On Sunday our Pack Committee Meeting. It was a good meeting. We have an agenda that we plow through. Figuring out what needs to get done, by who and when. Some discussion about events and projects that we want done. There are reports on all the den activity and progress.
During this meeting I had to defend my stance on why the new boys were getting their Bobcats. Point was that generally none of the current boys really could give you the Cubscout Promise or Law of the Pack. Yes, it’s pretty sad. Most of the boys cannot say it without prompting with some more than others. That is why I started having it with the Opening Flag and doing it at every chance we get.
Within the Pack, when Elliot was a Tiger, all we did was the pledge, flag, awards and a brief talk and maybe a game. That was all we really did. So, for the most part I followed the agenda of the meetings but I kept putting in stuff that I wanted to see. Remember, I was only a Wolf and I this is the start of my fourth year in the Pack and third as Cubmaster. So, I have learned a lot of what I want to do from Roundtable, Wood Badge, Pow-Wow, PTCMEDIA and surfing the Internet. I still have a lot to learn and do.
Towards the middle of the year, I started to inject the Promise and Law as much as I could. Hindsight, I should have done it earlier and and required at all meetings. At the end of the year, I had placed it in the Pack Meetings and now require it at all openings.
Back to the defensive stance. I explained that as our tradition the boys getting the Bobcat will get it. I will ask them several questions, but slacked on the Promise & Law. I got questioned on why. I explained that Tigers generally cannot recite it. Once in a great while a Tiger can. I walk them through the sign, motto, handshake, WEBELOS and then had it out. This year is a tad different since I am going talk them through the Promise and Law.
A few Committee Members got on me about how their son could not recite it publically cause they do not know it. I explained that is why I am doing it at Openings and that I am getting back to what a Tradition Pack SHOULD BE! They all understand and agree that it needs to be done. However, a debate ensued of “Did they earn the Bobcat?” I explained that in the Tiger meetings we went through all of it, having them repeat it several times, asking them what each line ment. Several of the less shy boys stepped up and explained what they thought it meant. So, we did go through the whole process.
Then, it came. I got called to the carpet. I was asked by the Committee Chair as Cubmaster to recite the Promise and Law. He did it right there. Crap….my worst fear. Asked for the Promise and Law….. On the Carpet and failed. Yes, it’s something that I just have not worked at, and it should be something that I should know by heart. My Committee Chair does.
So, I am starting to practice the Promise and Law. If the Cubscouts are required, then the Leaders will be required as well.
Yours in Scouting….