Give to Scouting, So Every Child Can Have an Ethics GPS
One of the most uplifting parts of being a parent is seeing my own children show the character values my wife, Tanya, and I have tried to teach. Like when our ten-year-old Girl Scout Junior recently said, â€œI try not to spend too much time with that girl because she is always talking about her clothing.â€ Or our 13-year-old Star Scout, who deliberately chooses friends who take school seriously. Even our six-year-old Tiger now values fair play and recognizes good manners when he sees them. Sure, our kids also have their moments where Tanya and I blame each otherâ€™s gene pool, but these moments of reward seem to arrive more frequently with each year.
To be sure, Scouting deserves much of the credit. Recent Studies by Tufts University and others show that the longer a child spends in Scouting, the more its virtues become permanent.
When youâ€™re lost in the woods, a GPS is a fairly handy thing to have. In todayâ€™s world, kids face moral choices in terrain that didnâ€™t even exist when we, their parents, were adolescents. Kidsâ€™ handheld electronics allow social interaction where rude, sometimes very hurtful behavior can happen anonymously. Kids need that GPS to stay out of those â€œwoods.â€