My kids love to be outside. If the weather’s nice (and let’s be honest, even if it’s NOT so nice), my kiddos are ready to don their outdoor apparel and get their buns moving outside the house. And at this time of year, there’s nothing I love more than getting out in the yard, or going for a walk to the park, or chasing after whatever adventure my kiddos have on their mind.
But at this time of year, I’m also looking ahead to that span of months where it’s HARD to get outside. When we’re cooped up, constantly looking for new things to do, and places to go, just to keep the kids occupied.
Winter. Unfortunately (well, FORTUNATELY, given our winter business), it’s always on the mind for a Minnesotan, even when it’s not here.
Because of this, I’m always excited to check out fun places where my kids can let of some steam inside. Places that are fun for adults, too. And when those places happen to teach stronger leadership skills and self-confidence at the same time, I’m all about it.
Through the Northern Star Council (the Boy Scouts!) I learned about a really cool, LOCAL place that offers all of those things. It’s called Basecamp – and it’s an experiential leadership facility geared towards youth, but also made for adults.
Schools bring students. Teams bring coaches and captains. Companies bring entire teams. Families bring birthday parties. And those groups spend their time rock climbing, doing leadership and trust building activities, crossing ropes courses, doing archery (SHOOTING archery? I’m not sure how you phrase that one!) and more. Oh, and they have a LEGIT space station control center. If THAT’S not cool, I don’t know what is!
And mamas with younger kiddos, you’re not SOL: they offer fun preschool programs for kids ages 2-5. I’m excited to see what they have to offer for Ricky over winter break. I tried to get him into their bug camp over the summer, but we were unfortunately out of town – and he was so bummed to miss it! This time, I’ll do the whole thing a little better and get him signed up before I tell him about it 🙂
So, getting back to that whole self-confidence and leadership thing. And the foundation of why I found myself at Basecamp last Friday. The Boy Scouts.
While September is traditionally the time of year my mind starts pointing to winter (maybe that’s just because Rick’s business starts revolving around snow the second that summer starts passing through my fingers…), it’s also when we’re looking at engaging activities for our kiddos to participate in during the school year. For this mama, looking at fall and winter activities is first about what my kids are interested in, second what I can actually accommodate with my working mom schedule, and third about what’s going to help them learn new skills.
That’s why I LOVE the Boy Scouts. My kids are still a little young to join (Kindergarten is the earliest you should be considering scouting, according to their leadership team), but it’s 100% on our radar for when Ricky’s ready.
Want to know why? One, it’s a wholesome organization. Two, they teach real life skills, and help them make long-lasting friendships, something they don’t always gain out of kiddie sports leagues. Three, they like to have adventures – which is something my boys LIVE for.
If that sounds like something that your boys might be interested in, you’re in luck. This Thursday, September 22nd at 6 PM, you can go to your local elementary school (yes, any local elementary school) to learn about the programming, and see if it’s the right fit for your boys. They’ll have fun treats and prizes, and you can get your hands around what kind of experiences your kiddos can look forward to with scouting, as well as whether the program fits into your busy life.
Best of all, it will be FUN!
So if you’re ready to learn more, go ahead and check out heroscouts.org – Heros Start Here!
AND don’t forget to enter our AMAZING prize pack giveaway below, directly from the Boy Scouts store! It’s filled with super fun gear that every kid needs – boy OR girl!
This post was sponsored on behalf of the Northern Star Council and the Amplify Influencer Network. All thoughts and opinions are my own.