I really like the Free-Range Kids blog by Lenore Skenazy. Today she had a really good guest post called "Take Your Eyes off Your Kids." One of the comments summed it up perfectly: Don't prepare the path for your child, prepare your child for the path." Fits perfectly with what Scouting is all about: building confident, independent, responsible, well-adjusted adults. Do that by training them, (actually, they should train one another), then let 'em have at it.