Leader training and AoL
Gary McBain (GMCBAIN@MAIL.HENRYFORD.CC.MI.US)
Wed, 26 Feb 1997 09:21:30 -0500
Greetings. I have two areas of comment.
First I want to thank everone who commented both on the list and in
private about my posting of an inquiry of an Arrow of Light ceremony. I
directly used a ceremony that was sent to me at our Blue and Gold last
night and it went over very well. Special thanks to those who sent me
the idea about making an arrow to present to the boys. I spent all last
weekend constructing them in as close as I could get to an authentic
indian style. They were the hit of the banquet.
As of last night my youngest son and I crossed over to my oldest son's
troop. A very proud father watched as my oldest presented my
youngest with his troop neckerschief and led him accros the bridge to
Boy Scouts. Though active as an ASM for the last year in the troop, I now
feel completely crossed over and look forward to consolidating my
efforts with my crossed over Webelos den and the troop.
Second comment...I've been reading the thread about earning knots and
leader training and whether we are in it for the boys or ourselves. It was
pointed out last night by both my pack's Committee Chair and the troop's
Scoutmaster that I had attended every single pack and troop activiity for
the last year plus fundamental training and the Scouter's conference and
every pack activity for the last 2 years. Until it was pointed out I had no
idea that one could or should recognize those events. I guess I was
having too much fun to care about it. Now I realize that it is as important
to recognize one's own accomplishments and growth as it is the boys.
Time slips by so quickly that unless one documents in the form of training
awards (knots) that we soon forget. They tell me that I can get a
Webelos leader knot and that I probably qualify for the Boy Scout
Leader's Training Award. Those will be my first two.
YIS...........Gary McBain, Pack 252 Webelos Leader (retired)
ASM Troop 254 Sterling Hgts. MI.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City