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For this busy military family, Scouting maximizes that most precious of resources: time

In a lot of ways, the Blackmore family is like any Scouting family. They have too much to do and too little time.

The dad, Brian, is an active-duty sergeant working long hours in the U.S. Army. His son, Jacob, is busy, too, with school, homework, church and chores.

When Brian and Jacob’s precious few hours of free time overlap, they better make it count.

That’s why they joined Pack 810 of Vass, N.C. As Brian helps Jacob through his Webelos requirements, the two spend quality time together.

“Brian has told me that he was bonding and getting closer to his son while accomplishing Webelos adventures together,” says Mike Quintana Jr., Pack 810 assistant Cubmaster.

Mike sent me the Blackmores’ story, which was too good to keep to myself.

A family together

Families like the Blackmores know that as schedules get busier, family time won’t just happen naturally. You have to schedule it. You must put on the calendar.

“Scouting is a good, wholesome program that can facilitate this,” Mike says.

What about sports? I’m a fan, but they don’t offer the same opportunity for parent-son bonding as Scouting. A father watching his son play second base won’t have the same kind of experience as a father helping his son build his first fire, set up a tent or create a model of the solar system.

“It is evident how Scouting can enhance someone’s family unit and truly enrich their lives,” Mike says. “Brian and Jacob Blackmore can be the models of how Cub Scouting is supposed to be. Both always do their best, love the Lord, and serve their community and country.”

Liz Blackmore and twin girls Emily and Natalie are in Mike’s Girl Scout troop, so he’s seen that Scouting doesn’t just benefit fathers and sons.

That’s true in Mike’s pack as well. When fathers in Pack 810 leave on military deployments, the moms “become closer to their sons while the dads are gone.”

The Blackmores are just another example of how Scouting helps families turn together time into lasting memories.

What’s your story? I’d love to read about it in the comments.

5 Comments on For this busy military family, Scouting maximizes that most precious of resources: time

  1. Bryan, my family (husband and two [now adult] sons), were involved in Scouting all throughout my husband’s Air Force career. We found it very beneficial for all of us. I still work with a Troop on Fort Meade in Maryland, my husband teaches the Programming MB at certain district events, and my sons occasionally give back when they can. My older son-when visiting from his contractor’s job overseas- always sets aside a day to join me at a weekly Troop meeting and keep in touch with the guys. I highly recommend this character-building program as either a go-along or alternative to other choices out there!

  2. Vivian Gulledge // February 14, 2017 at 11:39 am // Reply

    Our family of three (now adult) sons and Navy officer dad always found friends and wonderful activities in scouting as we transferred around the US over the years of his career. We always looked for a church and a scout unit when we arrived at a new duty station. My husband and I still volunteer on a regular basis to give back, as we saw how much the program helped our sons grow into responsible young men. Besides that, scouting is fun !

  3. Robert Elliott // February 15, 2017 at 5:45 pm // Reply

    I’m a proud Army BRAT, son of a 29 year Army lifer. I did my Scouting in 4 cities in 9 years, getting my Arrow of Light in the Far East Council and ending as an Eagle while part of the Transatlantic Council. On my 14th birthday, I was in was in my 4th city on 3 continents in 4 years! Scouting was the ONLY constant as we moved across the world, losing and making new friends and losing the ability to play entire sports because there were no leagues where we moved, let alone having to leave teams and team mates. BRATs born on a military base like I was can never go “home”, but we can stay part of Scouting as long as our health permits, no matter where we live.

    My dad was part of my Scouting ever since the Vice Admiral (3 stars) in charge of all US forces on Taiwan told my did to stop whining about my lousy Cub Scout pack and “fix the problem, Major.” I was nice having him part of my Scouting since his MOS kept him gone from home weeks at a time so he missed a lot of my sports games while I was in high school.

  4. Reyleus Wollman // February 16, 2017 at 5:04 pm // Reply

    Nice to see good dads supportive of their kids. Appreciate them. Unfortunatly, not all kids are blessed with fathers like that.

  5. Military Pack here. Scouting is truly the one constant that the boys have. Instant friends, and friends that understand the hardship of military life. We do have crazy turnover though. However, the majority of the boys transfer to new Packs around the world.

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