I was a Girl Scout for several years and I remember some of those field trips and camping trips as some of the most fun I had with my friends. Now it’s my turn to watch my kids go through scouting.
Our two boys are both in scouts, one is a Boy Scout and one is a Cub Scout. Our oldest intends to go all the way to Eagle Scout. As a mother, I’m curious about the Boy Scouts since I have no experience with the organization. I was hoping for lots of secret stuff and rituals but no luck so far. They boys do have fun building their Derby cars each year and I admit to grabbing the edge of my seat during the annual Pinewood Derby races.
When I was in scouts, we had a couple camping trips each year and the occasional field trip and regular meetings. I could not wait to march in the Memorial Day parade in my Brownie uniform!
The Boy Scouts in Avon Lake are extremely active. They have regular den meetings, a pack or troop meeting once or twice a month and some kind of field trip every month. There are a lot of overnights.
My husband was an Eagle Scout and while he’s happy our oldest wants to do the same, he’s not as thrilled about all the camping trips. He said he was “camped out.” I pointed out it was the boys’ turn and he needed to go on some of these trips anyway.
So far, he’s been really glad he did go with them. He got to spend a weekend on an actual military ship in Buffalo, several trips to the Science Center downtown and in a couple weeks he’s spending the weekend at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton.
I’m finding myself getting excited about our daughter starting Girl Scouts and hoping we get to do some way cool things like that, too.
I was wondering how other former scouts are experiencing their children’s scouting experience. Is it different as an adult? Is it an inconvenience both financially and time-wise?
My husband works full time and I’m in school full time so our free time is somewhat limited once you factor in the day-to-day stuff on top of that. While the boys sell popcorn to raise money for their trips, times are tight and they don’t sell a great deal of popcorn – usually just enough to get a small prize for their efforts. That means we’re paying for the trips and summer camp.
I don’t know if any of the moms go on the Boy Scout overnights. If they do, I may just volunteer myself. I’ve gone on some of the local field trips and I loved watching my sons experience the French Creek Nature Center and the police station with their friends.
It’s been fun, but it’s also been a very different perspective for me as a parent watching the scouting experience. Are the boys learning anything or are they just stuffing their pockets with pine cones and rocks? Are they absorbing the experience or just hanging out with their friends? I don’t know, but I do know they are having a great time and so are we.