Tonight was a great night. It started off a bit shaky and I was nervous. I always get nervous about how things go before a Pack Meeting. Must be the pre-show jitters. Guess if I do not get them I should be worried.
We have plans laid out a month before and they get edited by the Pack Committee as needed. No problem there. I am glad for it. Keeps me on my toes and not winging it day of.
I get onsite, start setting up and the boys have all the bouncy balls out of the closet and throwing them everywhere. We are supposed to have a game as the gathering activity, but it’s not happening soon enough. Hence, my nervousness.
During this time several things happened. Since I am the Cub Master everyone basically gravitates to me for questions. Tonight I had a new family join the Pack, their son is a Wolf! Just what we needed too! I started right off by welcoming him and speaking directly to the new Wolf Cub. Good thing that I brought the Class B shirts since I gave him one right there so he would fit in. Second item was I got to met another new Webelos Scout and his parents. We had been talking via email. Finally, one of my new Co- Tiger Den Leaders showed up and IN UNIFORM! Knots and ALL! He had a new knot that I had not seen too. It was the Heroism Knot. Very cool. He jumped right in and was helping out, working with the boys.
To calm the boys down and start to get their attention, one would think that the fingers would go up and maybe a shout or two. I have even seen people clap to get attention. Nope, I have resigned myself to play the Native American Flute. It is a calming soothing tone that helps people relax. Slowly the boys got into the circle and realized we were starting.
The pack meeting went on as normal with a few annoucements, activity/game and awards. The program that I had setup was for the Fire Station & Engine 18 to come give a safety talk. Which, right on time they showed up. They were very nice and gave their normal safety talk. They even handed out Smoke Alarms to all the parents! They were also able to help hand out the Bobcat Rank Badges to the boys along with Segements and the Mother/Dad Pins.
The great thing about this pack meeting is that I began to realize that the Pack is now complete. There is a Den Leader for each den and sometimes two. I no longer have to worry about finding Den Leaders. Dads and Moms have stepped up. I realize that parents really do care about their kids and will step outside the box of their normal everyday life and have fun. I realized again, that I can have fun and do something that I would not be able to do in my normal life. I can play the Native American Flute. I can relax now…..for a moment. I can just be a Cub Master. Which now means, I can work on making the Pack Meeting a whole more fun.
Each meeting is completely different and I learn a lot from it. On to November….Need to figure something fun to do…..SKITS! HHMMM…