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  1. #27028
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    Morning all

  2. #27029
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    'Morning Bret and everyone.. More studying in store here.. Can't wait for the first weekend in March

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    Something of a sad weekend for me.

    As most here know, I'm pretty deeply involved as a Cub Scout leader. As my children have aged, my oldest is now a Boy Scout and my younger will soon be.


    I've announced my resignation as Cubmaster for this pack. Last night was my last Blue and Gold Banquet to MC, next month will be the last Pinewood Derby that I'll run.

    I've worked hard to rebuild what I saw as a dying program. When I took the reins, there were about 15 cubs. As I step down, I've more than tripled the size of our unit, making it the largest unit in my county with 50 scouts on paper and about 45-46 that are pretty active.

    Having found a successor to take over running the unit, I'm now working as a Den Leader, which is what I'm best at, sitting on the floor with a bunch of kids goofing off. Once we're done goofing, however, I'm still working to create the back-up structure that the new leadership will need to keep the program running optimally.

    It is somewhat bitter-sweet. While I'm a bit tired of being the Cubmaster and dealing with all of the stresses of doing it, I'll miss my scouts. Through my tenure, I've made a point of learning all of the scouts names BEFORE their parents. I refer to parents as "Mrs. Jimmy's Mom" until I learn their names, explaining that I'm not a Cub Scout leader for the parent, but for the boy. I truly LOVE these boys and it's amazing what an attachment that they have for my wife and I, and I'll miss that one-on-one connection with them.

    I'm not dropping out completely. Just moving into a different role. I'm following them to Boy Scouts when they go as a Merit Badge Counselor and, likely an Assistant Scout Master.


    Sorry to unload like this, but I've been doing this since my 12 year old was in Kindergarten and it's harder than I thought that it would be.

  4. #27031
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    Quote Originally Posted by jpsmith1cm View Post
    Something of a sad weekend for me.

    As most here know, I'm pretty deeply involved as a Cub Scout leader. As my children have aged, my oldest is now a Boy Scout and my younger will soon be.


    I've announced my resignation as Cubmaster for this pack. Last night was my last Blue and Gold Banquet to MC, next month will be the last Pinewood Derby that I'll run.

    I've worked hard to rebuild what I saw as a dying program. When I took the reins, there were about 15 cubs. As I step down, I've more than tripled the size of our unit, making it the largest unit in my county with 50 scouts on paper and about 45-46 that are pretty active.

    Having found a successor to take over running the unit, I'm now working as a Den Leader, which is what I'm best at, sitting on the floor with a bunch of kids goofing off. Once we're done goofing, however, I'm still working to create the back-up structure that the new leadership will need to keep the program running optimally.

    It is somewhat bitter-sweet. While I'm a bit tired of being the Cubmaster and dealing with all of the stresses of doing it, I'll miss my scouts. Through my tenure, I've made a point of learning all of the scouts names BEFORE their parents. I refer to parents as "Mrs. Jimmy's Mom" until I learn their names, explaining that I'm not a Cub Scout leader for the parent, but for the boy. I truly LOVE these boys and it's amazing what an attachment that they have for my wife and I, and I'll miss that one-on-one connection with them.

    I'm not dropping out completely. Just moving into a different role. I'm following them to Boy Scouts when they go as a Merit Badge Counselor and, likely an Assistant Scout Master.


    Sorry to unload like this, but I've been doing this since my 12 year old was in Kindergarten and it's harder than I thought that it would be.
    JP,
    You are doing what you are supposed to do......everything in nature is either growing or dying......nothing remains the same......
    Remember, you are not quitting but rather you are growing with your 'kids' and moving on with them......just like nature has it meant to be......and supporting a new 'branch' on the tree.

    And take a few quiet moments to humbly pat yourself on the back........we are awash in a world full of 'withdrawers' so be proud of the fact the you helped 'deposit' a great deal into 'social bank'.....way to go......proud of ya....
    "The quality you deserve is not expensive---it's priceless"

  5. #27032
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    Good morning, Bret and everyone.
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  6. #27033
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug Lockhart View Post

    JP,
    You are doing what you are supposed to do......everything in nature is either growing or dying......nothing remains the same......
    Remember, you are not quitting but rather you are growing with your 'kids' and moving on with them......just like nature has it meant to be......and supporting a new 'branch' on the tree.

    And take a few quiet moments to humbly pat yourself on the back........we are awash in a world full of 'withdrawers' so be proud of the fact the you helped 'deposit' a great deal into 'social bank'.....way to go......proud of ya....
    That was my "pat on the back"

    I had my fun in scouting, and am now having more fun watching the kids have fun than I ever had as a youth.

    To use your word, it is humbling to watch these youth grow within the program.

    One that my wife and I were just talking about last night...

    This boy, in third grade, wouldn't be found very far from mom. When, in 5th grade, we graduated him into boy scouts, I predicted a short and painful tenure followed by a quit after the first weekend camporee.

    As it turns out, he is now about 15, working on his Eagle, and I could not be any happier in having been so wrong about that young man.

  7. #27034
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    'Afternoon Bret and everyone. JP, your role is just evolving, but you're continuing to support the program and that's admirable, to say the least. Best of luck in your new role!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpsmith1cm View Post
    Something of a sad weekend for me.

    As most here know, I'm pretty deeply involved as a Cub Scout leader. As my children have aged, my oldest is now a Boy Scout and my younger will soon be.


    I've announced my resignation as Cubmaster for this pack. Last night was my last Blue and Gold Banquet to MC, next month will be the last Pinewood Derby that I'll run.

    I've worked hard to rebuild what I saw as a dying program. When I took the reins, there were about 15 cubs. As I step down, I've more than tripled the size of our unit, making it the largest unit in my county with 50 scouts on paper and about 45-46 that are pretty active.

    Having found a successor to take over running the unit, I'm now working as a Den Leader, which is what I'm best at, sitting on the floor with a bunch of kids goofing off. Once we're done goofing, however, I'm still working to create the back-up structure that the new leadership will need to keep the program running optimally.

    It is somewhat bitter-sweet. While I'm a bit tired of being the Cubmaster and dealing with all of the stresses of doing it, I'll miss my scouts. Through my tenure, I've made a point of learning all of the scouts names BEFORE their parents. I refer to parents as "Mrs. Jimmy's Mom" until I learn their names, explaining that I'm not a Cub Scout leader for the parent, but for the boy. I truly LOVE these boys and it's amazing what an attachment that they have for my wife and I, and I'll miss that one-on-one connection with them.

    I'm not dropping out completely. Just moving into a different role. I'm following them to Boy Scouts when they go as a Merit Badge Counselor and, likely an Assistant Scout Master.


    Sorry to unload like this, but I've been doing this since my 12 year old was in Kindergarten and it's harder than I thought that it would be.

    That's what this thread is all about unloading, sharing and just shooting the bull.

    I question the is many who've been in that position 12 years that incredible level commitment, and to it the largest and with 96% active is increible.
    If you help others then you are a Success

  9. #27036
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    Quote Originally Posted by fcs View Post
    That's what this thread is all about unloading, sharing and just shooting the bull.

    I question the is many who've been in that position 12 years that incredible level commitment, and to it the largest and with 96% active is increible.
    I've only been in for 6 years, Bret.

    Kindergarten to age 12.

    Our counties most senior CubMaster is resigning this year as well, with 20 years tenure. She's AWESOME!

    She's also moving into Boy Scouts with her nephews. She has no children of her own in the program.

  10. #27037
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    Good morning, Bret and everyone!
    [Avatar photo from a Florida training accident. Everyone walked away.]
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  11. #27038
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    'Morning Bret and everyone. Lots of rain and snow melting over here

  12. #27039
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moonrunner View Post
    'Morning Bret and everyone. Lots of rain and snow melting over here
    I see on the weekend you guys got nailed again.....almost as bad as the storm a couple weeks earlier....
    "The quality you deserve is not expensive---it's priceless"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug Lockhart View Post
    I see on the weekend you guys got nailed again.....almost as bad as the storm a couple weeks earlier....
    Yeah, it got about half as bad.. The 2 dumps gave us half the average annual snowfall in very little time. The piles on the lawns are still in the 3-4' range. At least it's good exercise and last time around it only took an hour to clear.

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