Besides just being an historical moment, scouting is a family endeavor for us … I was a scout, my father was in scouting, and my son is a Boy Scout now.
My own experiences in scouting – and watching my son in his scouting adventures – brought a wealth of bug bites, pieces of knotted rope, wooden-carved somethings, and lots of learning.
It is the ultimate experience of hands-on learning, too. Nothing like cooking on a campfire to learn that you don’t want to keep your sealed cans of food too close to the fire. They will explode.
But in all seriousness, the lessons learned go beyond pitching a tent or weaving a basket. They involve learning how best to interact with others of all personalities (can we say corporate culture and office politics?), teamwork, taking responsibility for your decisions and actions (we need more of that in many places!), confidence … among others.
So, congrats to the Scouting Movement … and here’s to another 100 years and more.