ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury Scoutmaster Bob Williams has written a personal essay explaining why he thinks parents of boys in Roxbury should consider bringing them, and their friends, to a Scouting open house taking place next week.

In the column, Williams says he can often point out adults who were Scouts, asserting "you can tell the difference between someone who has been in scouting and someone who has not."

From Williams' perspective, Scouting is much more than just a way to have boys involved in outdoor activities. He says it's a powerful way of building character.

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"As a lifelong member of The Boy Scouts of America, I can testify to the amazing program of Cub Scouting and the positive impact that it can have on your son," writes Williams. "The long term goal is to help him become a fully functioning independent human being. But in the short term the Cub Scout program will help him become more social, outgoing and respectful in a group setting. He will become more confident and gradually more independent in his thinking and in his actions.

The open house will be May 2 at 6 p.m. at the Redeemer Church on Eyland Avenue. For more information please go to www.njpack159.org or call 973-479-1448.