There are a lot of demands on parents today. Chief among those is balancing the demands of a busy work schedule and spending quality time with family. As our society becomes increasingly more complex, so do the amount of negative influences on our children. Kids today are exposed to vast amounts of information thought unthinkable just a generation ago. To help our children navigate this constantly changing social landscape, it’s more important than ever for parents to take the time to have meaningful experiences with their children.
With the start of the school year upon us, there’s a wide variety of extracurricular activities for youth and their parents to choose. From sports to music to clubs for every interest, there are hundreds of worthwhile organizations that support positive youth development.
Scouting can be a very important part of a child’s overall activity schedule. What differentiates Scouting from many other youth organizations is that the program, especially Cub Scouting for boys in grades 1 through 5, gives parents the opportunity to participate and learn with their children through time-tested, structured activities.
All Scouting programs are built on the premise of fun with a purpose—to help youth improve academically and develop self-confidence, an ethical foundation, and leadership and citizenship skills that influence their adult lives. And, of course, to have fun in the process!
While various youth activities and programs teach important life skills and promote teamwork, Scouting goes beyond that and encourages youth to achieve a deeper appreciation for the world around them and service to others in their community.
There is a small window of time to make a meaningful impact on children and shape who they may become as adults. Scouting helps to fill the critical needs of today’s youth and make the most of right now.
To help you and your child build an adventure, the Boy Scouts of America offers several programs for boys and young men and women: Cub Scouting for boys in grades 1 through 5, Boy Scouting for young men ages 11 through 17 and Venturing, a coed program for young men and women ages 14 through 20.
For more information and to find a Scouting group near you, please visit BeAScout.org or, if you reside in Philadelphia, Montgomery or Delaware Counties in Pennsylvania, please call 610-688-6900.