This post is brought to you in collaboration with Boys Scouts of America and The Motherhood, all opinions are my own.
As a mom of four boys, I am always mindful of the job that was entrusted to me when each of them way born. It is my responsibility to do my best to ensure that they grow into fine young men, and I wake up each morning worried as to whether I am doing a good enough job. Let’s face it, its a hard world out there, and it is only getting harder by the day to find wholesome experiences to communicate to our children the values and skills they will need to grow up to be a productive member of society. That is why I am a firm believer in quality time with your children, as well as programs like the Boy Scouts of America, whose foundations are dedicated to teaching these skills and values to each new generation of boys and young men.
Research shows that the majority of youth ages 8-18 get fewer than 30 minutes of outdoor play per day, yet spend a combined total of at least 7 hours of entertainment media throughout the day (source). Boys Scouts of America wants to help change that by constantly creating new innovative programs and way for children to #BuildAnAdventure and explore the world around them while building important life skills and understanding the importance of service to others. My oldest who has a behavioral disorder was in Cub Scouts when he was younger, and it really helped him to gain key values and understanding that no other method of treatment did. Now, my youngest is about to sign up for Boys Scouts, and I couldn’t be more thrilled about it!
4 Reasons to #BuildAnAdventure with Your Son
1. To Learn Service to Others
With Boy Scouts of America, your child learns to not only respect himself, but those around him as well. He will learn about service to others, his community and the environment through service learning projects.
2. To Pick Up Fun Outdoor Skills
One of my favorite reasons to have a child join Boy Scouts is for the great outdoor skills they teach. It was in Boys Scouts where my oldest first learned how to put up a tent and make a fire. Today, when we go on our #70dayroadtrip and other adventures, he is the one who builds the fire, and uses other outdoor skills to help out when we are camping. So many kids have no idea how to catch a fish or do other fun outdoor things that boys should have the chance to do. Boys Scouts helps teach them these skills.
3. To Build Character
In addition to learning service to others and outdoor skills, Boys Scouts helps build character. Patience, respect, loyalty and hard work are all important qualities that Boys Scouts helps instill in young men. There is only a limited time when we as parents can make a difference in the men our boys will become, and Boy Scouts can help parents make the most of this limited time.
4. To Experience Adventure
If you have stuck around the blog any length of time, you know that I love having adventures with the boys. We explore caves, take random dirt roads that hug the sides of mountains and lead to amazing views, and so much more. Why? Because half of living life is experiencing the adventure of it. Boy Scouts gives young boys and men the chance to experience the adventure of the outdoors first hand.
For more adventure on how you can help your child start building their own adventure today, be sure to follow the #BuildAnAdventure hashtag, and follow BSA on Facebook and Twitter.
Do you have boys in Boy Scouts of America?