Looking for a scouting alternative?
Are you looking for scouting alternatives to the traditional Girl and Boy Scouts? After a few years of being active in a Girl Scout troop, we chose to find a scouting alternative due to time and volunteering constraints. There was also too much political and social drama with the two major scouting groups. Lastly, I don’t like my child having to sell tings. I would honestly rather write a check for our family’s portion of activity costs.
When researching the various scouting groups, I found that there was a wide variety of troops available. However, not all types of scouts were in our area, nor did all the scouting troops mesh with our beliefs. There were a surprising number of Christian denomination specific scouting groups. You can find a somewhat complete list of alternatives for boys, here. So we began discussing whether or not I would be interested, or had the time and desire, to start up a new troop so that our children could join. Otherwise, we would have a solid 45 minute drive each way to one of the top contenders on our short list, American Heritage Girls, for our daughter.
After much debate, we settled on the Little Flowers Girls’ Club for our daughter, and the Blue Knights Boys’ Club for our son. Both are in keeping with our Catholic faith, and are locally available, within a short driving distance. We are also friends with the leaders, so I don’t have any worries on that account. One of our concerns was that the children wouldn’t have access to the group camp outs that are typical in the Girl and Boy Scouts, however, we quickly realized that we could invite all of our friends to do a camp out. We also go camping as a family and can teach the children necessary survival skills. In addition, we can easily revisit the “scouting issue” in future years when the children complete the clubs’ programs.