Did you ever have to make up your mind—between Scouting and sports?
You’re not alone. Get input from fellow volunteers in Front Line Stuff from the current issue of Scouting
Some great advice there. But here’s another option: Soccer
and Scouting. Designed for first- through fifth-grade boys, the program
combines the fast-paced competition of soccer with the time-tested ideals of
Scouting. It’s the perfect option for your Cub Scout-age boys.
Councils set their own prices for the structured, 12-week
program. Most charge around $20 to $30. Parents, volunteer coaches, and boys
attend a one-week orientation, and then start having fun.
Busy? No problem. The program’s schedule of 10 midweek practices
and 10 weekend practices—each under two hours—makes it doable. Practices feature
a Scout opening ceremony, a 25-minute soccer-skills clinic, and a 25-minute
Scout activity. After a short break, the boys divide up into teams, play a
half-hour soccer game, and then take time to reflect on the values they’ve
At the end of the 12 weeks, the boys compete in a
“Futbolito” tournament with other teams their age.
If Soccer and Scouting sounds like something you’d be
interested in, contact your local council or click here for more
For equal doses of fun and fellowship, it’s a kick.