In 1912 on March 12 the girl scouts were formed. I’m a huge fan of their cookies, but I also have other reasons for loving the girl and boy scout programs, and for writing about them today. As a parent, future parent, caregiver, and/or human, we all have a responsibility to raise up the next generation in a way that not only sets them up to succeed but secures a future for them and generations to come. Programs like the Scouts as well as Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and Big Brothers & Big Sisters have helped the world raise the upcoming generations.
They teach leadership. The world needs great leaders, the way things have been the past few years it’s pretty evident that real leaders are needed. There have been many groups like CNN Heroes and Beliefnet Inspirationals who have recognized the great steps some kids have made over the years. But we need more great leaders. We need to raise kids who don’t look for the violent solutions, look to create helpful and world-changing solutions that green the planet and help us all live better.
They help parents raise kids. It’s not easy to be a parent or caretaker, and just about everyone I know could use a little help with parenting, whether it’s from a babysitter, advice from a friend or homework help. The great thing about our planet is that there are so many others around who are willing to help you raise a well educated, hopeful child! If you’re a single parent, this is a great way to have a mother/father figure in your kid’s lives too.
They expose your children to each other. This means that kids learn how to interact with each other, with adults and with nature. They learn wise advice on everything from food and plants to making an income/selling to communication skills. You have your gifts and others have different ones. I can’t teach anyone how to work on a car, but I could help them start a business. But there are smart men and women who volunteer with these clubs who can teach kids all about cars. In other words, you don’t have to pretend you’re perfect! Let others use their gifts and talents, and use yours to love your kids and do the best job you can.
You can learn more about the Girl Scouts, the Boy Scouts, Boys and Girl’s Club and Big Brothers & Big Sisters at their respective websites. Also check community churches and organizations for other great programs you can volunteer with, donate to or have your kids attend.
I know how busy kids are today, but as beneficial as sports and other afterschool activities can be, there is nothing more important than giving a child the tools, support and wisdom to have a healthy self esteem, fun, leadership qualities and hope for the future that these clubs can do.
Have you had a positive experience with clubs? Do you know another club that is making a great difference in kid’s lives? Share your thoughts below.