Pack 793 Family and Friends,
Two years ago when my wife signed my son up to join Pack 793 as a Tiger, I was intrigued. She and I didn’t talk about it that much before signing him up. Now I had good memories of my one year as a Cub Scout when I was my sons age, however I wasn’t really sure what role I would play as a parent. Of course in the back of my mind, I was thinking this would be like any other activity where the parents are present, but there is some leader taking care of everything. Is scouting like a sports team?
So when I received an email inviting me to a parent Pack 793 committee meeting, I reached out to a good friend who had a son in scouting and asked if he’d like to join me at the meeting. He immediately said “No! They’ll just sucker you into helping!”
Hmm… am I a sucker?
I’ve always been one to believe that I can assess my availability and capabilities and make a determination on whether I can help or not. So I went to the meeting.
Now two years later as a leader in the Pack, at no point have I ever felt like I was suckered in. I’ve had some of the most fulfilling and rewarding times with my son and the other scouts and parents in Pack 793 than I have had in any other area of my life. Actually in some ways I would say that I’ve pushed the pack to grow. And it has always been with the encouragement and participation of you, the fabulous parents of Pack 793. When asked, to help serve the scouts, you have stepped up. When asked to sell a bit more popcorn, you have done it. When asked to wear a funny hat and entertain the kids, you have done it with a smile.
So as a leader in Pack 793, I can honestly say we will not ask for more than you can give.
Next week we will be having our first Pack Committee meeting for the year. This meeting is a group of Den leaders, Cubmaster, Treasurer, Pack Committee Chairperson, Secretary, Advancement Chair, and a few other leaders. The purpose of the meeting is to review the recharter of the Pack, the years activities, the finances of the pack, community services we will plan and yes, open positions on the Pack Committee.
Ok, we do have a few open positions that we would like to fill, and we will be discussing them at this meeting. Most of the positions are second or third hats that the leaders are already wearing. And many of the positions are so small, it is easy to continue to wear them.
However, I do not want the open positions and the discussion of those positions to prevent you from attending the Pack Committee. As parents of Pack 793 scouts, we need to hear from you on how we are doing and what we can change. And even if you want to just come and listen, that is highly encouraged.
So I encourage you to join us next Wednesday, 11/13 at the Holy Rosary Parish from 7 PM to 9 PM on. This Pack is run by Scout Leaders and Scout Parents, we have no need for suckers! Hope to see you there!
Pack Committee Chairperson for Pack 793