To the Editor:

I would like to tell you about how Scouting is good for the community.

The Scouting program was developed more than 100 years ago in England by Lord Baden Powell. The foundation of the program was to give the youths life skills and a sense of purpose.

I have been in Scouting for more than seven years and during that time I've learned many life skills that I may not have been able to acquire on my own.

With the help of the adult leaders, my father being one of them, I've learned such things as how to survive outdoors, the importance of our ecosystem, personal health and finance, and communications skills (prompting this letter).

We've also learned about the importance of helping others, whether it's a family in need or a community-based organization.

Scouting can make a world of difference, such things as feeding the hungry, clothing the homeless, toy drives for needy children.

I could go on and on.

In closing, I would encourage those parents to be active in Scouting as well. The program can bring you closer to your children, and you might just learn something yourself.

James Coffey

Patrol leader

Boy Scout Troop 21

New Milford