Scouting fills a very important aspect of a boy’s life. It teaches a young boy skills and life lessons that aren’t taught in school. Here in Troop 309 a scout learns very important skills in order to advance in rank within the troop. Such skills as knot tying, first aid, knife and fire safety, and camping skills are learned through scouting.These skills might not be as useful in daily life as they were when the Boy Scouts of America were started in the early 20th century by Sir Baden Powell, but scouting in general can help a scout develop important characteristics found within the Scout Law. The Scout Law states, “A scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent”. Every one of these adjectives is a skill learned while a boy is in scouting and here in Troop 309 we make sure that the scouts learn these skills. We do this with the hope that each scout will carry these life lessons from our troop into the real world.