How a Mushroom Farm Changed This Cub Scout’s Life

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As a parent trying to hone in on your child’s talents and future interests, hobbies might feel like they change in the blink of an eye. Soccer this week, guitar lessons next week. But that sometimes frustrating search to find his interests are a key part of child development.

Sometimes an activity sparks a life-changing passion in kids – that’s often the case in Scouting. For instance, when Te’Lario W.’s Cub Scout pack explored the science of planting seeds, it got the wheels of this soon-to-be fungiculturist turning.

When A Cub Scout Activity Turns Into Something Bigger

You might remember the Scouting Newsroom story from a few years ago about 7-year-old Te’Lario’s farm – started in a room in his family’s home. But this quest to cultivate his local farmer’s markets proved to be no hobby. Two years later and Te’Lario is still in Cub Scouts, and his business Tiger Mushroom Farms has taken off! Now, he’s one of 10 finalists in the national Barbara’s Bakery Kidtrepreneur Search. You can learn more about Te’Lario’s latest adventure on the Barbara’s Bakery Kidtrepreneur voting page.

As Te’Lario aspires to end world hunger one day and donates produce to local food banks, the Bear Scout has stayed true to his commitment to serve others (all while having some tried and true fun in the Scouts). Check out photos from Te’Lario’s latest Pinewood Derby car construction below.



You never know where inspiration will strike. For Te’Lario, it all started in Cub Scouts.