I have been involved in Scouting for over 14 years and have held several different positions. From 3 different positions at the Pack level to positions in the Troop, District, and Council, but the most memorable was as COurse Director for Community Day Camp. It was 2000 and we were into our second day of camp wheis little 8 year old boy walked up to me and with a grin from ear to ear said, "Mr. Nault, thank you. This was the best day ever of my entire life." And then he hugged me and ran off. That memory is why I do what I do and keep on doing it.
My son is entering his 5th and final year as cub scout. I have also been committee chairmen for a couple of years now. I look at all the opportunities that scouting has given my son and I am amazed. I just can't get over all of the outdoor activities that the scouts do right in our own neighbor hood. Also it really teaches the boys to be responsible not only for them selves but for the environment also. The boys also learn allot of useful skills to help them through life. Also the day camps that the council holds in summer and winter are very well planned out. I was kind of amazed at all of the different skills that are learned at these camps. I think that every parent should allow their boys to have a taste of scouting. I wish I would have had the opportunity to be a scout when I was younger. I think there are allot of good people in scouting who really want to see it succeed.
I was involved as a Cub Scout in the third grade. That year, at age nine, my father died of a heart attack. At that point in my life, I had no idea how incredibly important Scouting would become as I grew through my grade school, junior high and high school years. My mom had to give up the "stay-at-home June Cleaver" mothering role and go out into the working world to take a job and provide for her three children. With no living father, and with a mom who needed to work, she had the wisdom to see a good program offered through the non-profit organization called the Boy Scouts of America. With her encouragement, I stayed in scouting through the Cub Scout program and on into Boy Scouts attaining the Eagle Scout award in 1967. From the bottom of my heart I thank all the other dads who took me under their wing, taught me scout skills and life skills imparting integrity, drive and leadership. Such skills have been immeasurably helpful in my career and in the privileges I have had to work with community organizations and to return time, talent and treasures to the community in which I live. So important did I view Scouting's value proposition, that I worked to encourage my own two sons to join the Boy Scouts of America. Each of them earned the Eagle Scout rank. That humbles me. My boys are now adults, but this aging Eagle Scout (I'm now 58 years old) looks over my shoulder to see that our family of Eagles is now three flying in formation. I have a grandson. I am confident he will find fun, excitement, joy and value in the fundamental life skills that the Boy Scouts of America is so expert at delivering through proven programs and initiatives. Do you want to make a lasting, valuable impression on a young boy or a young man? Don't hesitate to take up a role as an adult volunteer and help the boy find a path of integrity. I'm still involved in our local council as a board member. Why? Simply put...because Scouting makes a positive difference in a confusing world. That's a fact!
Growing up, I was a Cub Scout, then a Boy Scout, now I'm happy to say I'm a Cubmaster for my third year, with my 2 sons both in Cub Scouts. Seeing the boys I'm responsible for growing, and seeing the pride they take in earning their awards is such a great experience! Boy Scouts of America, and all it's options for both boys & girls to get involved in really can help our youth grow into the leaders of tomorrow! And the best part? You don't have to have a son/daughter that wants to be a scout to get involved! If you have the willingness to give a little bit of your time, you can help out. You can do anything from teaching a skill you have to becoming a leader and really get involved. To me, there is nothing better than to see the smile on a scout's face as they receive the recognition for the hard work they put in.
Prevent not Correct Scoutmaster Sam Anderson and I waited at Stoughton, WI. on the bank of the Yahara River in the spring of 1947 for canoes with the "older scouts" to arrive at the campsite. When they rounded the bend a quarter of a mile upstream excitement prevailed. Beyond the thrill of adventure Scouting's program is unequaled in its successful emphasis on ciitizensip training, fitness, service, leadership, values and character development. The cultivation of positive habits and attitudes in maturing young people far exceeds the effectiveness of the very costly remedial strategies used by society in dealing with poor behavior habits and values.
Growing up in the 60's and 70's Scouting had a huge impact on my life. Along with my parents and church; it was the compass that gave me direction and taught me the importance of Service, Character, Leadership, Achievement and the Outdoors. The outcome - I knew I had to give back, so for the past 25 years I've dedicated my career to insuring that every youth has the opportunity to be a Scout. Scouting is fun with a purpose and is perhaps even more relevant and needed today. Finally, now, watching my sons experience the program and learn and grow through each experience, it reinforces the importance of the vales of the Scout Oath and Law in every young person’s development.
I have been a leader for the BSA in Cub Scouts and now Boys Scouts for over a year now...my sons for about 2 years. I must admit...having known nothing about the organization prior and now being fully immersed...it is overwhelmingly the most positive experience in our lives! My sons have the opportunity to explore SO MANY facets of life!! Life...that's right...made up of many different components...God, Service, Country, Family Life, Sports, Social Life, Arts, Liberty, Sports...I could go on and on. My sons are different in nature and interests, yet, they both love Scouting! What a positive influence on both my sons and our family as a whole to "Do Your Best" every day. We are not perfect, but with the guidance of the BSA, we "Do Our Best" every day!
I volunteered (or was volunteered) 3 years ago with much trepidation to become a Cub Scout Den Leader. I am now proud to say that I thoroughly enjoy being a leader in this organization. It has allowed my sons and my family to experience things within our family and within the boys peer groups that they wouldn't have had the opportunity to experience. It has strengthened my relationship not only with my sons, but also within the community.
Boy Scouting is not just about campfires. Our children are offered many extra-curricular opportunities, most of which focus on competition against other individuals or teams. The Boy Scout program focuses on character development, service to others, and developing leadership skills. Boy Scout meetings are conducted by the youth members rather than adults. Activities are planned by the youth members with adult assistance. Older boys teach the younger boys skills such as tying knots, first aid, and using a map and compass. Through these activities, the boys learn to work together and to lead others.
I recently had the privelege of conducting a scoutmaster review for an Eagle scout. I asked him how scouting had influenced him. He was quick to respond that the experience had changed his moral and ethical direction. He said that had he not joined scouting he was going down a very different path. I see a lot of young scouts grow up to be young men and Scouting always makes a positive impact.