Scouting offers quality time with your children and builds lasting friendships for youth and adults
It’s the sound no driver wants to hear.
Scott Richardson, navigating a vehicle full of Boy Scouts and camping gear, turned to see that one of the boys had gotten sick in his car. He pulled over to try to clean up the mess in the pouring rain.
But the group persevered to their destination and continued with their weekend. “Afterwards you look back and laugh, and it turns into a great memory,” Scott says. “We had a great time on that camping trip.”
Road trip illnesses aside, it’s a worthwhile sacrifice to make the time and muster the motivation to take a group of boys into the great outdoors several weekends throughout the year.
“Every Friday I leave [for a camping trip] thinking that I have so much I need to do at home, but every Sunday I come home and say, ‘Wow, I’m so glad I did this,'” Scott says.
Scott already knew the benefits of the Scouting program when he signed up his two sons, Sam and Ben. “It was a big part of my life growing up,” he says. “I really enjoyed the whole process of being outdoors and learning.”
Being a Boy Scout helped him become the man he is today. “I wasn’t a very confident kid,” Scott remembers. “The different merit badges and the recognition with the advancement gave me confidence. It helped me later in life to reach the next level.
“It’s a great training program, particularly if you have engaged adults,” Scott adds.
Those adult leaders shaped Scott’s Scouting experiences. “The participation from the adults was key to our troop’s success,” he says. “You could count on them. They were good teachers. They liked to see the boys advance and gain skills.”
Scott sees the same commitment now in his fellow volunteers. “My boys have said that the Scoutmasters and leaders that we have are some of the nicest people you’d ever meet in your life,” Scott says. “That’s the type of people I want my kids around.
“I think it’s valuable that [my sons] can have other role models to look up to as a network of people to teach them preparedness, safety, citizenship, and service to the community.”
Scott urges other parents to not just sign their kids up for the program, but to get involved themselves. “You don’t realize the impact that it can have on a kid until later. I wouldn’t have the memories that I have with my boys without these trips. What better way to enjoy the outdoors and spend time with your kids than [through] Scouting?”
He has two main reasons why serving as an adult leader is worth the time and effort. “I’m with my kids and seeing them develop,” Scott says. “It’s great alone time, and I’m not distracted. The other [reason] is the other adults that I’m with. We share common interests, and there’s a bond there.”
Building friendships, developing character, and learning skills for life…it’s the Scouting way.
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