Scouts are Learning What Every American Should Learn
Just a quick train of thought for today...
My son is a Boy Scout. He has every intention of making Eagle Scout in the coming years, and has begun to chip away at the many requirements to do so. He is working on two important badges right now: Personal Fitness and Personal Management.
The Personal Fitness badge is exactly what you might imagine. He has to study the different aspects of fitness - physical, mental, social, spiritual - and keep track of his exercise habits on a physical fitness chart.
For the Personal Management badge, he has a wonderful scout leader (Jeff Burdick - a financial advisor and dedicated community leader in Sturbridge) who is teaching the boys about money and finance. My son has to work with us to devise a plan for a major family purchase. He also has to start a balance sheet and keep track of his own income and expenses. Tonight when I picked him up from his meeting, he said he wants to buy a mutual fund or some stocks, since they often pay dividends. He also rattled off a list of possible jobs he could do to increase his income.
Needless to say, I am impressed and proud of the education my son is receiving via Boy Scouts. What I am wondering is: Why is every American not learning these basic life skills while they are still school-aged? If my kid can pick up these concepts, I am confident that most others can too.
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