I believe after school activities are an essential part to every childhood. In school, they are stuck with a strict set of guidelines dictating what they need to study and what they need to learn in order to become well educated adults. After school activities, on the other hand, is an opportunity for a child to learn about a sport, musical instrument or hidden talent that they may have that isn’t explored in the school curriculum. With my kids, I have always encouraged them to pick an activity that the are passionate about and stick with it for the entire year. After the year is over, they have the opportunity to continue or explore another activity.
Over they years, my children have been involved in many different activities (Lacrosse to art to guitar, etc.), but they never really found their niche. They would stick with the activity for the entire year, try to learn and absorb new information, but they never really clicked with any of them, until now.
Last Remembrance day, my DS10 came home from school beaming for cheek to cheek. He had been struggling for weeks to find a new after school activity to participate in because he wasn’t satisfied with any of the ones he had tried in the past. At first, I though his reaction was joy from passing a quiz or getting a high mark on a project, but what I didn’t expect to come out of his mouth was “I want to join Scouts”. His friend, a CUB, had worn his uniform to school to respect veterans on Remembrance day and it sparked a conversation and passion in my son about the world of Scouts.
History of Scouts
The Scouting movement began as an idea by Robert Baden-Powell in England in the early 1900. Using his knowledge as a a lieutenant general in the British Army, he sought to create a movement that aimed to support young people in their physical, mental and spiritual development. He began writing a book called Scouting for Boys, which he tested his theories and its application at a camp for Boys on Brownsea Island in England during the summer for 1907. The release of his book in 2008, Scouting for Boys, is said to mark the official start of the Scouting movement. The popularity of this book and its ideas sparked a movement like no other. From Boys only in England, it spread like wild fire across the globe and expanded to include females in a coed capacity and the creation of a female only group, known today as the Girl Guides.
The Scouting movement aims to help youth to explore their mental, spiritual and physical development through the application of the Scout method. This program of informal education has a strong emphasis on practical outdoor activities, including camping, woodcraft, aquatics, hiking, backpacking, and sports. It offers youth the opportunity to try new things, experience more adventures and develop a confidence in their ability to contribute to society.
I grew up as a Girl Scout and loved the adventures and places it took me, however, knowing my son’s track record, I was skeptical that this was something that would stick. Boy was I wrong! From the first time he wore his uniform to his initiation and first winter camp, he was addicted. His thirst for knowledge, led him to participate in EVER event available to him, outside his normal pack meetings. From serving dinner at a spaghetti fundraiser to helping a fellow Scout collect 4000 tons of food for the local food bank, DS10 has put blood, sweat and tears into every task that is asked of him. He went on to earn the Cub of the Year award from his troop (peer selected) for his contributions.
From that day he came home begging to be a part of Scouts, my son has gained many valuable skills and experience many opportunities that he wouldn’t have even thought of without this group. Watching him grow and learn new skills with the Scouts has opened up a confidence and love for the outdoors in a way I never thought possible. I am grateful to his Scouting leaders and the movement in general for providing an amazing learning experience for boys and girls every where!
I’m so passionate about the Scouts Canada organization that I want one my readers to have an opportunity to explore the joys of scouting with their child. By pairing up with Scouts Canada, I am giving away a Scouts Canada Membership from September 2018-August 2019, plus a uniform and program supplies for 1 Child! (ARV $315).
In order to WIN, you must be Canadian, have a youth in mind for the prize (5-26 years old), follow @ScoutsCanada on Instagram and leave a comment with a friends Instagram handle who would also be interested in winning!