Beyond making new friends and finding adventure, the girls are also growing in their personal development. And those changes are not going unnoticed by their leaders and parents. Scoutmaster Anthony has seen a positive change not only in his daughter, Bianca, but in all the girls.
Jose Cabalfin, assistant scoutmaster and father of three Troop 290 Scouts, says his daughter is like a different person. “For the last few years, I’ve been trying to get Emilyn to be more responsible and to be a leader. After this first year in Scouts BSA, she is using the language I’ve been trying to teach her. She’s showing more confidence and taking more initiative,” he said.
Liz Strik, mom of two Troop 290 Scouts and also an assistant Scoutmaster, saw how the Cubs Scouts program taught her son how to be a good friend, how to be loyal, how to cooperate with others and work together to achieve a goal. “I was jealous in a way that my daughter didn’t have that same experience, which is why having her participate in Scouts BSA now is so important to me,” she said.