A Special Scouting Moment
Craig R. McGarrah (mcgarrah@MINDSPRING.COM)
Sun, 19 Apr 1998 21:05:55 -0400
I want to share an experience I had today. I go to a little church in
central Connecticut (I live in Jupiter, FL, but am up here temporarily)
with about 100 members, including several kids. Since I have been up here
for a while, everyone, inluding the kids, know me and even though I am not
involved in the Scouts up here, they all know I am a Cubmaster in Florida
since I coordinated their Scout Sunday service this past february.
When I arrived at church this morning, 11-year-old Kyle was putting on his
Acolyte robe and I said hi to him. Kyle has never paid much attention to
me, but this morning he looked at me with his bright blue eyes wide. He
couldn't wait to tell me something.
"I'm a Boy Scout now!," he said while fumbling with his robe and reaching
for his brand new boy scout handbook behind him. "I just got my Arrow of
Light and now I can join a Troop! I've been practicing. Go ahead, ask me
anything in the Scout requirements!"
When I asked him the Scout Oath, he immediately snapped a scout sign (with
his robe half on) and excitedly started to recite the oath. The Pastor
interrupted since we were already late in starting the service. I helped
him on with his robe and other items and told him he could do it after the
Midway through the service, the kids are ushered downstairs for Sunday
school. After the service, I was talking to someone else when Kyle walked
up and couldn't wait to recite the Oath for me! He did so and bragged that
he knew the Law and all the other items too. I told him how proud I was of
him! We then talked about camping and he showed me his ability with the
yo-yo (yes, the yo-yo. It seems it is getting popular again).
I was very honored to be the audience for his new source of excitement. The
enthusiasm I saw in his eyes was something really special! I see it often
in the eyes of the boys in the Pack I work with in Florida, but you have to
know Kyle to know how truly special the moment was. I pray he never loses
that enthusiasm, and that I don't either!
Cubmaster -- Pack 132, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
United Methodist Youth Fellowship Adviser -- UMC of East Berlin, CT
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