Lori and Reynaldo Martinez. (Ilissa Gilmore Photo)
Instead of picking up a football or baseball, Dr. Reynaldo Martinez and his wife Lori encouraged their sons to pick up skills for life as Boy Scouts.
Joseph, 15, and Lucas, 13, both started as Tiger Cubs in first grade and have continued through the years, achieving various ranks and merit badges along the way. Reynaldo, 55, and Lori, 51, have been as actively involved and now serve as Scout master and committee chair, respectively, for Troop 149.
As such, they enrich the lives of middle- and high school-aged young men with fun and educational experiences, such as camping, welding, rock climbing and archery. Not only do the boys learn wilderness survival tactics, such as how to start a fire without matches, to hunt, trap and build shelter, Reynaldo and Lori said they also learn about life skills, such as financial management, personal fitness and citizenship.
“You don’t learn that from video games,” Reynaldo said.
Under their leadership, six of the boys in their troop — including Joseph — recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank a scout can attain in the organization. It’s an honor a boy holds for a lifetime and nationally, Lori said only two percent of Scouts achieve the Eagle rank.
The boys achieved the rank of Eagle in 2012, which also Login to read more