School Night for Scouting
Murphy Peter (MurphyP@RND3.INDY.TCE.COM)
Tue, 5 Sep 1995 12:07:00 PDT
I want to share part of my success from last week so you can
have an example to tell about when you hear "I'm too busy".
Pack 125 is chartered by Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic
Church. The church school obviously runs on a very tight budget
(funded from the Sunday collections and not from tuition).
Therefore, the school depends heavily on volunteers for
many things from lunch room to playground, to special classes.
Between the school and church ministries, the parents in my
pack are very heavily committed to volunteering for
Going into School Night I thought I'd need just one more Den
Leader/Assistant pair (Wolf). We added enough boys that
we needed 2 pairs. Here's what I've learned about three of
the four new volunteers from that night. One new Den Leader
is a single mom. I've had a taste of what's that is like for 2 weeks
every year when my wife goes away to training with the Army
Reserve. My hat's off to this lady. When I delivered some
resource material to her this weekend I found that she's already
dove in head first and is very enthused about kicking things off
this week. First with a planning session with her assistant and
then the first den/parents meeting. She's not wasting any time
getting started. The other Den Leader is the owner and founder
of a chain of rapid oil change stations. I'm sure he's very busy
as a business owner and a community leader. His Assistant
Den Leader is a heart surgeon. I've seen him come to his son's
games in scrubs. I'm sure his schedule is a little hectic but he's
willing to make the commitment to be there for his son.
When I look at these three new leaders I can't find any sympathy
for "I'm too busy". I'm sure nobody on this list uses that excuse
but we've all heard it from others.
To be fair, the business owner is not new to Scouts. He's an Eagle
and has volunteered at the Council level. This is the first year
he's had a son old enough to be in the program. The others are
first time leaders as far as I know.
CM, Pack 125, Crossroads of America Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City