I finally completed my ticket on March 12th with the Pack Meeting’s award ceremony section where the boys earned their Leave No Trace patch. It was the last item on my ticket. (See link for full five items on my ticket)
While my Wood Badge experince in of itself was incredible and I learned so much while at camp, I learned much more afterwards. The goal of Woodbadge is to give tools and knowledge to the participants so they can create the best possible program and experince for all.
I had been looking forward to the beading ceremony for along time, even before I left Woodbadge. However, I knew that I needed to go through and complete all my items. Some were very easy to do. Others took the cubscouts and den leaders to complete tasks so I could mark a completion.
Through this process, I caught myself several times only wanting to get the cubscouts through the ticket item so I could get my scarf. Was that what I was after? No. My underlying goal was to create fun for them. I also realized that if had fun, they did too. “The most worth-while thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others.” & “The most worth-while thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others.” are two quotes from Baden-Powell. Upon reflecting upon these two quotes over the past several months, I realize that I would accomplish both BP and my goals. Then everyone would benefit.
I am doing it for the boys. I am doing for Elliot so he can gain understanding and knowledge. Elliot has now gone farther than I have in Scouts at his age.
Every person needs a mentor at any stage in life. This is mine within the Scouting world. Randy was a Cub Master for seven years. It is just amazing to what you can learn by just listening to others. I have changed many things on how I run pack meetings, what I want to do for the program and how I think the pack should run.
I did not know Kent before Woodbadge. However, I know now that he along with the other Beaver Patrol members will always have a bond.
I was asked during the beading if I had any words I wanted to say about what Woodbadge ment to me personally. While not verbatim, I stated that my scouting experince stopped in 1976 at the Wolf rank. I resumed when Elliot started as a Tiger in 2008. I realized that I needed to make a difference within his life and stepped up to the plate for both Tiger Den Leader and also Cub Master. I did the latter since our pack was going into transition because the old Cub Master would be moving onto a Troop this year with his son. I did it so the Pack could grow. Because of this step I am helping the pack grow and get into what it needs to be to make the boys experince the best possible. I also did it because of several people within my life. One of them is Dewey Hansen and for those who he helped change their lives for just being there.