Scouting for Mom

Have I seen the hand of God reaching out to touch us today?

At the Cub Scout Blue and Gold Banquet my son received his Webelos Badge and the Arrow of Light, the highest rank in Cub Scouting. Now he will be a Boy Scout. Scouting is unfamiliar territory for me. One year I helped with Cub Scout day camp, but for the most part, I did not volunteer much in his Cub Scouting years. That changed in the last few months when the time for advancement approached. We reviewed the requirements with our son and his Webelos leader. Then we made a plan for him to complete those requirements. At first, it seemed like a chore to complete, with all the other school-related activities.

At some point, I finally read the Webelos Scout Parent Guide in the Handbook. I guess they do make a parent’s guide for a reason. I wished I read it long ago. Before that, I had figured scouting was his thing and he needed to be fully responsible for it. When I knew the “what and how” of the program, though, I could encourage him toward specific progress. Then, I treasured the time together signing off his activity badge requirements. I learned the value of scouting and want him to continue.

I also discovered a secret parenting tool. The Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout Motto and Scout Slogan package the important attributes we want him to develop in a fun way. Who doesn’t want more young men who are trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent?

Achieving the right level of support for my tween’s and teen’s activities does stretch my parenting skills. They need independence and personal responsibility. But that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t do my best to understand the scope of their activities to assess what is or isn’t getting done at home. Maybe that will be part of my “Good Turn Daily.”

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