Many people in my life didn’t have a great opinion of Scouting in general and thought of it as largely a waste of time. Not having had anything to do with the program up to then I must admit I wasn’t too excited about my new position. But I’m the kind of person who likes to do things right so I wanted to get a good idea of what I was supposed to do and what a good Scouting program should be, so my husband (the Cubmaster at the time) and I decided we should go.
I was expecting 4 days of roundtable-like trainings and a lot of sitting around taking notes. Boy was I surprised! It was an adventure from start to finish and I came away with a passion for Cub Scouting.
At Akela’s Council I had life-changing experiences and made lifetime connections. Being able to step away from the bustle of life for a few days and learn and grow with all the people there was unforgettable. We got to work on projects, share ideas, complete challenges, have a great time, learn and laugh a lot. It is such a neat program and the individuals that made it all happen were so generous and kind, their examples and friendship really touched me and I still draw on the things I learned from them.
There were many things that our pack just wasn’t doing and I got to see first hand how much better things go when the right systems and tools are in place. I also realized how significant the small things could be to the boys and the importance of belonging, and I came away determined to help the boys in my pack feel wanted and loved. I wanted to share with my pack how fun Cub Scouting could be.
Our pack program improved so much when we started implementing the things we learned. We even had lifelong Scouters approach us at some of the pack meetings to say how impressed they were with the quality of program that they saw. I don’t say this to brag only to say that it was because we were using the things we learned at Akela’s Council and it really really did make a difference in our pack. I’m so glad that I went.
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Author: Celeste Hunt | Den Leader, Pack 389, Hurricane, Utah