Just outside of Minneapolis is the community of Prior Lake. And its local newspaper, the Prior Lake American, recently published a letter with which we’re over the moon, titled “Cub Scouting is a great way to have fun with your son.”
In the letter, Mr. Clinton Kennedy, a proud Scout Dad, urges folks who have elementary school-aged boys to join Cub Scouting, but only if they like having fun, learning new things and going on adventures. Who doesn’t?!
Then he expressed, in part, that, “Along with a lot of other extracurricular activities, we chose Scouting for our boys because it was something we could do together.” To us, this seems to be a common theme we are seeing, and one we certainly want people to know and understand: Scouting is something to do together!
It continues, “Parents learn how to help their sons develop practical skills and knowledge used both to advance in rank and compete in a wide range of games. Everybody wins because everybody learns. Boys care most about the fun, friendships and mutual respect developed with their friends, parents and other adult leaders.”
And here’s the part we love the most. Mr. Kennedy wrote
Though it’s humbling at times to discover you are on an equal footing with a 6- or an 8-year-old, there is nothing that bonds parents and boys with each other so well as having fun overcoming common challenges.
Click here to read the rest of the letter. You’ll want to pay careful attention to the creative sign-up night they are doing there in the north country, and see how you might adapt that to your regional or council area’s recruiting efforts. If you want to do a sign-up night in your neck of the woods, you can find more information and step-by-step planning guides via the new Marketing and Membership Hub.
In our fast-paced lives, Scouting makes the most of the limited time we have to help prepare our young men for the future, while making lasting memories in the present.
We know many of you readers of the Cub Hub know this, because you tell us in your comments, emails, tweets and Facebook messages. But it’s also great to see it pop up in local newspapers and publications across the country in letters like this one from Minnesota.