I see this is a very old thread, but I don't know where else to say hello to other Baptists.
I am a Canadian Baptist, which is definitely another flavour. With the "u". My parents were forced by my grandmother to send me to church, and the Baptist church across the alley was the easiest way to fulfill this. So for three years aged 6-8, I got stars for memory verses, learned the Lord's Prayer, the 23rd Psalm and hundreds of Bible stories. I also sang in the children's choir and learned lots of hymns.
Sadly we moved away. I got sent to an apostate Protestant church for a few years, then got dragged to the Unitarian Church. By age 12, I was reading KJV on my own, and memorizing Psalms. It did not last with no support and I drifted into the New Age Movement.
God finally saved me at age 26 during a revival, and I went to various churches, until I got fed up and started looking for some decent doctrine. God called me to Seminary. I was in a Canadian Southern Baptist Church so I went to their Seminary. It was totally awesome. I learned so much of the Bible, ministry tools and the original languages. And what I really believed as far as doctrine.
I also learned what I didn't agree with in the SBC, as our professors were required to sign the 2000 Faith and Message Statement, and when the pastor of the small church I was attending became a domineering dictator, I left for another Baptist denomination. The elders and deacons there were just horrific. If they didn't think of it, it wasn't from God. And nepotism! So when we moved, I finally found the right Baptist church and denomination for me. Another student had recommended it to me.
I'm very happy with the prerogatives of being a Baptist. I would love to see more outreach to children, which is what gave me such a grounding as a young child. But sadly, parents don't send their kids across the street or alley at age 6 or 7 these days!