Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Gifts of appreciation for retiring Pack Leaders
Gifts of appreciation for retiring Pack Leaders
Sat, 20 Feb 1999 13:46:29 -0700
We make these as personal as possible. For our retiring CM whose son is
continuing in Boy Scouts, I put together a "serious retirement gift". It
consisted of a "ditty bag" (small nylon stuff sack to separate small items
in your backpack - a $3-4 dollar item at most) - and stuff in it small
size toiletries and such - a made a funny story to go with each item.
Well, you'll need bug spray because where YOU'RE going camping with the
Boy Scouts, the mosquitoes (flys ticks whatever) are as big as houses.
Everything was along the line of - well, you don't need a BIG bar of soap,
because where you'll be camping, there isn't any water. Unbreakable
coffee mug because if you fall down the mountain, off the trail, at least
you can still have a cup of coffee when you make it back (coffee grounds
strained through the SM's socks, of course!) This kind of gift is useful
and can be a funny addition to a meeting.
I got a gorgeous plaque from the parents of my den, but I'd say that was
expensive. I also got a dozen red roses which is a lovely gift for the
flower lover. Plants were also the order of the day at our Blue and Gold
Banquet (since with crossing over, this is when the changing of the guard
I also did some gag gifts but personalized them. Our Pow Wow Book has a
couple great patterns in it for crafts which can be utilized. Leather
canoe tie slides are fun and easy to make and you can buy a bag of scrap
suade, often on sale, for $3 and make a bunch of them. Waxed thread is
great to "lace" them with. This is a good gift for the "uniformed" leader
going on to Boy Scouts with their son. I made handsome rubber band guns
and wood burned text on the side of them. "You're doing a bang-up job"
Pinewood Derby Chair and for the CC "She always got her leader" -The
Smokin' Gun Award. These make "useful" plaque-type items. And very
While I'm at it, does anyone have a way to make "camp mugs"? You see the
patterns for the ones made from #10 cans, but I need a less expensive way
to attach the handles. It calls for a pop rivet gun. The needed tool is
$10 plus the cost of rivets. There is a similar candle lantern which
would make a unique "gift" to a retiring leader. I also use these gift
ideas as a way of showing den leaders what crafts can be done with a
BTW, someone posted a craft idea for the Blue and Gold, where you made
Cub Scout figures out of pony beads and chenille stems. It took a trip to
the craft store for the supplies, but I was desparte. My WEbelos LOVED
making them and wouldn't let us give away their centerpieces. For the
trees the "beady guys (as we called them) climbed, we trimmed some small
branches from a bush in my yard and stuck them in plaster of paris in
margarine tubs. It was a 10 minute craft (and we were pushed for time)
which the boys really enjoyed. Thanks so much for whoever posted it.
Another "plaque-type" idea was to cut out a plaque shape out of scrap wood
and screw a couple cup hooks in to hold keys. Personalize it with "Unit
Scouter of the Year - 1999 Pack 170 and the name.
The craft store also has some free plans for pony bead critters that make
great key chains which could be nice, homemade gifts.
As you can see, I'm into homemade, not very expensive gifts, if possible.
WE found that in our Pack, some of the adults did not like to see us spend
much, if any money on adult recognition. This might be particularly true
if Pack finances are low. Yet, as the interim advancement chair, I felt
it VERY important to recognize the parents who helped in any capacity,
whether it was Highway Clean=up chair, the Pinewood committee, Blue and
Gold Coordinator or on the committee.
Now if someone will let me know if they see a great item I used to find in
Oriental Trading catalog - it was a small (fits in the palm of your hand)
6 compartment organizer. It was a neat, inexpensive gift to give to the
"organizer" of an event. It could hold a few sewing supplies, fishing
flys, tiny electronic components, craft supplies. You could buy them a
dozen at a time, for about $1 a piece. I would rubber cement names, and
the award name on it so it could be removed.
Hope that helps those who are looking for ideas for gifts for Pack
Jan Mussler, Webelos Den Leader, Pack 170
Troop Committee Chair, Troop 170
Arapahoe District, Longs Peak Council