James Leight, father of Christian Leight, 13, of Boy Scout Troop 258, supervises Feb. 15 as his son and other Boy Scouts cook cakes and cookies on propane tank stoves and charcoal pits in Copperas Cove City Park.

James Leight is a Scoutmaster and father of four boys, two of whom are in the Boy Scouts in Cove.

His boys range from age 13 to 20 and it hasn’t always been easy raising them.

“Through the Scouts I’ve been able to reach my youngest son especially,” he said. “We’ve learned together as we went along on long camping trips. We spent a lot of time crawling out of tents in 20-degree weather before coming here.”

A retired Fort Hood sergeant, Leight served in the Army for 8½ years before settling in Cove.

“The bond we found in the Boy Scouts has helped in many ways,” Leight said. “There’s nothing we can’t talk about, me and Christian. We’ve struggled and accomplished and achieved together. It has helped me get along better with all my sons.”

Leight said boys usually learn by how they’re raised, and many learn to scream at each other. But not so with the Boy Scouts.

“They learn a different way to be and how to figure out problems and find answers,” he said.

Christian Leight, 13, said he enjoys Scouts for several reasons.

“I like the Scouts because we help out in the community and learn survival skills and how to start a simple fire,” he said. “But at home, it’s helped me learn to get along with my brother (Anthony). We’ve learned to get along as we figured out how to cook together, and I learned to cook in the Scouts.”

His 15-year-old brother, Anthony Rodriguez, is in the Scouts’ Adventure Crew.

“In all, I learned to talk to my brother and I can share anything with my dad,” he said. “It has brought us closer.”

Christian recently earned his merit badge for citizenship in the community and for cooking.

“Stuff like that has helped me relate to them better,” James Leight said.

Corinne Lincoln-Pinheiro | Herald

A journalist by trade, Corinne has written for both the military and civilian populations. She has a Master's in Writing and Bachelor's in English. She is also a military spouse and her family is currently stationed at Fort Hood.

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