Re: Pack Description
or blackeagle ("Settummanque)
Thu, 28 May 1992 23:38:00 EDT
Wow!! I didn't expect THAT kind of response from my story of Pack 184.
I thought somebody on here would tell me about Tiger Cubs because that
was one of the things I left out. I also left out the impact of Emma-
Jean's cousin, Myrtle who is the Den Leader Coach. Finally, I left out
how the Den meetings are run (I did say that they are weekly), but I
didn't say what happens at the meetings. If someone would care to,
please hop in and tell us all.
Seriously, the Cardinal Council, for the last 13 years of my life, is
FICTIONAL!!!! There is no such thing as the Cardinal Council, nor Camp
Brown-Candey (which will be introduced shortly), nor Pack 184, nor
EmmaJean, nor any of the other characters.
Why did I spend so my time inventing names and describing events instead
of giving you "what the book says"??? This medium is a visual medium.
You are reading what I am typing and visualizing in your mind what I have
said (sometimes when I'm reading some of the messages from other people,
I can actually "hear" their voices and "see" their expressions, even though
I've never met them)...I thought it doing it in this manner, it would get
across several key points:
1) The Scouting program is a very complex and yes, confusing organization.
Trying to put it all in, into generic terms, would yes, make my
entry smaller, but wouldn't have paintd a true picture of what the
program is about.
2) As you can see, from just this one entry, this is not just EmmaJean and
her husband doing everything. Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Exploring
and the entire support structure which supports those units are man-
power intensive. It takes a lot of volunteers.
3) While you are reading this, you inserted your own vision of what happens
at a Cub Scout Pack meeting, I did!! Pack 184 is different from
Pack 276 up the road. And it's different from another Cub Scout
Pack in Illinois, Oregon, Tennessee, or even Alaska. Each Pack
is a reflection of the community, the volunteers, and the kids.
4) Finally, the Cardinal Council, albeit fictional, was designed by me, to
give a generic example of each program to new Scouters. Many new
Scouters, like some of us on this list, have NEVER BEEN to a Cub
Scout Pack meeting before. Therefore, if I just explained what the
Den Leader does, they still wouldn't catch on, because they've never
had the chance to visualize this happening.
Jessica, when she read the entries, yelled at me to, "Come in here and see
what they've written...". She was laughing because on my wall is a listing
of all of the ten Councils with parts of them in Kentucky. There is an
actual Cardinal Council CSP (fully embroidered, nine colors, one of 25
that I know of *laugh*) in there, along with an outline of the 12 Ky
counties which encompass the Cardinal Council. She turned around and asked
me, "if that's not real, then how do you have a CSP for it??"...I explained
to her that in 1980, when I first served as Training Chairman for the district
that I'm in now, the training staff and I (all five of us, three of us college
students) decided that the best approach to train people that had never been
exposed to Scouting was to introduce them from the ground level up, so we
invented the Cardinal Council. I wrote all the scripts (can't you tell...)
for each part and it was so successful that when I left Eastern for
Oklahoma, I used it there as well. The twelve people that I served with on
the training team there, were so enthusiastic about this new approach to
teaching, that they went and designed and purchased these CSPs which I
now have two of. We wore them instead of our Council strip during training
events and the concept spread to other Councils (many Councils for their
Woodbadge courses use a generic "Gilwell" CSP which states Gilwell with the
axe and log emblematic of the Woodbadge course instead of their CSP).
Maybe I should put a disclaimer on every one of those postings from now on--
something like..."this is a depiction, this is only a depiction. If this
had been an actual account, you would have been informed as to where..."
Oh well, you get my point...hehehe....
I'm still waiting...
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City