The likes of Eagle Scout President Gerald R. Ford or famous Distinguished Eagle Scout astronaut Neil Armstrong have long touted Scouting’s influence in shaping them into the respected leaders we remember today. Such epic stories showcase the incredible difference Scouting can make on a boy. Yet reading the words of a Scout currently in the program, can say even more.
Ben B. of the Washington Crossing Council‘s Troop 121 feels so passionately about Scouting, he wrote a letter to the editor of New Jersey Online about his positive experiences and leadership-building opportunities. In the letter, he urges parents to consider Scouting so boys like him can have the same eye-opening, learning experiences.
What’s more, the letter also represents becoming one step closer to earning Eagle Scout, Scouting’s highest rank. By completing the letter, Ben is fulfilling a requirement for the communications merit badge which is a prerequisite to receiving the honor.
“Scouting teaches you a lot of life long skills while you have a lot of fun,” shared Ben in his letter. “There are so many things that I have done and seen just because I was in Scouts.”
Ben’s troop is “boy led, adult supervised,” meaning he has the opportunity to sharpen his leadership skills, without parents or adults calling all the shots. In fact, his newfound independence is the best part of Scouting.
“My favorite part of Scouting is being able to travel to places with friends and not having parents around me all the time,” he shared with the BSA. “It gives me a lot of freedom.”
Read Ben’s full letter to New Jersey Online on why parents should consider Boy Scouts for their sons and share his story with your friends and family who are interested in experiencing the adventures of Scouting.