John Roe (johnr@BEAKER.FC.HP.COM)
Mon, 14 Nov 1994 13:26:57 -0700
Back in August of 1992 my son was completing a year in Tiger Cubs when a
member of the Pack Committee approached those of us who had been parent
partners of the boys. He message was simple: if we wanted our boys in Cub
Scouts, we were going to have to come up with some leaders. Well, I wanted
my son to be in Cub Scouts, and I wanted him to be in a good program so
that he would enjoy it and stick with Scouts until he was old enough to be
in Boy Scouts. I quickly realized that if that was going to happen, then I
was going to have to be a leader ... so I volunteered.
Well, I'm still here! I'm currently serving as a Webelos Den Leader after
two years as Den Leader. I have eight boys, including my son. Without
sounding too much like I'm patting myself on the back, I think we've had a
pretty good program. Five of the boys have been together since Tiger Cubs
(six since they were Wolves), so they must keep coming back for some
I also have some good memories of my own involvement in scouts as a youth.
Although I was in Cub Scouts, my participation wasn't consistent because of
several family moves during that time (my Dad was in the Army). But I
joined a Boy Scout troop in the sixth grade, and stayed actively involved
until I was about sixteen. I earned my Life Scout, but never completed my
Eagle, something I've deeply regretted in recent years. But I enjoyed my
tenure as a Boy Scout; I learned a lot, I had a lot of fun, and it helped
shape me into the person I am today. I think it's a good program; that's
why I want my son involved.
I plan to stay involved with Scouts certainly as long as my son is
interested. I plan to volunteer to help with whatever Boy Scout troop my
son joins when he transitions from Webelos Scouts to Boy Scouts. (But I
expect that Boy Scouting here in Colorado will be rather different than it
was when I was a Boy Scout in Florida, especially winter camp-outs!) Time
permitting, I'd also like to come back to the Cub Scout pack to help;
perhaps as a Pack Committee member or Den Leader Coach. Goodness knows we
could use some consistent leadership!
Besides a son, I also have a seven year old daughter who is a Brownie Girl
Scout. My wife is helping with her Troop (after co-leading a Daisy troop
last year). I've enjoyed comparing and contrasting the BSA and GSUSA
programs over the past year!
John Roe (email@example.com) Loveland, Colorado
Webelos Den Leader, Pack 11, Thompson-Poudre District, Longs Peak Council, BSA
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