Re: MOM and SON, DAD and LAD
Marie E. Lackore (mlackore@ATHENET.NET)
Wed, 17 Jul 1996 22:46:38 +0000
MOM and SON is an event near and dear to my heart, so I feel that I
must put in my two cents worth regarding the name of this event.
I have been second in command for this event in our Council for three
years and first in command for two years. It is a fantastic event
and the largest annual council event that we do each year. We serve
over 2000 MOMs and SONs with two separate events - one in spring and
one in fall.
MOM and SON is not the same as Parent and Son, nor should it ever be.
The MOM and SON relationship is a very special relationship, and the
focus of our entire weekend is on the MOM and SON. Not a detail goes
into the planning of the event without thinking how it will relate to
the MOM and SON relationship. We are going into our tenth year and
what we are doing must be working for we have MOMs and SONs that come
back year after year after year.
How do we run the event? Quite simply. MOM and SON check into camp
Friday evening and enjoy a program. Saturday features over 60
program areas that they may pick and choose from. Each program event
is designed to be done by MOM and SON together. The staff does not
allow two boys to do an event. It must be the MOM and SON. We have
the non-denominational service Saturday evening focusing on the MOM
and SON relationship and follow it with a program. When darkness
falls at last at 9:00 p.m., we feature the MOM and SON walk. This is
a very touching trail through the woods, lit by smudge pots, that MOM
and SON travel together, often times hand in hand. The trail
highlights the life of the son and focuses on why sons are so very
special to their MOMs. Many MOMs exit the walk with tears in their
eyes. Often times, the SONs also have tears in their eyes.
It is an awesome event. I never realized what a difference I could
make in the lives of people until I became involved with MOM and SON.
To see a MOM and SON walking hand in hand through the camp sends
shivers down my spine.
Several years ago I wrote a poem for the MOM and SON event, and I
won't put it all here, for it is lengthly. If anyone wants a copy,
please e-mail me. The poem ends this way:
If I could have but one wish come true,
It would be that some day you have a son as fine as you.
When this weekend is over, let there not be a doubt,
that "Making Memories" is what life is all about.
To wrap up my thoughts, the reason we want to kick off a DAD and LAD
in our council is that we want to have an event like MOM and SON that
will focus on the DAD and LAD relationship which is so very different
than the MOM and SON relationship. Also, we can provide an event for
those boys who don't have MOMs to attend the MOM and SON event with
Should we cancel the celebration of Mother's Day just because some
people have mothers who have passed away? I think not.
Should we cancel the celebration of Father's Day just because some
people have fathers who have passed away? I think not.
Should we cancel the "Bring your Grandparents to School" day just
because some children's grandparents have passed away? I think not.
Politically correct? That's not the issue. We need to get back to
basics. We need to take some time out for those relationships in our
lives that are so important to us.
If anyone is interested in further details on our MOM and SON event,
please e-mail me. I'll be more than happy to share!
In the Spirit of MOM and SON,
Marie E. Lackore
A bear (C-17-94)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City