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About 10 years ago, Misty and Larry Boyd sat with their son David at church. It was Scout Sunday.
“I never knew about canada goose clearance Boy Scouts,” Misty remembers. “I wasn’t a Girl Scout. My husband’s mom had him in sports from the time he could walk.”
David who was just in kindergarten at the time didn’t have an interest in playing sports, canada goose black friday sale but Misty wanted to get him involved in something constructive and fun.
“I told David ‘It sounds like they do the things you like to do. You like to play outside,'” she says. “I asked, ‘Would you like to do that?'”
David answered in the typical Canada Goose online 5 year old way. “Uh huh.” Soon, he was old enough to start the Scouting program, so Misty contacted a local pack, and her family’s journey began.
Both Misty and Larry became volunteer leaders as David began Cub Canada Goose Jackets Scouts in elementary school. They learned the ropes as they went along. Each year brought new lessons and experiences. And as David advanced, so Canada Goose Coats On Sale did they.
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David took on his own leadership roles, helping younger boys in the program. “For two years, when my son was in 4th and 5th grade, he mentored younger boys in Cub Scouts,” Misty says.
Misty and Larry also became counselors to Boy Scouts working on merit badges. To help meet the needs of troops in their area, they helped start a merit badge college.
Their initiative and commitment caused others to take notice. Misty was offered the opportunity to lead a monthly volunteer meeting (Roundtable) that provided training and shared best practices. “I didn’t know what Roundtable was,” canada goose store she says. “But that pushed me more.” It’s been rewarding experience.
As Misty’s service took her in various directions, she still found ways to canada goose deals share experiences with her son. “David comes with me to Roundtable,” she says. “He helps out. If I don’t have anyone, he always makes sure he gets the flag and we do our presentation of the colors.”
She also buy canada goose jacket asks for his input. “I’ve said, ‘Hey, this is boy led, so you’ve got to give me some ideas to do at Roundtable.’ And he’s actually had some awesome ideas that I’ve utilized.”
Perhaps their most special experiences have been while volunteering as campsite hosts for current Cub canadagoosejacketsalesca Scout mothers and sons at the annual “Mom Me” weekend at Woodfield Scout Preservation in Asheboro.
“We’ve enjoy itbecause we participated at Mom and Me years ago,” Misty says. “My husband is always working that weekend, so now it’s our little tradition, just my son and me.”
David likes setting an example for the younger boys just starting out. At one event, he put his cooking merit badge skills on display, and the other moms were very impressed. It gave Misty the opportunity to tell them, “You’re going canada goose to be amazed at the skills and abilities your son will learn.”
As Larry approaches retirement, he’s found other ways to plug in, as well. “I told him, ‘You’re going to have do something,'” Misty jokes. “I got him involved in the shooting sports.”
This past year, David completed his Eagle project, but he’s not done participating. “There’s other leaders whose sons, once they reached Eagle, were done,” Misty says. “The leaders kept coming, but their boys didn’t. David’s still active in the troop.”
Misty credits David’s commitment as well as his exposure to the many facets of the Scouting program through his parents’ involvement for keeping him interested. Next up is a Venturing Crew that offers high adventure canada goose coats on sale or hobby based programs for young men and women ages 14 to 21 years.
The Boyds have come a long way since that Scout Sunday so many years ago. They have flourished and watched one another grow. “We got our toe in and now we’re swimming,” Misty says. “It’s fun. My father was active military and was gone a fair amount. We always had a fine relationship, but I didn’t have a whole lot of ‘just me and dad’ stuff to do. Scouting gave me an opportunity to have what I considered to be traditional father son time.
“I stayed in the Cub Scouting program through fifth grade and then quit. In the eighth grade, I got back in simply because a friend asked me. It’s one canada goose coats thing for a stranger to come to your school to do recruiting, but it’s another thing for that person who is already a part of your life to say, ‘Hey, I enjoy this. Would you like to come with me?’
“Shortly after I got back into Scouting, my mom died unexpectedly. I was 14. Scouts were the people who showed up. They brought food, made sure I was signed up for canadagoosejacketsalesca.co.uk camping trips and summer camp, and made my sister feel welcome so we could do family things together. They were the people who supported my dad in ways I don’t even think I was aware of as a kid. They loved my family back to wholeness.
“After I got my Eagle, I stayed in Scouting for the Order of the Arrow program. There was an advisor named John who really became a surrogate dad. He really helped me learn a lot and become an adult man.
“A couple of years ago, they had a training at the Scout office. I was there with my son (who was an infant), and in through the doors walk John. I had this emotional experience of sitting there as an adult, holding my son, and seeing this man who was such an important part of my life growing up and feeling, ‘He made this possible.’
“It was a really powerful feeling of appreciation. I went up to him afterwards to introduce my son. I’ve got a picture of the three of us framed on my desk in my office. For me, it was an embodied feeling of the power of Scouting.
“Part of the reason why I’m involved now even though I don’t have a child who is old enough to be canada goose clearance sale in Scouting is that I get to be a part of what Scouting does, to provide a community that helps raise young men. It gave me so much more than I’ll ever be able to give back. The least cheap Canada Goose I can do is find opportunities to be involved. I feel almost a Canada Goose Outlet sense of duty.
“What’s really amazing about Scouting is that it has the opportunity to impact lives in small ways that eventually become big. Maybe I can pass on this gift that I was given by people who didn’t even know what they were doing at the time. It’s not like somebody moved into my house and cooked dinner every night or Canada Goose sale came in Canada Goose Parka saying, canada goose replica ‘I’m going to change his future.’ But it was a bunch of people doing really small acts that made a difference.
“Sometimes it’s easy to look at the brokenness and need in our community and think, ‘I can’t fix this.’ The reality is that we don’t buy canada goose jacket cheap have to fix it by ourselves. Scouting provides a framework where we can take little chunks out of it at a time and accomplish something. I’ve gotten to experience it through every stage of Scouting as a Boy Scout and as an adult, and hopefully I’ll get to experience it as a Scouting parent.”.