Cheryl Smarkel

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About this Mom...

Cheryl has been very active in her children's lives. She was involved with her daughters as they participated in Rainbow Girls. When her son Michael went through Cub Scouts, then Boy Scouts, and earned his Eagle, Cheryl was right there to support and guide him. After helping with Michael's Scout journey, Cheryl started helping Scoutreach Scouts at summer camp. Now she has become Scoutmaster of Eagle Bay's first Girl Troop. She has gone to Sea Base for all kinds of training. She is a Unit Commissioner in Eagle Bay and Assistant District Commissioner in Scoutreach District. Cheryl loves helping youth learn and she has always been a super proponent of youth and adults with developmental or cognitive challenges.

What's It Like to Be a Scout Mom?

"Being a mother of a Scout is very rewarding in many ways. The biggest reward is seeing your child grow into a well rounded individual who lives by the Scout Oath and Law. By participating in outings, campouts, and treks as a family, my husband, daughters, and I had a lot of fun and made new friends. My daughter enjoyed scouting so much, she worked for many years for the council's summer camps. My husband took on several leadership roles. I remained active in my son's troop as a Committee Member. Recently, I started as Scoutmaster of a Girl Troop linked to my son's troop. Now I feel like I have even more children who will be able to reap the rewards of scouting! Once a scout mom, always a scout mom!"

What do you like most about being a Scout Mom?

"My favorite thing about being a Scout Mom is helping not only my son, but also other scouts develop skills and values to help them succeed and have fun in life. Now as Scoutmaster, I feel like 'Scout Mom' to a whole new group of youth! Seeing these scouts learn and grow like my son did, I know the future is bright!"

How has Scouting changed your relationship with your Scout?

"Scouting opened the door for us to find "common ground". Wether it was camping, fishing, or stargazing at the astronomy field we had a great time and learned a lot about each other."

What would you tell a mom asking for your advice about becoming a Scout Mom?

"DO IT! Scouting is a great way to have fun with your family, learn new skills, and learn more about your children as well as yourself."