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Prepared for life - more than just a motto

Scouting provides young people with opportunities to mentor their peers, build character and enrich their faith. -Contributed photo

Prepared for life is more than a Boy Scout motto for more than 1,000 boys in Douglas and Pope counties, it's a way of life.

Being prepared means having the ability to deal with many tough challenges life presents - that's what scouting is all about.

Scouting provides young people with opportunities to mentor to their peers, build character and enrich their faith. Planned activities help build stronger family bonds and help youth reach their full potential by instilling values that last a lifetime.

One of the strengths of the scouting program is the unique relationship between religious and community organizations, parents and adult leaders. Working together, they are able to focus the necessary resources on serving youth.

The result is children, families and communities that are stronger and better prepared for the future.

Cub Scouting is for boys in grades 1-5. Cub Scouting is a family and home centered program that encourages a boy to "Do Your Best."

Cub Scouting is an active family program that develops character, teaches citizenship and promotes fitness. It includes service projects, games, pinewood derbies, day camps, parent-son overnighters, projects, ceremonies and outdoor activities including trips to the new Cub Scout resident camp at Camp Wilderness.

Many of the boys and parents from local packs have had the opportunity to experience the outdoors with their families.

Boy Scouts is for boys in grades 6-12. It is an outdoor adventure program that develops character, leadership, citizenship and fitness.

Through the advancement program, a scout progresses in rank, gaining additional knowledge and responsibilities. The highest rank is the Eagle, of which many boys have achieved over the past years. Boy Scouting includes learning new skills, summer camp, weekend campouts, leadership training, community service projects, hiking and much more.

Venturing is for young adults ages 14 to 20. A challenging high-adventure program for young men and women designed to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults, the program helps youth pursue special interests in areas such as sports, arts, hobbies, youth ministry, sea scouting and outdoor adventure.

Exploring is a career preparation program for young adults ages 14 to 20 that helps young men and women try different vocational options before making a career decision. It is a hands-on career experience through partnerships with community organizations and businesses.

The Alexandria Fire Department currently has a very active Exploring Post. The members are planning a trip to the State Fair to compete in the fire fighters competitions held each year. We wish them luck and hope they bring home many memories.

Fall round up of new Cub Scouts is scheduled for September 15 at a location near you. Look for a flier in your son's school bag telling you where and when you can join Scouts. Cub Scouts is an opportunity for you to have fun with the entire family.

To learn more about any of these scouting programs, contact Jim Stratton at (320) 808 5096.