If mothers only knew that the opportunities to give service will make him a better son and brother. He will be more helpful around home and to his community. Service will give him a sense of charity that will last a lifetime.
If mothers only knew that, beyond her home, Scouting provides the best opportunity to be prepared for a mission. A good Scouting experience will allow her son to gain skills like teaching, teamwork, leadership and cooperation, giving him skills that would be hard to find anywhere else and preparing him to serve the Lord.
If mothers only knew that Scouting can give her son the confidence in life to do hard things. The experience of sacrifice and hard work is not easy in today’s environment for young men. They need the opportunity to learn confidence early and practice it regularly, allowing them to prepare for the future.
If mothers only knew that, as a Scout, her son will be surrounded by the example of men that would teach him true-life skills, men who would set an example of what he could become, men of character, men of spiritual strength, men of God.
If mothers only knew that living the Scout Oath and Law are central to what happens in a boy’s heart through Scouting. Examples of integrity are harder to find in today’s world. We need more young men to become men of integrity, to know what it means to be physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight. Over time, a Scout learns what the Oath and Law are and how to apply them in his life.
If mothers only knew that Scouting can be a game changer in their son’s life in giving him the skills to succeed. I believe that mothers who do know what Scouting can do have made a difference in millions of young men’s lives. There will never be a bigger influence in the world than mothers.
Author: Dave Pack | Scout Executive, Utah National Parks Council