About this Mom...
Gina Lopez has been involved in her son's scouting experience ever since he joined Cub Scouts. She encouraged him to join and has helped him stay involved in Scouting for the last eight years. According to her son Raymond, "She has been my biggest encouragement to my path to Eagle. She attended all of my meetings and outings as a Cub Scout and became a leader when I crossed over to Boy Scouts and has been at almost every meeting, drives for the outings, and has attended every week long summer camp since I joined Boy Scouts." Gina's community involvements goes beyond Scouting. "She demonstrates her leadership through her role as a Boy Scout leader, merit badge counselor, church community member, mother, veterinarian, as well as a Board member of a k-12 school, The Ohio Virtual Academy,"added Raymond. Congratulations, Gina! We're proud to call you a Scout Mom!
What's it like to Be a Scout Mom?
"Being a Scout Mom has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my "mom" life. While it may add to the hectic family schedule that every family already has, it is so rewarding to be able to share in my son's life, and to see him grow and mature through everything that he learns and experiences in Scouts. It is not only the relationship with my son, but with the other scouts that makes it even more rewarding. I get to see a whole generation of boys as they embark on their journey of life."
What do you like most about being a Scout Mom?
"What I like most about being a Scout Mom is the closeness that has developed over the years with my son. I think that sometimes boys gravitate toward their dads and they think that mom is just the person who cooks, cleans, and puts a band-aid on their "boo boos." Many times, the mom is looked at as the more fragile one or someone who can't get her hands dirty. I have found out that man or woman, it is such a wonderful thing to be out in the open air, listen to the birds, and get dirty. I never camped when I was a child. So, this was a new thing for me. On our first full week of summer camp, we were both nervous, but it was so great to be out in nature and not depend on the modern day "necessities." We have gone to every summer camp ever since and it has brought us closer together."
How has Scouting changed your relationship with your son?
"Scouting has allowed me and my son to get quality one on one time, away from the annoyance of modern day electronics like the internet, social media, and video games. I do have 3 children, Christina, Kaylee, and Ray. At home I am mom to all 3 and things can get hectic, especially since I school Ray and Kaylee at home. I am a Boy Scout Leader, a School Board member, a veterinarian, and a single mom, so there is rarely time for relaxation. But with Scouting, we can get away from all of that, pitch a tent, and just listen to the birds together, watch the flames in a campfire, and have a quality conversation. It has really shown us how to slow down and experience the peacefulness that I think today's society is lacking."
What would you tell a mom asking for your advice about becoming a Scout Mom?
"If you are contemplating becoming a Scout Mom, just do it! Don't worry if you have never camped before. Don't worry if you don't know how to tie a knot. Don't worry that you'll be the only woman leader among all men leaders in your troop. Put all your worries in a bag and throw them away. You CAN do it, and you and your son will be better off for it. You only get one chance to spend childhood with your son, and instead of just watching him come and go from school, from Scouts, from sports, and then everyone sits down either in front of the TV, computer, or video game console, get out there with him and LIVE life, spend time in NATURE, and BE so close and connected to him that you will never regret missing out on making some really great and meaningful memories that will make him into a great man someday."