Last night at the Pioneer District Dinner, the District Awards were handed out. It was a great time to reflect upon what the Scout Units did over the past year. The District Chairman and Commissioner gave their thoughts. Our Exec did the same too. But, he added points that really helped me. See we as a District are in transition. He came in two years ago and he’s been going UP all the time. Membership is growing in Pack, Troops & Crews. (It’s a Council Metric). The last time we had growth was 2000, 2007 & 2009 in all three categories.
Our Council President who resides in our District was also there. He talked about three goals that the Council is working on. Growth in Summer Camp Participation at the Cubscout level, FOS and building relationships within local Businesses.
It all got me excited to be a part of the District and Scouting. While I do not like where we are within the District, I like the fact that I am part of a group within the District that is affecting CHANGE and that I will be able to say I was there and helped make it happen.
Which, brings me to “The Silver Pretzel” award. I like this part of the dinner. I generally do not know who is going to win. The Advancement Chairwoman (Lois) gets to hand these out. She creates a little story based upon the info given about the Scouter who gets it. She keeps the name out of it so we all can guess. This year was awesome and all those who got it deserve it. It is one thing that I measure myself as a Scouter against. Am I doing my Best? What do I give to the District, Scouters and the youth. How did I serve them today and how will I in the future.
I nominated my friend Allan Campbell. He is the Cubscout Roundtable Commissioner, OA Vice Chair/Advisor & Vigil, Program Chair (incoming Advancement Chair as of June 1, 2012) Trainer,trained at POW-WOW and now Program & Training Conference, was Tiger Den Leader, Bear, Wolf & Webelos DL. Current Cubmaster and staffed several things at Council. He also brought back the Cuboree to the District and started and ran the Geocaching program within the Council in 2010. He is all that. Oh, and he put on the District Dinner and did the dishes. His wife was right along side of him as well.
His fellow Silver Pretzel winners are George Stephan and Virgle Pierce. Both had very outstanding resumes within Scouting. Looking at these great Scouter’s there is a lot happening and the Scouts are far better for it. I am proud to know them.