When my brother was a child, he spent many years in the Boy Scouts of America organization and it’s different levels. Up until he entered high school, I remember tagging along with him and my dad as they attended meetings and worked on earning badges. My brother repeated the Scout oath standing tall. I’m 6 years younger than my brother, but even I took pride in his accomplishments. So much so that I joined the Brownies, the younger version of Girl Scouts, as soon as I could.
Scouting has always been a positive instrument in bridging the family dynamic. It was a way for my dad and my brother to spend time together, father and son, building character and a link to community. I’m sure it’s still the same today. Which is why I would gladly encourage my own sons to become members if they were to ever show interest.
Not only was it a good way to bond with family, but it also helped with self-esteem at school. With so many changes happening at once between new teachers, new friends, new subjects, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. But Scouting can help boost that confidence, thereby making it easier to perform better in a classroom.
While back then there were a lot of outdoor activities, focusing on camping and safety, the Boy Scouts have improved with the times. They now offer a new curriculum focusing on STEM; science, technology, engineering and math. The most recent of these merit badges are helping Scouts develop important skills in these areas that are crucial in today’s modern, competitive world.