About this Mom...
Denise started scouting as a Tiger Mom, not really sure what would be happening, but she stepped up, supporting her sons, first Robert then Michael through their Scouting advancement. We were lucky enough to have them join our Troop, and Denise is always there to lend a hand or an ear. She goes on almost all of our outings and activities, especially the camping. This year she even stepped up to come to summer camp as an adult leader. She is always smiling, encouraging and supporting all of my Troop, not just her sons. She readily volunteers her time to help us all advance. With her and our other parents behind us, we will all achieve our advancement goals and she deserves the recognition!!
What's It Like to Be a Scout Mom?
"Both of my sons started Scouting as Tigers, and I served as a volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America for the past 10 years, first as a den mother, then cub master, and now as chair of Deshler Cub Scout Pack 68, and as advancement chair and adult quarter master for BSA Troop 357, Custar. We’re a “Scouting First” family, and I have found Scouting to be well deserving of our allegiance. The program has helped me to raise strong, capable and principled boys, and we’ve had so much fun along the way. I really put sometime into deciding what we would invest our time in as a family, and I can tell you, I still believe there is no other youth activity that would have offered my sons more benefit in their futures. It can be a lot of work, but as with most things in life, you only get what you’re willing to put into it."
What do you like most about being a Scout mom?
"My favorite thing about being a Scout mom is being able to serve my community, and to do that work as a family. Both of my boys are teenagers now. My oldest son, Robert, 15, is a Life Scout, and beginning work on his Eagle project. My youngest son, Michael, 13, is a First Class Scout. I jokingly tell my sons that I’ll have two Eagles, or I’ll have feathers, only they know I mean it."
How has Scouting changed your relationship with your son?
"My sons have been raised Scouts, so it’s hard to say what our time together what have been like otherwise. It’s still cool to hang out with Mom, and with teenage boys that’s gold."
What would you tell a mom asking for your advice about becoming a Scout mom?
"Jump in, feet first – and have fun. It’s work, but it’s worth it."