Ever have that one person that just wants to make you better than you are at something? I showed up at a Join Night back in 2008 and somehow figured out I wanted to be a Tiger Den Leader. But I did not know it at the time. The guy ahead of me in Wolves knew what he was doing. He attained Eagle Scout back in the Day and now was a Den Leader. Ok, he knows something. He showed me a few things and I was amazed at how organized he was. He planned every meeting and kept really good records. In Excel Files he made! The one night in almost June, the current Cubmaster had us all in a meeting and said he was stepping down. My friend nudged me and said “You would be great!” Really? Me? I blame him.
With the five or so years we were in the Pack together, we had a lot of fun. I never had to worry about him or the Scouts under his care. He and I along with another parent who was my Wolf & Bear Den Leader figured out how to get all the Scouts the 2010 Awards provided by National and Council. Coupled with my Wood Badge Ticket we planned it all out. Every Scout got every Patch! Better yet…they had a lot of fun.
I would take many of his ideas of what he did with the Den and use it for other Dens. He would share all the ideas. I marveled that he did the Art Beltloop. Not just painting, but with Clay.
We did take several of the boys in our Dens on outings. One was to Mt Tabor and we worked with Ham Radio as well as a Nature Hike. He was great with nature and birds. I also tagged along to the Wapiti District at the time for their Webelos Woods. Both of us got our ITOLS, OWLS and BALOO training that weekend.
I always looked to him for inspiration. I even thought one time he would be great at the Pack Advancement Chair. Something he deflected all the time. He was good at that. Doing what he wanted to do but making sure it was done right.
We kept in contact and we would see each other at Scout functions. Always at University of Scouting. I was able to get him a few of the Cubscout Leadership Knots. Well, he got them, I just put in the paperwork.
On his final year and Pack meeting I was able to give him the Unit Scouter of the Year Award for the Pack for all his work. He was that type of guy. He did not seek the limelight, but had a lot of fun.
Today, I found out that he lost his battle with Cancer. It has hit me like a ton of bricks. He is one of the great Scouters that pushed me to be better. He pushed me to be the Cubmaster of Pack 221. He will be missed in so many different and wonderful ways.
I will miss him. He left a legacy.