We just got back from our second “pack” meeting of the Boy Scouts. Cub scouts, I guess. My youngest is a Tiger, the oldest is a Webelo, which maybe that means something to some of you. What it means to me is that my kids are going to learn some classic time-tested values that never go out of style. Like to be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. And of course, their mom and I try to instill these same values in the kids, but I think it is very helpful when you have a whole group of folks who are re-enforcing that, both kids and adults. Because it’s a crazy mixed up world out there right now. I heard the other day that like 85% of junior high kids vape on a regular basis. And I have no idea how true that is, but I hear it’s rampant. And I just want my kids to be hanging out with other kids who espouse these kinds of traditional values. Not that I’m that traditional of a person, or the pack leader for that matter. Yeah we had a den meeting up at his house last weekend, and there on the walls were all kinds of Grateful Dead posters and Dead & Company stuff, Phish posters etc. – so obviously he is not a super traditional guy par se – or is he? I mean the Grateful Dead sang basically quintessentially American songs about life, and by modern standards, they are downright traditional. Anyhow, I’m pretty excited for my kids to be in the scouts, even though I never was. I think it will be a good foundation for them in life. I hope so anyway. Time will tell!
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