In our Cub Scout Pack 39, boys and their families have fun and adventures in a program that builds character while Cub Scouts have a great time with their friends and families:
When a boy becomes a Cub Scout, he becomes a member of a worldwide youth movement that embraces the values of good citizenship, compassion, cooperation, courage, faith, health and fitness, honesty, perseverance, positive attitude, resourcefulness, respect, and responsibility. Cub Scouting is more than something to do, it is about the boy your son is now, and the person he will become.
Every parent understands the value of spending personal time with his or her children. Yet in our demanding, fast-paced society, we often find ourselves looking back at missed opportunities. More than any other youth program available today, Cub Scouting supports parent and son relationships in ways that result in memories of time well spent together.
The Cub Scout program is uniquely designed to meet the needs of young boys and their parents. Cub Scouting meets these needs through offering fun and challenging experiences that boys and parents do together.
In a recent study by Louis Harris & Associates of New York, parents of Cub Scouts mention that because of Cub Scouting, they share time with their sons by:
These experiences are truly time well spent. If such interactions are not made priorities, valuable avenues for a parent to demonstrate love and commitment are lost. A Cub Scout father said, “Scouting gives my son and me a lot of time to talk and share stories about my childhood.” Young boys recognize that the priorities of parents are expressed in how parents spend their time.
Perhaps as important, Cub Scouts learn skills in an environment that includes other boys their age. The boys work together, play together, challenge one another, and encourage one another.
Also in the Harris Study, Cub Scout parents indicated that social skills their boys learned through Cub Scouting included:
Benefits like these cause one Cub Scout mother to summarize Cub Scouting this way: “Scouting helps build self-esteem. It teaches boys about community.” While every parent wants his or her son to have fun experiences in their childhood, fun alone is not enough. Young boys need safe environments and activities that promote strong values and character.
The Harris Study further indicated that when Cub Scout parents identify what they want from Scouting, and what their boys receive, the top five answers included:
Another particularly strong benefit of Cub Scouting is that more than half of pack meetings include activities involving boys of different ethnic backgrounds; and since most boys are in uniform at meetings, boys gain a sense of being part of a team, without the socio-economic barriers that might otherwise be expressed through attire.
Young boys grow up fast. Give your son a valuable gift by encouraging him to join Cub Scouting today. The time you invest in him today will make a difference in the person he becomes tomorrow.