Boy Scouts of America {& State Fair Ropes Course!}


This post is sponsored by the Northern Star Council through the Amplify Influencer Network. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

boy scouts of america at the minnesota state fair 2016

Yesterday we braved the crowds and headed to the Minnesota State Fair. I’d never been there on the first day before, and either had my husband, but we figured there was only one way to find out how the crowds are – we had to see for ourselves. Welp, we found out apparently a lot of people go on the first day of the fair. Good to know! In either case, we still enjoyed every second of it!

Our very first stop of the day (okay, restrooms excluded) was the Boy Scouts of America booth. They have an amazing ropes course (for FREE) that kids can conquer. If you missed it, I streamed a live video on Facebook while I was there and it is even more fun to see the ropes course live there! The kids were having an absolute blast and it was really fun to see them tackle the adventure – I’m sure most of them have never done anything like that before!

boy scouts ropes course

The ropes course was just a glimpse into what the Boy Scouts are all about. I never knew much about the program growing up, but now that I’m a parent, I get excited when I hear about different programs that get kids involved in a bigger purpose. The scouts focus on adventure, leadership, learning and service. These are all core areas that I think kids definitely need to participate in to grow with character and gain necessary life skills.

The volunteers at the booth were super helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. They approached me and wanted to know more about my child – that is always a great feeling, to know that they are going to care about my child and help build them to greatness! And as they talked to me, I realized there was so much more to their program than I had initially thought. Here I had the impression that they just did camping trips and learned how to make fires without matches… (don’t judge me) but here I found out they take rock climbing trips, visit museums and art galleries, go camping and hiking (see, I was sort of right), do Pinewood derbies, rocket launches, archery, and lots more. I even learned they have a program at historic Fort Snelling called Base Camp which once a month, hosts kids ages 2-5 in fun activities! It’s actually open to the community otherwise for ropes courses, rock climbing, and more.

Overall I can honestly say I learned a lot about the Boy Scouts that day, and the ropes course was just an added bonus! If you are planning on going to the Minnesota State Fair this year, stop by the Northeast corner of Cooper and Randall and check out their booth. The kids will thank you, and come on – it’s free!

And on a side note, if you’re interested in learning more about Boy Scouts, on September 22nd, they will be having their back-to-school event which is a great opportunity for parents to talk to someone from the Boy Scouts and find out how to get involved! They will be at every elementary school in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin from 6-7pm to talk to anyone who wants more information.

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