To The Editor:
We sign our kids up for music and sports programs because we want to expand their horizons, meet new friends and improve their quality of life. The music lessons and sports will inspire and ultimately benefit the child throughout their life. The same thing holds true for Scouting. Scouting provides the laboratory to try out the lessons learned in school and family life. It helps to reinforce how important it is to work together to achieve projects and to make things happen. It provides a sense of connection with the community while strengthening family ties.
Scouting has been around in The Valley for at least 40 years, but it is at serious risk of continuing due, primarily to the lack of adult leadership. Quality programs need trained, enthusiastic, committed leaders. We have been very fortunate to have so many amazing parents of young children become trained leaders and in the process make a significant difference in not only the lives of their kids but many community girls and boys in the process. But to really make programs work, not only Scouting but music and sports as well, it is necessary to have adult volunteers from the community who are excited about helping kids feel like they have value and can make a difference.