When I accepted the call to be a Cubmaster I did it because my son was in Cubs with another one entering the following month and thought it would be a great way to spend time with my boys. Outside of doing scouts with my oldest son, I knew NOTHING about Scouting. So the first thing I did was go to my local Roundtable. From there I started learning and beginning to like what I was doing.
Five months in I went to Wood Badge, which completely changed my life and helped me to love Scouting. I was beginning to truly understand the method behind the madness. I got on staff at my local Roundtable after Wood Badge and continued to grow.
I then attended Akela’s Council. What a wonderful way to spend a week! You learn lots of great stuff and get answers and training in a super fun way! Then came Pow-Wow, talk about a bunch of fun!! A whole lot of crazy Cub Scout leaders in one place growing, sharing and laughing. I was so sad when I heard there weren’t going to be any more Pow-Wow’s.
But, then I heard about this new program called University of Scouting. I was excited, especially when I found out that my Wood Badge guide was on staff. He’s so incredible, and the idea that I could hang out with him again—c’mon I was going to do that! And then I learned why I LOVED University of Scouting. Not only was it all the classes and craziness of Pow-Wow, but also as a mom of a Boy Scout there were classes there that I could attend to help make my son’s experience more rewarding. So, not only was I making myself a better leader, but I felt like a better mom, too! There was a class about what to do after Wood Badge and other classes that helped teach me how I could keep on growing and keep that excitement going. Being able to go to classes and exchange ideas with other people in your position and not having to “reinvent the wheel” helped me to spend more time doing the “fun” things and not just trying to understand how it all works.
So why get the “extra” training”? Why not? It makes life easier and helps you find the joy in what you’re doing! University of Scouting is coming soon. Hope to see you there!