June 22, 2014
A recent blog I wrote addressed the why, how and what of the scouting program. The why being why do we want children to participate in scouting. The how being the outdoor program, rank advancement; the methods of scouting and the what is about character development, citizenship training and personal fitness.
When I got to the why, I had a little trouble, because I had not really thought about it too much, at least not in detail. The scout oath and law embody some great ideas, but it has to be more than that.
So what do we really want for our children and the children in our community? We want them to be happy, but not at the expense of their future and their health. Letting a child have whatever they want we know can have unintended consequences. It can be a little too easy to give in and all of us have, to a request which might not be in the best interest of the child. Limiting TV, video game time because they need to study might not be very popular with your child, but we know that in the long run education is much more important. Other examples might be more subtle, there are everyday tasks which can be a bit unpleasant and onerous; a parent might be tempted to protect a child from such mundane tasks. Of course later in life the ability to handle such things will be enhanced with the childhood experiences.
Friday, July 4, 2014 - 8:00pm @FC Dallas Stadium Frisco, TX Deadline to purchase is July 1st at 10:00 a.m. More information
Race is Saturday July 12. Start building your cars now! This event is sure to be fun for the entire family and bring some excitement to our summer Cub Scout program. Each Cub is encouraged to build their own car, or a den, patrol, or pack can work together to make a team car. Read more.
Much more on the website. www.ntrail.org
Yours in Scouting,
Northern Trail Webmaster