My Big Change
HENRY S. HEINE (hheine@WELCHLINK.WELCH.JHU.EDU)
Thu, 13 Apr 1995 13:14:43 -0400
I thought I would share with you my retirement last night as Cubmaster of
Pack 461 after four years.
The excitment started early as I received a call at work from my Chairman
that the Priest had called and said that the Hall was not available as
they were preparing it for an overflow Easter service on Sunday. This was
4:00PM. I thought he was kidding me, my last Pack meeting and a last
minute glich like that! But no, the Church had already stripped the
floors, ect. (We have the Hall booked a year in advance). Well what to do?
We scrambled and managed to get Father to allow us to use the church
upstairs with the provision that the boys would not be too rowdy. Neat
trick as the Pack is close to 100 boys, plus siblings ect. It meant that
our planned game-activity was out. Moving outside was off because of severe
Well 7:00 rolled around and we mananged to set everything up in time this
was also our Bridgeing so we had the additional complication of three
Troops, one of which was mine, showing up to receive our crossing Webelos.
This is why training is so important my assitant and I pulled a few extra
skits out of our hats and a song or two to fill in the gap from the game.
The bridging went off without a hitch. We use the burning neckerchief
using an Indian Chief with his "magic" water. After all the boys had
crossed my assistant Cubmaster announced to the Chief that there was "one
more person to cross".
The Chief told the boys that the crossing of an adult Scouter was special
and required special support. He asked my Cubs who would stand and come
forward to support me. They all did! My neckerchief burned but didn't and
across the bridge I went to receive my Troop neckerchief and my
Scoutmaster Patch from the boys in the Troop.
Only one duty left and that was to walk back to install my assitant as
the new Cubmaster.
It was tough getting the words out to the boys but I managed and turned
the Pack and Pack meeting over to him.
Afterword we both joked about what a way for me to finish and he to start.
I hope it's not an omen.
Hank Heine email@example.com
SM Troop 615,COR Pack 461
National Pike Dist.
Baltimore Area Council
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