Five Tips for New Scouting Families
Part 3: A Single Idea to Help Your Son Stay Organized, Now and in His Future Life
Scouting teaches hundreds of skills that will one day make your son a more successful adult. Leadership and citizenship may be the most impactful of these, but what about the important life skill of keeping good records? Whether you son is a Tiger Cub or working on his Eagle, teach him to keep track of his own advancement records, and see how this helps him mature.
For Boy Scouts, have your son write down in his Scout Handbook any service project hours (for projects approved by his leader), including the date, location, and a description of the project. This information will be most helpful when he goes to pass his next rank rank. Itâ€™s sometimes difficult to remember in what month and what year he helped that friend with his Eagle project, so give your son the habit of recording this as soon as he gets home. The very same applies for camping over nighters. Your son should record each Scout camp out night with its date and location, including long-term summer camps. It not only serves as a great memory later in life but will be essential when he goes to pass his First Class rank, which requires at least three overnight camping activities and camping merit badge, where he must demonstrate that he completed 20 nights of Scout camping.