Friday, June 21, 2013

Volunteering Does Make a Difference In The Lives Of Our Kids

OK~ Our youngest has now been out of high school a couple weeks and I have had time to reflect on what happened through all of those years. Due to the fact that God blessed me with two wonderful boys, I quickly had to learn to rough it now and then. Thankfully, I have never been considered a real girly person! Growing up, I was the girl climbing the tree, playing kickball, and digging in the dirt.

All of the volunteering fun began when our oldest was in Pre-School. The annual Halloween party came around and a friend and I offered to help out. We rented Raggedy Ann and Andy Costumes. The funny thing about it, is that our kids look at that picture today and say, "Who is that?" How the times have changed!

I became very frustrated early on with the school scene. I quickly learned  that the way to know what was going on,  was simply to get involved. Instead of continuing to fret about not knowing, I found out when the next PTO meeting was and stayed on board for the next 17 years! The best way to know what is going on in your child's school is really to get involved. Find your niché, as there is a place for everyone. Maybe you are not able to attend a monthly meeting, but you are able to make a few phone calls for chaperones for a school activity- I have never bought the words "I can't do that." There is seriously something for everyone. Trust me, the so called smaller contributions are often the most important!

The year I came home from Cub Scout Camp as a Certified BB Gun instructor for the Boy Scouts of America shocked me, as well as my husband. The next week I found myself instructing at a local Day Camp. Wow, for a Mom who didn't like guns; I sure learned to embrace them fast. Cub Scout Camp is one of the few places left in our society where boys can be boys. Knowing that several boys attended Cub Scout Camp to have the opportunity to shoot a bb gun, pushed me over the threshold to become trained.

Ah yes, and then all those nights tenting it in the heat of summer with the Cub Scouts/Boy Scouts on several camp outs. There was rain, wind, heat, and a lot of muggy nights! And you know what? I don't regret any of it. If you ever have the experience to accompany scouts on a camp out, I highly recommend you give it a try. It's a great way to get to know the kids that your kids are associating with and it's a fun way to experience the great outdoors.

Volunteers Getting Ready To Work a Day at a National Trapshooting Meet : Fund Raising Event for the Mohawk Trapshooting Team
The next time someone calls you and asks you to become involved, consider how you can make your contribution. The best way to know what's going on, is to step up to the plate and experience it for yourself. I do not regret the 20+ years of teaching Sunday School, the 10+ years in Scouting (3 of those as a Cub Master), or those 17 years involved in the PTO. Our kids need volunteers and they will appreciate your involvement in their lives. Ummmm- Wonder where my next years of volunteering will be spent, any guesses? After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

1 comment:

  1. I'm sure you'll find something to keep busy with Sara! I love to volunteer and think of it as one of my many roles in life. Right now though I have had to take a step back from some volunteering roles as family obligations have increased (by two feet and two hands specifically), but I know my volunteering life will always be modifying and changing and that I'll never be able to quit!


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