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Scouts are Learning What Every American Should Learn

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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Comment balloon 8 commentsKathryn Acciari • February 15 2011 10:12PM


Absolutely Kathryn... it is basic education that our sons and daughters need.

Families and School should be motivating all kids to achieve more, be more confident and explore

inspire them to be inventive /creative productive member of our great society.


Nor Yeretsian

Posted by Nor Yeretsian, Envoy Capitol Realty Inc., Brokerage Toronto (Envoy Capitol Realty Inc.) over 9 years ago

It sounds like your son is learning more contemporary subjects since I was a scout.  It's a great program!


Posted by Jim Wire (Chase International South Tahoe Realty) over 9 years ago

Hi Kathryn - Common sense, how to balance a check book, renting, buying groceries, everyday living, etc. is not taught in our schools.  Like Jim mentioned scouting has changed a lot over the years.  Good luck with your son becoming an Eagle Scout.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) over 9 years ago

Nor:  Thank you for your comments.  Eventually, these kids will realize what it means to be a productive member of society.

Jim:  It is amazing.  Not just the outdoors stuff, although that is in full swing as well.  It's wonderful to see.

Conrad:  Thank you!  It's great to watch him develop through these programs. 

Posted by Kathryn Acciari, Brand Ambassador and Business Coach (Century 21 Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Kathryn--Personally speaking, I did not learn about finances until it was later than I would have liked.  This should be taught from elementary school on up.  Good for the Boy Scouts!!

Posted by Pat Haddad, ABR, CRS, ePRO, GRI, Carmel, Fishers, Westfield IN Real Estate Expert (Keller Williams Indianapolis Metro NE) over 9 years ago

Pat:  Exactly.  It wasn't until I was working full-time at a company that had retirement benefits that I learned about these topics.  Much too late, in my opinion.

Posted by Kathryn Acciari, Brand Ambassador and Business Coach (Century 21 Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Dod not know that boy scouts are teached about finance, great concept!

Posted by Barbara Heil-Sonneck, Home Staging Atlanta (Design2Sell) over 9 years ago

Barbara:  Yes - it is impressive what the scouts do these days. 

Posted by Kathryn Acciari, Brand Ambassador and Business Coach (Century 21 Real Estate) over 9 years ago