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9/21/2017 2:51:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Developing Young Leaders Throughout Our Community - Scouting Is Good For Life

By Cheng Lee

Troop 60 at Yellowstone National Park
Troop 60 at Many Point Scout Camp
Since the creation of Silver Maple District in 2000, the effort to grow and better serve Asian-American families has continued to be a focus for the Northern Star Council BSA. Like traditional Scouting, Silver Maple District encompasses three programs that serve youth. The Cub Scout program is for boys from K to 5th grade. Cub Scouts learn basic life skills such as helping their parents, citizenship and good decision-making. Boys ages 11 to 17 are in the Boy Scout program, which involves camping, earning awards and developing leadership skills. Lastly, Silver Maple has a program for teenage youth, serving both boys and girls ages 14 to 20, in a leadership and activity program called Venturing.

A good example of Scout programming is Hmong Boy Scout Troop 60 chartered to Hope Community Academy.

The leaders have been working hard to ensure their Scouts attain the highest honor in Scouting - the Eagle Scout Rank. It requires completion of 21 merit badges, holding leadership positions in the troop and an extensive service project to benefit the community.

Souriyahn Moua completed his Eagle project over the Labor Day weekend at Twin Cities Academy building garden compost bins. Four other Scouts are currently getting their Eagle projects approved. Toua Chang is currently working on his Eagle project doing a garden restoration project for Johnson High School and will be done by the end of September.

TouCag Xiong is another Scout from Troop 60 who talks about his opportunities, "For me, Scouting means opportunity. Opportunity to grow exponentially, thrive, and achieve greatness that'll nurture the minds and bodies of young boys." Troop 60 Scouts have had many such opportunities to travel, grow and develop skills, including taking the Scout Van on a 9-day road trip to Yellowstone National Park and visiting Mount Rushmore along the way. In addition, Troop 60 Scouts recently spent a week at Many Point Scout Camp located in Ponsford, Minnesota where they canoed, fished, snorkeled, climbed towers, learned how to cook and obtained first-aid skills.

Dan Yang has been a Scout leader for over six years serving Troop and Pack 60 from Hope Community Academy. "Scouting is important to me because it has given me a chance to give back to my community by working with Hmong youth throughout the Twin Cities. I've seen it as a great opportunity for youth to explore, to learn, and to become leaders. I continue my work with Scouting to this day because of the growth and leadership development I've seen in many of the youth over the years, which is what I have found most rewarding about what I do," Yang says.

How To Join Scouting

To start their own Scouting adventure, boys in grades K - 5 are invited to School Night to Join Scouting on Tuesday, September 19 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. at all elementary schools. Leaders will welcome new members with registration materials program calendars and joining gifts. The gifts reflect Scouting's 2017 campaign theme "Heroes Start Here" with Glow-in-the-Dark "Superhero Shields (Frisbees) and T-Shirts for all new members. A Cub Scout membership costs $32 per year, but all boys can join regardless of their ability to pay.

For families who cannot attend or wish to join right away, they can simply visit www.HeroScouts.org to register online, with joining gifts presented at their first Scout meeting.

Cub Scouts participate in a variety of indoor and outdoor activities designed to help them gain confidence, increase social skills and develop their capacity for leadership - all while having fun and serving their community. A "hero" is defined as "a person admired for bravery, great achievements, or good qualities." Scouting helps boys attain all three. Heroes start here. Attend School Night for Scouting September 19!

Those interested in learning more about Scouting can also call Cheng Lee at 651-254-9129 or Bernice Prigge Rodriguez at 651-254-9125.




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