What can a second grade scout religious award teach a parent about faith? Much if you’re listening.
I am not my son’s cub scout den leader but offered to help organize the religious award to take one thing off the leader’s plate. I was familiar with our diocese process after having worked with my girls on their Family of God religious award as Brownies. At that time, I looked at the work through the eyes of a leader herding scouts through the process, not as a mom guiding her daughter in her faith. I think that’s one fallback of mom being a troop leader.
This time has been different. We have four Cub Scouts working on their Light of Christ award. It’s very much a parent and child process, working through the workbook. But we did get together with our priest to learn about the sanctuary at our church from his perspective.
And while the mom in me cringed at the moments where the boys would explore on their own in the way only 7 and 8 year old boys can or interject with 10 loudly stated questions, it wasn’t until when I returned home and two things happened.
My priest’s response when I posted some pictures on Facebook? “What angels!” And I realized that maybe he wasn’t kidding. That despite the worries of a mom, those boys were captured and interested in learning more about their Catholic faith.
And then I sat down with my son to complete the related portions of his workbook. And as we talked I saw he learned. Maybe not in the way mom wished he would, with the quiet attentiveness that he displays at school, but in his own messy way. And for that, I’m grateful.
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