eagle Scout project. It is an organization that stands for something and teaches wonderful things to our kids. I was a Girl Scout and I think that is a great organization too!

Cute pictures!


Anonymous said...

Don't forget...Cousin Patrick is an Eagle Scout, too ;-)

Alli said...

I too, was a Brownie and Girl Scout. Jason was an Eagle Scout. I have so many great memories of my time there. The stats of positive things that happen to kids that were in scouts is astounding. Sammi joined this year and I just can't wait to see the great things she will experience and learn. Yea Jack!

Anonymous said...

aww so much fun! I was a girl scout for a few years then we moved and didn't pick it back up again.. I would love for my kids to be involved! Your kiddos are to cute in their uniforms :-)

jennykate77 said...

That's awesome Becca!! I think Girl Scouts/Boy Scouts are great organizations. I like that they still focus on making God a priority. The BS popcorn is soooooo good. A couple of our employees have kiddos in BS and bring in an order form for popcorn once a year.

Hope you're having a great day!!♥

Keri said...

Nathan has wanted to join Scouts since the beginning of time and we have never followed through with it. I guess it's because I know how much Scot is gone which means I would be at the meetings and camp outs, and as much as I do dearly love my Nathan, I am just not willing to kill things with an army knife and make a tent out of paper towels or something.

I am excited for Brody....and for you. It is going to come in very handy some day for you to have a Girl Scout and a Boy Scout living under the same roof!

Xazmin said...

I love the Boy Scout program! We don't do GS, because we have a program for girls in church and Young Women that the girls are part of. But Scouts is our program for boys and Young Men in church. We love it!

Vivienne said...

Those coconut and caramel cookies are the devil.

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