The current economic downturn and challenges of raising a family in the 21st century has an impact on young boys. Family separations, divorces, a parent's loss of employment, and the transition from a boy to a young adult are faced by boys across America. I am proud to help many of those boys in Fairbanks, Alaska become productive citizens as adults. Being a Boy Scout Troop Scoutmaster provides me an opportunity to lend a hand, share an encouraging word, and yes, give necessary advice. It is a year-round volunteer position with many rewards.