Great Good News
Sat, 6 Dec 1997 19:45:06 EST
We have got some good news that I wanted to share with y'all.
First, The Alamo Area Council Beach Party Pow Wow results are in: more
than 500 Cub Scout Leaders and Den Cheifs attended the daylong event November
1, the largest attendance since 1993! Dawn Thompson, a great lady and Scouter
was chairman and only made one mistake. She left the room at the wrong time
and so she is going to do an even better job on the 1998 Jungle Pow Wow!
Pack 244's Committee Chair and COR, District Day Camp maniac and Lt.
Kernel of Pop Corn, Cherie Driscoll, was dragged away from her forms and into
the Round Table meeting this past Thursday to receive Cub Scouter award and
knot. I have been granted the honor of sewing it on her shirt.
I am now very likely certifiably nuts. I received my Cubmaster Knot and
the charter for the brand new Pack 699! (Oh, no, not another shirt! If
National is listening, how about detachable sleeves?) Yes, I am now Cub Master
of two Packs. One is a regular Pack with the usual problems of disappearing
adults, painful parents and fund-raising, and the other is a Pack that will
present a whole new set of problems. I'm not alone in the loony bin though,
all the leaders have been recruited through RT so we are all taking on a
second (third, fourth, fifth) volunteer position.
Our District will also have a unit that, if we use our new number at
sign in, will always win the Round Table attendance award! This month is
dedicated to leader's and committee meetings as well as our first ever Pack
planning meeting. No later than the first week in January will begin Den
meetings and activities.
We are still looking for advice, suggestions, warnings of possible
problems, solutions to fund-raising difficulties and ways to tailor the
program to their circumstances without making them feel like anything but boys
who are Cubs and Boy Scouts.
Brainstorm, brainstorm, brainstorm....send me anything you can think of
that might help. Has anyone ever worked with a unit in an institutional
setting? I have found out that this has been done in Columbus, Ohio, didn't
get any details. BTW, these lads are not violent, they are not criminal
offenders, but, if not for Boysville they might have been. Boysville has been
in the business of raising good men from boys with no advantages for quite a
long while, so the District will be adding to an already successful program.
Council unveiled plans for its annual Scout Country Fair, one of the
largest in the Nation, to be held in Spring of '98 at Fiesta Texas, a Six
Flags theme park, in San Antonio, the second largest city in Texas! There
will be displays and activities from Troops and Packs from at least thirteen
counties in Texas and guest troops from Mexico. Rappelling, rock climbing,
pinewood derby, cooking, camping, computers, Hams, and everything else you can
think of! The Cub Scout Midway with games and activities for advancement as
varied as the Cubs themselves. Also, this should mark the return of the
largest three-strand rope bridge in the world, lashed together and erected
entirely by Boy Scouts.
Other than that, things are pretty quiet down here.
Patrick Driscoll Time flies like the wind but fruit flies like bannanas.
CM P244 & 699
Alamo Area Council, San Antonio, Texas.
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