By Melany Gardner
Sep 06, 2013

Scouting: A Mother’s Contribution

Chyrelle Fowers looks very proud watching her boys as they are handed their newest badges at the Westbrook Stake court of honor. For now, every court of honor is a family affair. With Chyrelle’s husband as the Scout master and all four boys in Scouting, this mom’s life consists of a lot of driving to pow wows, signing up for camps, encouraging looks, occasional nagging and many proud moments.

Mel Article

Chyrelle Fowers with her sons

She is a Scout mom.

“[Scouting is] a great organization for my boys to feel confident; that they can succeed in things,” Chyrelle said. “They feel like they’ve accomplished something when they earn their merit badges.”

Like her Scouts, she also wears a sash of honor across her shoulder, but instead of colorful merit badges, she wears four sets of shining matching pins in perfect rows. As each boy reaches a land mark achievement from Cub Scouts to receiving his Eagle, she will add a new pin to her sash. She loves wearing it to Scout functions as encouragement for each son to fill in any missing spots.

“There’s a competition between the four others. If one brother doesn’t want to do something, they’re like, ‘Hey there’s going to be an empty spot on mom’s sash if you don’t earn your Bear, or Webelos, or your Arrow of Light.’ Like my last boy who said, “I don’t care, I don’t want to do the last little bit.’ His brothers’ said, ‘You have to. You’ll make a blank spot on mom’s sash if you don’t do the Arrow of Light.’ In the end, he got it.”

Chyrelle Fowers

Fowers family

Fortunately, mom’s efforts don’t go unnoticed. Seth, the oldest son, said he felt his mom was of the most help in getting all of his merit badges. Chyrelle’s second son, Weston, said about his mother’s contribution, “She helps us get all our uniforms put together and sews all of our stuff. She helps me keep track of all my stuff, and makes sure I get it done.”

Even at his young age, Weston understands the value of his mother’s efforts. “She wants me to succeed in life, so then I can go on and do better things,” Weston said.

Chyrelle said she works so hard for her boys because she loves them and wants them to succeed in everything they do.

“[Scouting is] hard work, it takes a lot for them to succeed in it. They can succeed in other things if they have this behind them.”

-#-

Another mother watches as her youngest son, Caleb, of Troop 884, Orem Sunset Heights Stake, raises his hand, speaking the words of the Eagle Scout oath at his court of honor. Cathy Gardner looks very proud and a little relieved to see the last of four boys to receive his Eagle Scout.

P1020396

Cathy with her sons

She is a Scout mom.

“Scouting is a great program, but I’m glad I don’t have any more boys to get through it,” Cathy said.

Cathy recalled many years of keeping each boy on track, getting them to Scout camp, and a lot of stern encouragement, and so do her boys.

Caleb remembers his mom signing him up for classes and pow wows to help him achieve as much as he did. “I probably wouldn’t have had the motivation to get my Eagle without her,” he said.

Adam, Cathy’s eldest son attributes receiving his Eagle Scout when he was 14 to his mother’s support, he said, “We couldn’t have done it without mom, none of us. She kept on the ball and really made sure I wasn’t dragging it out until the last few weeks and not being able to get it. And it worked!”

Another son and Eagle Scout, Timothy, at first felt reluctant about Scouting, but leaned on his mother’s support. “When I look back there are benefits to Scouting that she saw, that I didn’t. Now that I’m older I can appreciate it more. Just looking back you can see the purpose of it all,” he said.

President Ezra Taft Benson said, “Give me a young man who has magnified his priesthood and has earned his Duty to God Award and is an Eagle Scout… Give me such a young man and I will give you a young man who can perform miracles for the Lord.” [1]

This quote gave Cathy the motivation she needed to get through all those years of being a Scout mom. “I wanted that for my boys. Outside of religion, I don’t think there are many programs that teach boys to become men. Whether you have religion or not, Scouting teaches boys to be great men,” she said.

-#-

 To the many Scouts moms,

Thank you for all your hard work and service to the Boy Scouts of America, and for your dedication in raising worthy and able young men.

 

Author: Melany Gardner | Marketing & Program Assistant, Utah National Parks Council

[1] Ezra Taft Benson, “Of the Most Worth” New Era, June 1989.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

2 thoughts on “Scouting: A Mother’s Contribution

  1. AvatarKathy V

    I was sad to have my 5th and final boy grow too old for scouting. Now I’m hoping to convince a couple of my boys to sing in the Eagle Scout choir for one last “proud mom” moment.

    Reply
  2. AvatarPamela Brown

    Love your commitment to Boy Scouts! I love it too! Sometimes I enjoy the activities more than the boys, lol! Great blog!

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.