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Old 09-19-2014, 10:13 AM   #131
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Last night (2nd Den meeting) introduced the Cub Scout Promise - I (say your name) promise to do my best, to do my duty...
I, say your name, promise to do my best...

(For a short time I had all of the scouts named Bob.)

This is so much fun!

Anyone else out there interested, it is a great opportunity for your kids, your relatives kids or just the kids next door. Scouting is experiencing low numbers due to sports. I truly believe life lessons and character building that you get with scouting helps enhance a child's whole life, including their experience in sports.

I had a high school intern that worked for me who completed his Eagle Scout while at our company. A few years later (after college) he was my boss... and great to work for!

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Old 09-20-2014, 07:47 AM   #132
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BSA Troop 343 sponsored by the McCuller's Ruritan Club in Wake County, NC, 1965-69. We had three great adult leaders in Mr. King, Mr. Hines and Mr. Fish. As the sponsor's name implies, we were in a very rural area at that time. Not so much now though. All of us were from the countryside with many boys from local farm families, so we had plenty of nearby woods with farm ponds on which to camp.

The best summer I ever had was in 1968 when I was on the staff at the original Camp Durant that was north of Raleigh. It is now a city park but then was way out in the country.

My scouting days are very pleasant memories of many fun times.
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Old 09-20-2014, 04:01 PM   #133
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NC Reamer something else we have in common besides the 31FK! I missed eagle by my project turned 18... I was also order of the arrow...great memories...I have an old handbook somewhere that still smells of the brandy that a jeep crushed in my dad's backpack in 1977! counseled in summer camp at camp Turrell cuddebackville NY near port Jervis...great camping neck of the woods
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Old 09-20-2014, 04:03 PM   #134
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Sorry for spell check oops! "Roamer"...proud to have made it to Life Scout
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Old 09-20-2014, 05:16 PM   #135
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Was an Indian Guide http://yguides.ymcatriangle.org/about-us/history in the late 40s in St Louis Co., Mo. Cub Scout And Boy Scout in The 50s in Jefferson Co., Mo. Dad was my Scout leader and continued leading the troop while my 5 younger brothers were active during the 50s and 60s. I think he got involved again after he retired.
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Old 10-02-2014, 06:08 AM   #136
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I started as a "leader in training" at 17 with 1st Aurora Pack. Later I became a Scout leader, also for 1st Aurora. Then 1st Aurora collapsed because we couldn't get enough leaders and I moved to 2nd Aurora who were also short. It's been 26 years since I started and the situation is only getting worse. I'm currently our only Cub leader, with temporary help from other leaders so that we have at least two at meetings, but it isn't sustainable without more volunteers.

I've been an avid camper since high school and my wife wanted to join me but also wanted her own washroom. So last year we bought our first travel trailer used, and we've been fixing it ever since. I think it'll be ready to really use for next summer, and we're looking forward to that!
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Old 10-02-2014, 01:24 PM   #137
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^^^It is getting more difficult then ever to get parents and volunteers involved in Scouting. And without them it just will not work. Many units are facing this dilemma.
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Old 10-02-2014, 01:39 PM   #138
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^^^It is getting more difficult then ever to get parents and volunteers involved in Scouting. And without them it just will not work. Many units are facing this dilemma.
Very true. I remember when I was signing my son up for Webelos, I had the leader walk up to me, not knowing me or me him, and said he needed an Assistant. I said I didn't know and he handed me an application and told me to fill it out so they could do the background, etc. and he didn't seem like he was going to take no for an answer. Best decision I ever made was to volunteer. I remembered my dad was Scoutmaster for many years and what it meant to me back then. Please consider getting involved in your kids future. It is very rewarding.
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Very true. I remember when I was signing my son up for Webelos, I had the leader walk up to me, not knowing me or me him, and said he needed an Assistant. I said I didn't know and he handed me an application and told me to fill it out so they could do the background, etc. and he didn't seem like he was going to take no for an answer. Best decision I ever made was to volunteer. I remembered my dad was Scoutmaster for many years and what it meant to me back then. Please consider getting involved in your kids future. It is very rewarding.
I find this is happening not only with Scouts, but with nearly all community activities. There is a real attitude of "someone else will do it." My wife and I were Girl Scout troop leaders for many years (we had daughters, no sons) and many of the leaders were older women who's daughters were long grown. Same with Boy Scouts. When I was in a troop (and made Eagle Scout) the Scoutmaster had a kid in the troop. My Dad was the troop chairman/institutional representative. Other scouts dads were also involved. Twenty years later, the troop was still going, but the leaders were mostly the same. Now elderly men, but couldn't get any young dads involved.

I see this happening in Church committees, other fundraisers, etc. It is a sad commentary on where our country's culture is going. Somehow people have lost track of the fact that it is in service to others that our lives become meaningful.
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Our troop is very fortunate to have a great group of adults to help out. We have always managed to maintain a great retention level with most scouts aging out on their 18th birthday. The best thing is that several of these turn in an adult application and continue to help out when they can during their college years and after. You really need these young leaders, especially to help out on the backpacking trips!

It is very rewarding to be an adult leader in scouting. Every time I present an Eagle Rank I always remember to thank the scout for allowing me to be a part of "their" troop.
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