I think I had my first bad Pack meeting tonight. I feel bad. In May the Council has a Fishing derby setup for each District so the boys can earn their Fishing beltloop, Segment and a few other things if their friend joins. Our beloved RT Cubscout Commish is a complete wizard at kneckerchief slides.
So, I am going with a whole “Fishing” theme for the pack. Get the boys to make an invite to give to a friend that they want to have come to the fishing derby who are NOT in cubscouts. I set-up the gathering activity for them to make these. Wow, that took time.
After gathering activity and we are basically ontime at this point, I am getting the boys ready for flag. I think that since we have done a modified version for about 3 months, they all forgot what FLAG was. We did a scripted Flag that went through the oath, motto, webelos, everything so each boy could do/say something. Then the pledge. It was designed by BSA so they could learn and also not DRAG the flag across the floor.
Well, the boys totally forgot everything, did it wrong. I was horrified. (Note to self afterwards…they are cubscouts!)
The meeting went on and I walked through how to tie a fishing knot, talked about different kinds of fish in the Pacific NW. I had cards of fish..including Marlin and Swordfish and Catfish. Talked about what to wear, why to wear it, Emergency Kit…the basics.
Afterwards we handed out awards made annoucements and quickly retired the colors. DONE!
OMG, I just wanted to run out. I so had two songs, a Cubmaster Minute and a whole better plan….It just did not happen. Just like a Preacher’s Son who does everything wrong, my son was doing that. I think that and that the boys had a mind of their own tonight really through me.
While I had a patch/beltloop kit with me that I was able to get missing items to the boys and extra patches, I was not on my game. I dressed up funny, wore a silly hat and put myself out there. I was mindful of the time…(It could have been shorter though…).
What happened behind the scenes is that one Den Leader let me know today that they would be out of town, another said they would be late. This is after another Den Leader said last week that he was out of town due to work. He got all the awards and other items to the Ast DL. Ugh….So, it was me, my NEW MEMBERSHIP CHAIR (she is awesome…helped me with gathering activity….as did other parents.) and the Committee Chair/Treasurer and the Webelos I DL
I am so re-thinking next months pack meeting. I wanted to teach the boys songs so they can earn their Music Beltloop. I got a friend of mine to come in and play. I am now re-thinking it and seeing about practicing Flag and having a Boy Scout Troop come and do it for us.
It won’t be the first bad meeting…but I just hate having them…..The good thing is that I video’d the whole meeting and watched it back. I learned a lot.