On May 14th we cel­e­brate Mother’s Day in the Unit­ed States. Moth­ers have a very sup­port­ive role in Scout­ing, and we cel­e­brate each and every one of the won­der­ful moms who have stood beside the boys in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts.

Our Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts love their moms, and they should. Their moth­ers, when able, have been involved in every Cub activ­i­ty. By the time they are Boy Scouts, the mother’s role changes to that of a prime advo­cate for mov­ing her Scout onward and upward.

Scouts usu­al­ly do some­thing nice for their moms on their spe­cial day. This doesn’t have to involve some­thing expen­sive, but it should show how much they care. My favorite Mother’s Day card was hand­made and said, “Moth­ers are for lov­ing and mak­ing pur­ple birth­day cakes.” I still have that framed. It is the thought that counts. But let’s not for­get to do some­thing. Be pre­pared. Check out the­se 5 Crafty Cub Gift Ideas

Now, a touch of real­i­ty. I was a sin­gle mom. I worked full time and com­mut­ed an hour each way. That didn’t leave me much time for Scout­ing activ­i­ties. So let’s think about a short note of thanks to sur­ro­gate moth­ers who gave you rides, remem­bered your snacks, and cheered you on when your own moth­er couldn’t be there. It sure could bright­en someone’s day. 

We also shouldn’t for­get the many wom­en who vol­un­teer for BSA, as well as those in paid posi­tions who some­how touched your lives. A sim­ple thank you should suf­fice as a reminder that you remem­ber them and the part they played in your Scout­ing life.

So, hap­py Mother’s Day to all of you. BSA loves you! 

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Joyce Olesen
is a grandmother, mother, and daughter of Scouters. She love kids, camping, country music and sport cars. Her Dad was a Scout leader in Chicago in the early 1920’s and having only daughters did not bolster his Scouting hopes. As his "Scout" she was tying regulation knots by the time she was 7.

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