My son has been involved in Cub Pack 71 for awhile now. He absolutely loves being a cub scout. There are some kids in his pack from the church, so he sees familiar faces. He loves the projects that we do and he loves just being social with the other kids.
I must say I really enjoy being a dad of a cub scout. It really brings me back to my days as a cub and boy scout. I always worked really hard during my time in scouts. I earned a lot of badges and really pushed myself (with the help of my parents) to receive the rank of Eagle Scout.
I feel good about being an Eagle Scout because it is the highest rank that can be achieved by a Boy Scout. If there is one thing that I can keep with me throughout my entire life is the fact that I am an Eagle Scout. Don’t get me wrong all ranks in scouting require hard work to get there, however becoming an Eagle is exponentially harder because it is something that comes with time and dedication. I remember there was a senior scout in my troop who earned every badge that he needed to become Eagle. He did the work, all he had left was his Eagle project — he knew what he was going to do, but never took the time, or put in the effort to finish his project. Thinking back on that situation I wonder how he feels about it now. Granted only a small percentage (most reports claim 4-5%) of boys in scouting will achieve the rank of Eagle, but to come that close and not achieving it is probably the same feeling an Olympic athlete gets.
Throughout my life I have felt like I have embodied the Boy Scout law — to be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. As well as the Boy Scout Oath.
On my honor, I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.
I hope that my son will abide by them during the course of his life as well. He is excited every time he earns a badge and he wants to keep up with it. I don’t see any problems with that now, but as he gets older and his interests varies I wonder what it will take to keep him interested in scouting.
I think my love for the outdoors, kept me interested as well as achieving the different ranks and the support of my parents as well as the scout leaders.
I look forward to remembering and reflecting and sharing my experiences in Boy Scouts as my son progresses through the ranks himself.