Standing in the middle of nowhere,
Wondering how to begin.
Lost between tomorrow and yesterday,
Between now and then.
And now we’re back where we started,
Here we go round again.
Day after day I get up and I say
I better do it again.
-written by Ray Davies of The Kinks
We are now into September. The historical start within many Council’s to the Cubscout Calendar year. It’s a whirl of recruiting new boys, convincing some parents to be Den Leaders/Committee Members and Back to School night events.
The beginning of the Cubscout year is very important. It almost sets the tone for the year. A good first impression is all you get.
For us Seasoned Veterans of being in a Cubscout Pack, it’s almost a cake walk. We know what to do and how it will be. It’s a tad unnerving for those who have not lived it or their first time through on the Committee or Den Leader. Granted I will get nervous at the first meeting and as we get closer.
Hence, I thought of The Kinks as I started to write this posting. It’s a song that I had on my Walkman while growing up. It’s a great song and one that I identify at this time.
This is my now fifth year within the Pack and fourth as Cubmaster. It’s my last of everything. The final tour. I am very much looking forward to seeing all the activities, outings and accomplishments that happen this year. My original goal was to be Cubmaster for two years and then take over the Webelos Den Leader position. I realized during the first year that was not going to be possible. I am glad that I stayed on as Cubmaster.
As the song’s theme of “Back where we started” plays out, to me it’s about the drudgery of going to work day after day and being lost in doing it. I understand that theme. However, that is much more of a “Groundhog Day” theme. I am not Bill Murray and I am not re-living each year over in a generic non-changing format. I use this song as, yes, we are back where we started, here we go round again as one of continuity and one of delivering the promise of Scouting to everyone. A lot of it is the same, but what we offer is slightly different but the Scouts have moved up to new challenges for their rank. The bonus is the New Tigers! They keep it fresh and exciting.
So, while everything changes, it stays the same.
The two huge changes within the Pack is the Program and the People. Taking what I learned within Wood Badge from the WE1-492-09 course and applying it, the program has greatly improved. I took my desires and dreams and worked to make it happen. Also, the Pack Committee. We went from basically a committee on paper to a very real hardworking Pack Committee. Our Committee Chair came in last year with bring us back to what a Pack should be. He also stated he wanted to do Six Service Projects. He championed many of them and enhanced others. We continue to grow because of the volunteers to give of their time and efforts.
Is the Pack perfect? Nope. Is it bad? Nope. Does it deliver the Scouting Promise? YES! We use the tools within Scouting to help us move forward and improve the Pack, Scouts and those who volunteers.
This year will be a ton of fun and I cannot wait to experience it with everyone.