“The real way to gain happiness is to give it to others.” – Sir Robert Baden-Powell, Founder of Boy Scouts of America We are a Scouting family, and thankful for it. Our son was first introduced to the program in 2nd grade through his school, which happened to be a unit charter organization. It was one of those activities – like karate, soccer, music lessons – that you give a try to see if it will “stick” and be something your child really takes an interest in. Fortunately, my son REALLY took an interest in Scouting. Now he’s transitioning into his 2nd year of Boy Scouts, just earned his First Class rank, and serving as a Den Chief in our affiliate Cub Scout pack. Being on the high functioning Asperger’s end of the autism spectrum, he processes information and adapts to social situations a little differently. Cub Scouts and now Boy Scouts has completely changed his life through facing challenges, earning accomplishments and building quality friendships. And, I’m having a tremendous experience along the way, wishing I would have been a Scout as well. Not only does the Scouting program enhance the lives of young men every single day, it brings families and communities together in the spirit of volunteerism and sense of duty to our country and faith. The Scout Oath: On my honor, I will do my best; To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight. The Scout Law: A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent. These ideals have been demonstrated more so than ever due to a recent tragic accident affecting a fellow adult leader and family in our troop. Thankfully the accident was not fatal, but our friend and Scouting colleague remains in very serious condition and the well being of his family and business remains in jeopardy. Our entire Scout community – Troop, District, and Council – has risen to the challenge. Great people mobilized immediately to coordinate signups for meals, carpools, hospital visitation, and even a GoFundMe page to help with the enormous costs of critical care. The true nature of relationships and value of communities is revealed when we’re faced with adversity and challenges. I could not want for a more caring, giving, and supportive group of loyal friends than we have gained through our Scouting family. These experiences, however unfortunate, are the building blocks of our young men’s character. It is a living example of what it means to be a man who lives the Scout Oath.