When I was a kid, the Boy Scouts were THE organization to belong to. I'm not sure how popular the organization is these days although last week I met a young man who appeared to be a rocker kid (long hair, piercing, etc) who gave me the run down on his recent Eagle Scout project (which just goes to show you can't judge a book by its cover!). Chatting about the Scouts gave me an idea for a blog post.
If you (and/or your kids) have some spare time this summer, why not participate in a few Boy Scout projects whether you are a scout or not? This website lists all of the Merit Badges that Boy Scouts can earn. Each badge link gives a very clear explanation of the steps to earning the badge, along with resources, books, and other useful links to help you successfully accomplish the project. Just glancing through the list, camping, carpentry, emergency preparedness, gardening, path finding, rifle shooting, tracking, and signaling stand out as skills, that EVERYONE should know whether you are a teenage boy, a seven year old girl, or a 70 year old man.