Re: TIN RAT
Peter Van Houten (Peter_Van_Houten@SIMULACRUM.WV.TEK.COM)
Tue, 9 Feb 1993 12:39:25 PST
In a message to Scouts-L, Bruce Johnson stated:
>> That weekend, he came to me unprompted and said something like, "Dad,
>> appreciate all that you're doing for me in Scouting. I know that
you could spend your time
>> some other way, but I know that you're making my Scouting more fun
>> successful. Thanks."
This is the greatest reward that one can receive in Scouting...the
appreciation of the boys. Often times we say 'if its not for the boys, its
for the birds'. So why than do we seek after the Adult awards -- because
we're human and we like to be appreciated. However, I'll trade every award
I've ever earned for the opportunity to hear one of my Cub Scouts say
Thanks. For me I've been blessed many times this year --
My son wrote down on his 2nd grade paper that the most favorite thing he
likes to do with his dad is Scouts.
I'm walking through the hardware store and overhear two boys saying, 'Thats
Mr. Van Houten, he's our Cubmaster and is lots of fun."
I visited the school just after Christmas, and two boys come up to me and
say 'Thanks for the Christmas Card'.
I'm standing in line at the Grocery Store and one of the mothers from my
pack (whom I've not met yet until this time) steps out of her line, comes
over to me, and tells me how much she appreciated the last pack meeting. I
made her son feel so special when he received his Bobcat, that he glowed for
a week. The sword (I made swords in conjunction with the Pirate Theme) he
received has become a treasured item on his wall.
Do I want the Silver Beaver -- Sure, when I'm done with Scouting...But until
then a simple 'Thank you' will suffice.
In Scouting . . .
Peter Van Houten
Snail Mail: 7225 SW 160th
Beaverton, OR 97007
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