Families are the basis of society. It is in the family that a child learns at an early age about love,
values, social interactions, self-esteem, and preparation for today's world. Today's' family has
been targeted as vital to the future of our nation and our world.
The Boy Scouts of America has a deep interest in the strength of the family. Scouting's aim is to
develop boys, young men, and young women into participating citizens of good character who are
physically, spiritually, and mentally fit.
The BSA Family Award program includes a series of activities designed
to help strengthen all families--whether two-parent, single-parent, or
nontraditional. This program was designed to help families accomplish
worthy goals while building and strengthening relationships among family
members. All family members are encouraged to participate and may earn
To earn the award, a family must complete 10 activities within a 12-month
period. The family chooses one activity in two topics in each of the following
- Learning Through Fun and Adventure
- Strengthening Family Relationships
- Developing Personal Strengths
- Teaching Responsibility
- Handling Difficult Situations
When a family has completed these requirements, they are eligible to
receive an award certificate, patches for uniform wear, and/or pins for
The BSA Family Activity Book is the primary resource for the BSA Family
Award program. It is filled with suggested activities to enhance the
children's personal development and enrich and strengthen the family.
BSA Family Activity Book is divided into five categories that include
several topics of interest to families. Each topic contains suggested
activities for a family to do together. These activities could include
going on field trips; telling stories; doing arts and crafts projects;
playing games; participating in family discussions; or making lists,
charts, and scrapbooks.
Most of the ideas in the BSA Family Activity Book will be useful during
family meetings or gatherings. However, parents will also find ways to
incorporate them into daily life. Many ideas may be adapted for use
while riding in a car and during mealtimes, and may provide things to
occupy children when they say there is "nothing to do." In short,
parents may use the ideas and activities to meet their own family's
needs and interests.
Included with most topics are recommended
books for adults and children to read together. One can find these (or
other books) at a local public library. Adults and children may take
turns reading aloud. There are many wonderful books to help explain or
illustrate any topic the family explores.
The BSA Family Activity
Book is available at your local council service center or wherever
Scouting merchandise is sold. Visit www.scoutstuff.org to find a list of
Scouting retailers in your area.
The cost of the awards at the time of this posting is $2.49 each.