The Cub Scouts need your kids. Scratch that - your kids need the Cub Scouts. I am a father, a husband, a business owner, but I am still and always will be a Scout. When I was young everyone was in Scouting; today's culture has changed -- kids stare in front of a computer and chat online.
I have talked with some parents who say it is a battle for their kids to do things other than video games and TV. Parents should want their kids to be in Scouts just as much as they should be in school. To me, it is that important.
Most parents only see the Scouts selling popcorn or walking in a parade and think that is all there is to it. They do not see the community involvement, the building of leaders, the strengthening of character, the face-to-face communication, the ability for a large group of boys to come together for a common worthwhile purpose, which is to help others and themselves.
To this day some of my most cherished memories are of Scouting. I can remember my first Cub Scout camp with my own tent, the first time I shot a bow and arrow, building a rope bridge, cave exploring, canoeing, winter camps, Dutch-oven cooking, and my first campfire. Scouting builds character and a lifetime of memories. The best part of those memories is that they are a shared experience, because the whole family is involved. Friendships are made for life.
This year we have many fun things planned for the Cub Scouts - from going to Incredible Pizza, the movies in Monett, The Corn Maze, the camp-outs, Rockin' the Chili Cook-off and much more.
Our first pack meeting is going to be on the first Thursday in September at 7 p.m. at the American Legion in Cassville. As parents, there is nothing outside of school that will educate, motivate or stimulate your child into becoming more active, more involved and more respectful.
Remember this country was discovered and mapped by Scouts. Many of this nation's presidents are Scouts. Many of our Armed Service personnel, police officers, firefighters and paramedics are all Scouts.
The next time you see someone standing tall, with their hair cut clean, their clothes tucked in, glorifying God and country, or doing something for someone else . . . ask them if they are a Scout.
Thank you from me, Cassville Pack 76's new Cub Scout leader and old Cub and Boy Scout of Troop 337 of Syracuse, Neb.
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