This is a sponsored post on behalf of Boy Scouts of America.
Last year, my son James and I had the opportunity to attend the 2015 Cub Scout Fun Day at Camp Mitigwa, which is about thirty minutes from our home here in Iowa. This was our first experience with Boy Scouts and we left with a great impression of the mission of the scouts. Read about our experience here.
I have four boys who all are involved in sports, but the Scouts provides a different experience that will shape their character into well-rounded young men. Scouting helps youth develop academic skills, self-confidence, ethics, leadership skills, and citizenship skills that influence their adult lives. If this is your first time considering the Scouts for your child, find a Cub Scouting Unit in your area.
About Boy Scouts
Cub Scouts are for ages 7-10 years old or grades 1-5 and boy Scouts are for boys at least 10 years old or have completed the fifth grade. The BSA provides an adventurous program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness. The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law and providing life-changing experiences. The Scouting is a large organization that is composed of nearly 2.3 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 21 and approximately 960,000 volunteers in local councils throughout the United States.
The New Boy Scouts’ Lion Program!
Do you have a son who is five years old or in Kindergarten? The new Lion Scouting program is in response to the growing number of parents looking for age-appropriate after school adventures for Kindergarten-age boys. Available this fall in 198 local councils, this program will introduce members to Cub Scouting where they can futher their learning and development while making friends. To see if there is a Lion pilot program near you, visit this list of participating councils.
“In our council’s experience, parents told us that they wished their younger sons could experience some of the same activities that their older kids do in Scouting. To meet this need, we began offering age-appropriate activities to kindergarten-age boys with tremendous success,” said Cheryl Izyk, Lion Program Commissioner for Western Massachusetts Council. “The new Lion pilot program opens more doors to families across the nation who want to engage their young sons in meaningful, diverse and fun after-school activities that develop character and leadership.”