That fellow, whom that other museum in town is dedicated to, once said, “The trouble with the Boy Scouts is . . . there aren’t enough of them.” (To my beloved friends and colleagues at the Will Rogers Memorial Museums, you know I’m just playing with you.)

Ol’ Will was right. There are just not enough Scouts in our country. Not only is Scouting a great way to raise up children of character with practical life skills, it also provides the community with some very beneficial service projects. We need more Scouts, and here is your opportunity.

11 The Trouble with Boy Scouts PictureThe local Cub Scout Packs will hold a sign-up rally at the J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum Monday August 26th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. There will also be representatives from local Boy Scout Troops if you have an older son.

Cub Scouts is for the younger boys; those between the ages of 7 and 10 or in grades 1 through 5. Boy Scouts is for boys 11 to 17. Now, before you start thinking that Scouting provides a great babysitting opportunity where you can just drop off your son, let me tell you something. Cub Scouting is about FAMILY IMPROVEMENT just as much as it is about BOY IMPROVEMENT. They whole family gets involved.

You parents don’t get off the hook. Your son needs you, and you need your son, just the same way that you and your son need Cub Scouting and Cub Scouting needs you and your son. Scouting needs leaders and helpers. Trust me, you will all have a great time.

When parents help with Scout activities, their kids have more fun and succeed in their efforts. As a Scout Leader, I ask parents what they do for a living, what they do for entertainment, and what they think they can share with the whole group. One year, one of my Den-parents was an auto mechanic. He brought some of his tools to a meeting and taught what they are used for. One of my Den-parents enjoyed dirt-biking as a hobby. He brought his tools and taught the boys how to take care of their bicycles, change flat tires, and use proper safety equipment for our ride.

Cub Scouts explore the outdoors, learn about plants and animals, visit places like zoos, nature centers, and fire and police stations. They get to learn how their community works and why it is important for every citizen to know these things.

Scouting is fun and exciting, and your kids will even surprise themselves when they realize they have learned something during all that fun.

Whether you are signing up for Cub Scouts, or not; come visit the J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum, on historic Route 66 in Claremore, OK. Admission is free, but donations are gladly accepted.  Open Monday through Friday 8:30 to 5:00, Saturday 10:00 to 5:00, and Sunday