Today, was just a day. Work and getting things done for work. I was so not paying attention to anything Scout related. Good thing my Bear Den Leader sent an email letting me know there was a Den Meeting tonight. Ugh….how in the world did I space that one out.
Elliot had Scout home work that he did not do, which really was up to me to remind him to do. So, that part was my fault. He had a ton of tough math work to do, and that took him about 2 hours to complete. I thought the Scout homework was just something you showed the DL and your done. Nope, it was a show & share type thing. I as a Den Parent SUCK!
I relish the time as a Den Parent, since I just get to sit back and DO NOTHING. I am not the Cub Master, I am not in charge of anything. I just show up and fade back into the Blackberry Farm (surfing on my iPhone). I do get to hang out with the other Den Leaders if there and chat. I watch the other boys to see how they are doing. So, I do check in.
The new Tiger Den and Den Leaders are FANTASTIC! They worked on the Nutrition and Food Pyramid, sang songs and did a skit. Both Den Leaders have their ClassA’s too!
The Webelos were doing an clay art project off in the corner.
Our new Bear Den Leader showed up in his new Class A as well tonight. Man, I so love it when people are in uniform!
Everyone was on fire tonight. Except myself, which led to Elliot not having a good time. He felt out of place and got very fidgety about being there. He did well when our guest speaker talked about being in Vietnam and doing what he had to do over there as a Helicopter Pilot. He is the Grandfather of the Den Leader. He also helped out us out as Tigers. He is an Eagle Scout from Nebraska. Very nice man. One great thing is that he taught the boys the Square Know, Boline & Half Hitch knots. Overall, Elliot did well in that reguard.
But, to me, tonight was about me not getting him prepared. This only signals of how involed I am in his scouting experince. It’s not about MY experince and what I get out of it. Going to all the Boy Scout trainings, Wood Badge, Pow-wow, Webelos Woods does not matter if he cannot do what is required.
I am beating myself up. Yes. However, Elliot and I need to sit down and work and talk about what Scouting is and what the books needs us to do.
So, as a Den Parent, I suck at this moment and time. Scouting is just like School Work. Yes, it’s fun, but doing the requirements is required.