This past weekend, my husband was asked to teach a class about using a GPS and Geocaching to the troop leaders of the Boy Scouts of America in North Central Iowa.  Because Chad was asked to teach, in turn they let us camp and play at their Winnebago camp near Marble Rock, Iowa. 

It was a beautiful location next to a slow moving river and had plenty of places to explore and things to do.  While Chad was off prepping for his class and teaching, Kenna and I wandered through the woods, turning over logs to see what might be under them and finding mushrooms.  It was great letting her lead the hiking and going at her pace, stopping as often as she wanted.  Of course, she found plenty of treasures to carry back to our tent but that made it even more special. 

My knowledge of the Boy Scouts is very limited, but from what I witnessed and experienced this weekend, what a GREAT ORGANIZATION!  The Boy Scouts are not only equipping the boys and the adults with survival skills and knowledge of our natural resources, but they are also imparting confidence and the opportunity for boys to just be boys.  It was wonderful watching the boys be creative with how they were playing in the woods, getting as dirty as they could, running all through the woods, playing together (foreshadowing a future of team work).  The laughter and "I'm tougher than you" conversations made me smile more than once. 

What I discovered this weekend is the Boy Scouts is shaping our young boys into responsible, confident, strong young men with a deep respect of nature.  If you get a chance to become involved with this amazing organization, DO!  You won't regret it!

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