Jared seems to have a love/hate relationship with Cub Scouts. Some days when he gets home, it is all he can do to hold back the tears. Others he it excited about the fun time he has had.
Last week when he came home crying and told me that he "didn't like it and wished he could stay home", I told him that I would be fine with him not going. I also said that scouts was supposed to be a fun experience and if he didn't want to go, he didn't have to. After thinking it over, he decided he would like to keep going.
The thing is they do fun things like decorate valentine cakes and make First Aid kits. He really likes that activities they do.
The problem Jared has is they always play basketball. Jared isn't very good at basketball and when asked about it he will tell you he doesn't like basketball because he is too short. Because Jared isn't very good at basketball, the other boys don't pass him the ball and he inevitable feels left out.
I bought a basketball the other day for him to take to scouts. He practiced shooting hoops and came home in a much better mood. He told me that he still doesn't like playing basketball but at least he doesn't have to ask the other boys if he can use their ball.
I told him that he could just call me when the other boys start playing basketball and I would be happy to come and pick him up. Jared said this might embarrass him.
I also told Jared that, for the rest of his life, whenever he goes to scouts they will be playing basketball. It just seems to be part of scouts.