To quote the nursery rhyme, “how does your garden grow?” Some families have wonderful vegetable gardens, others have beautifully landscaped lawns and some have fabulous window boxes full of fragrant flowers.
Use the summer gardening season to introduce your Cub Scout to gardening in some fashion. Whether you're doing landscaping in your yard or planting a vegetable garden, gardening can provide many benefits to children. To list a few, here are some of the benefits:
- Exercise – Every parent I know is looking for ways to get their kids outside and exercising more. Gardening can help!
- Family Time – When you garden with your son, you are spending some great quality time with him.
- Science Lessons – Use your gardening experience to teach kids about plants and how they grow. The life cycle of a plant makes a great start.
- Better Self Esteem – As your child watches his plant grown from a seed into a beautiful flower or vegetable, he gains a sense of pride in what he's accomplished.
- Increased Patience – Kids will have to be patient as their plants grow.
Remember that in addition to all of the great benefits that gardening provides, your son earns credit for Cub Scout activities too. Here's a list for you:
Tiger Adventure – Backyard Jungle 3: Be helpful to plants and animals by planting a tree or other plant in your neighborhood.
Wolf Elective Adventure – Grow Something 1: Select a seed, and plant it in a small container. Care for it for 30 days. Take a picture or make a drawing of your plant once each week to share with your den.
Bear Adventure – Fur, Feathers, and Ferns 7: Plant a vegetable or herb garden.
Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure – Into the Woods 5: Develop a plan to care for and then plant at least one plant or tree, either indoors in a pot or outdoors. Tell how this plant or tree helps the environment in which it is planted and what the plant or tree will be used for.
Whether you live in an apartment or on a farm, your son can enjoy all of the benefits of gardening and earn Cub Scout credit at the same time.
Yours in Scouting,
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