Re: Arrow of Light, etc.
Sue Neilson (SNEILSN@AUVM.BITNET)
Thu, 23 Apr 1992 14:00:47 EDT
Congrats to you and your den! All that hard work really paid off for you
and them. Sounds like you've done a great job and had fun along the way.
And fun is one of the purposes of scouting.
I can really appreciate your feelings at the ceremony as I remember how big
the lump in my throat was at the cross-over of my son (now 14, almost-Life, and
recently elected to the OA) and our other Webelos most of whom I'd been in
scouting with since tiger cubs. Talk about mixed emotions! So much pride and
happiness and excitement in seeing the boys grow, succeed, and move on to new
challenges but yet much sadness (especially for myself) to leave all our good
times together behind.
But there was/is no need for sadness. You can get involved with a BSA
troop. When I dropped my son off at his first Boy Scout meeting, I learned
there is a place for women in Boy Scouts (as this list has proven over and
over). At first I was a bit apprehensive about possible sexism but was
delighted (and relieved) to find that these guys are pretty enlightened (as
this list has further proven). The biggest problem I've had is that teenage
sons are not necessarily thrilled to have MOM along all the time.
But I've carved out a good niche for myself as Advancement Chair. I keep
all the troop records for 37 scouts, so I have a good excuse to attend all the
meetings plus have lots of contact with the boys, other adult leaders, merit
badge counselors, troop committee, and the parents. I'm involved in planning,
organizing, advising, and encouraging. The best part is that my advancemnt/
recording keeping function often makes me the first in the troop to know about
and congratulate a boy for his special achievements. And it is possible for me
to do this without an "up-in-the-front" leadership role which might make my
sensitive?/normal? son less than comfortable.
Anyway, my point is not what I'm doing with my troop but to give you a
concrete example of how you can go with your Webelos into the BSA program.
Good leaders are always needed in various capacities, and the contact with
"your guys" and the good times need not end!
Incidentally, we share more than scouting. I'm a librarian, too--a
cataloger at American University in Washington, D.C. I also read you on
AUTOCAT. Happy Scouting--
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City