It’s almost hard to remember our lives back when we were Cubs (or a young girl, in my case)—our priorities, our views, our hopes. We were different, weren’t we?

Somehow we had the energy to dart around constantly, hardly wishing to sit still. We’d run, cartwheel, build, and destroy too. We’d take footsteps all over everything. 

I remember speculating with my other young relatives about adulthood. How could a grown up possibly want to sit still and chat at a party? How dull and boring it seemed! Yet, eventually I got there.  It’s very easy to want to sit when you are seven months pregnant.

With young boys so frequently on the move, how do we know they are moving in the right direction?

We want them to seek out good truths. They may destroy things now, but we don’t want them to destroy while as adults. We want them to build up the world around them.

How do we teach them to follow a good path? Whether that path be toward Allah, Heavenly Father, Buddha, or a spiritual force, there are proper steps to take to acquire decency and good nature. Boys must learn a reverence towards each other and their creator. 

It’s essential. If they do not know why to do good things, then why would they do them? God gives them a purpose higher than themselves. 

In Cub Scouting, the Duty to God Footsteps is a short add on program to learn devotion to God (definitely not a replacement for church or home). This program allows opportunities for youth to practice devotion. 

They’ll visit religious sites, pray with others, and learn a song about reverence among other things. A Scouter Mom provides great resources for proceeding forward with this program like song and prayer ideas

According to the BSA, the first meeting will  “be an outing to a religious monument or reverential historic site (requirement 1a). Scouts may complete the outing with their families or with their dens.” 

In the second meeting, boys will craft or cast footprints and report on how they fulfilled the second requirement

Learn more about the program here

It may be just a few meetings, but it’s a small opportunity. It’s a chance to teach boys about God. 

Boys step all over everything. They run, play, kick, jump. But, where will their steps lead them in 20 years? Hopefully, they’ll be on a path lead by reverence towards God and those around them. 

Michelle Carpenter
is a reporter for the Voice of Scouting and a marketing associate for The Utah National Parks Council. Her father, husband, and brother are all Eagle Scouts, so she firmly believes some of the best men did Scouting.

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