Boy Scouts of America Reaching Our Youth

Who hangs out with tigers, bobcats, wolves, and bears? 400 Cub Scouts in the Mannahoac District of the Boy Scouts of America—and they are inviting first- through fifth-grade boys to join the Cub Scouts—where there is fun at every turn.

The Mannahoac District, Shenandoah Area Council, serving Clarke County in VA and Jefferson County in WV, is excited to be spreading the word about Cub Scouting.

Every parent understands the value of spending personal time with his or her children. Yet in our demanding, fast-paced society, we often find ourselves looking back at missed opportunities. More than any other youth program available today, Cub Scouting supports parent and son relationships in ways that result in memories of time well spent together.

The Cub Scout program is uniquely designed to meet the needs of young boys and their parents. Cub Scouting meets these needs by offering fun and challenging experiences that boys and parents do together.

Such experiences range from learning how to put up a tent, swim, properly care for animals, or use hand tools to complete small projects. In a recent study by Louis Harris & Associates of New York, at least 90 percent of parents of Cub Scouts say that because of Cub Scouting, they share time with their sons by working on projects together, going places together, and talking together.

These experiences are truly time well spent. If such interactions are not made priorities, valuable avenues for a parent to demonstrate love and commitment are lost. Young boys recognize that the priorities of parents are expressed in how parents spend their time.

While every parent wants his or her son to have fun experiences in their childhood, fun alone is not enough. Young boys need safe environments and activities that promote strong values and character. These are the elements that families strive to provide and that Cub Scouting supports.

Today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders. Make a difference in your son’s life; start him on the right path. “When I stop and think about the impact that I’m having on my son and the lives of his friends, it doesn’t just make me feel good—it makes me feel great,” said Marsha Cady, a Cub Scout parent. Besides, how else can your son be a Tiger Cub (first grade) and then become a Bobcat, a Wolf, and a Bear?

We invite parents with boys in the first through fifth grade to join this great program. Please visit our website at www.BeAscout.org for more details on how to sign up or for more information on Cub Scout packs in your area.