Updated on July 4th, 2015
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My local church group has a Boy Scouts of America troop for the boys to participate in for weekly activities. My son joined the troop when he turned 8 and has absolutely loved participating in the weekly activities. This year was his first year to attend day camp, though, and it was an incredible experience for him. His time at day camp is something he’ll always remember. Here are 5 reasons my son loved his time at Boy Scouts of America day camp, and why it’s an experience all boys should have!
1. Discover New Interests – Day camp covered so many areas including of interest arts, science, building skills, and more as they worked towards earning belt loops. My son found that he really enjoyed archery, something we wouldn’t have taught him at home as we don’t have a range or bow. It was neat to see him come home expressing new interests in a variety of areas.
2. Learn Something New – The camp included learning about space, electricity, history, and more. While they were learning, it was disguised as fun so it didn’t feel like a stuffy school lesson.
3. Deepen Friendships – Your child may make new friends, or strengthen the friendships he already has. The days at day camp are so jam packed full of fun that they really create a lot of memories as a troop along with inside jokes!
4. Get out of the House – The best way to spend summer break is getting out and having full, fun, packed days! But, entertaining your kids for those long summer days can be exhausting. Day camp is the perfect way to give your child something totally memorable from their summer break without having to do any planning. Get them out of the house and exploring, creating, and discovering something new.
5. Have FUN! – Nothing beats the fun of day camp! Each night after camp, my son came home so tired from the full day, but so excited to tell me all about his day. I could tell he was exhausted, but even still he was too excited about all the fun he had to go right to sleep, he had to share all the details!
Here are just some of the fun activities my son participated in during this year’s Boy Scouts of America Day Camp:
- Target Shooting
- Leather work
- Electric circuits
- Outer space study
- Air pressure
- Jousting with pool noodles
- Water balloon battle
- Crafting a wooden sword
- Design a Castle
- Try to pull the Sword from the Stone
I’ve seen so much growth in my son in the mere 9 months he’s been involved in his Boy Scouts of America Wolf den. I see it forming in him early leadership skills, budding new interests, teaching him about a strong moral compass, and guiding a desire to serve and work hard.
After each of his weekly den meetings, my son has come home excited to be in scouts and really enjoying whatever project or lessons they worked on that day. He has made a bird house, learned how to play chess, crafted a weather vane, and many, many more projects.
All boys can benefit from the support, encouragement, and life lessons found through a Boy Scouts of America troop. Whether for weekly den and pack meetings or being involved in summer day camps – it all builds a strong foundation for these boys to become upstanding citizens and men in their future. Learn more about scouting at beascout.scouting.org.