Scouting with your Child
As a parent, you’re a primary role model for your child. Scouting provides a time-tested structure that helps bond parent/child development through group and individual activities, recognition and advancement. Your child needs your encouragement, guidance and participation along his or her Scouting path.
Scouting gives youth the opportunity to try new things, be of service to others, build self-confidence and reinforce ethical standards. These opportunities not only help them when they are young, but carry forward into their adult lives, as well. What children learn in their formative years is instrumental in shaping their character.
Scouting builds character by teaching confidence and self-reliance, and promoting positive role models as your child grows and develops. Through planned advancement, Scouts are always in a learning environment, increasing their capacity for goal-setting, choice making and accomplishment.
Scouting brings families together. Scouting is unique in that it offers families a variety of experiences not found in other activities. In Cub Scouts, the parent is more involved in den meetings, and most activities are designed for family involvement. Den meetings last only an hour, and activities for recognition can be completed at home.
Qualified family members can volunteer for leader positions in the pack or troop or can get involved in other ways, such as becoming a counselor to teach the requirements for a merit badge. The joy of volunteering is not only in helping others, but seeing your child learning, growing and Having Fun!
There’s a lot to celebrate in Scouting. Merit badges, rank advancement and other awards are presented throughout the year at unit meetings and special events like the Blue and Gold Banquet (Cub Scouts) and Court of Honor (Boy Scouts). These make for memorable family events and great photo opportunities.
Scouting is a large national organization, but efficient at delivering support and resources at every level to make sure individual members can contribute and be recognized for their contribution. Let’s look at the big picture and how your child fits into it.
Your son is part of a den, patrol, team or crew (depending on the age and level)—a group of 5 to 8 scouts.
Several of these smaller groups make up a unit, which may be called a pack, troop, team, crew or ship— again, based on age and level. Each unit is chartered by a chartered organization—typically a religious, civic, educational or other community-based organization.