Well gang, this is it.
The decision has been made, papers have been signed, and it's time for your loyal TriSec to move on to bigger and better things.
It's been a great run these past few years, and I've accomplished much....more than I ever dreamed I could do with this role. I've met people, influenced youth, and made a name for myself throughout this city.
That's right....later this evening will be my last official event as Cubmaster of Pack 250.
(you thought I meant the blog? Pshaw - I'm not going anywhere.)
Actually, I'm not going anywhere from the Pack, either. I've already accepted the role of Pack Trainer, and I have one non-graduating Webelos scout left, so I'll be cycling back through to make sure he gets his last full year too.
It's been quite the journey...I've been with this pack for almost 15 years, which is unheard of in scouting circles. It's the nature of the program; parents join with their scouts in 1st grade, climb the ladder with their boys, and everyone graduates out after 5th grade to the Scout troop.
I didn't. I came in without a child in the program...somehow acquired one along the way, and never quite got around to that graduation thing. Looking back 5 years now, 9 scouts joined with Javi for a den of 10 boys. Over time, some have come and gone, leaving me with a core of 5 boys that have been together through the entire Cub Scout program. All five of those boys earned Arrow of Light
, which is the highest award in Cub Scouting, and will be receiving those badges tonight at our Blue & Gold banquet.
Four years ago when I became Cubmaster, I knew it was temporary; my intention always was to stay with it until Javi aged out, and graduate with him to the Troop. Now that it's actually happening, it's a bit bittersweet. I really like being Cubmaster. But there's already folks in the pipeline behind me, and all the committee's hard work over the past 3 years have given us a healthy unit, strong leaders in the key 3 roles, and great contacts all across this city for future recruiting and resources. It's been a lot of hard work, but I believe I am leaving behind the healthiest, and indeed the best, Cub Scout Pack in the city.
But after all that, I'm not actually going to the Troop. Nay, I've just accepted a new role at the District Level; I'm the new Training Chairman for our district, which covers a number of cities and towns along the Charles River area. As my Woodbadge Scoutmaster pointed out recently...it's great to help the boys at an individual level with the units, but the real influence is at District and Council. You can change maybe 20 boy's lives at your Pack. But if you train other adults, that increases exponentially; those leaders in turn train other leaders, and by the time the final accounting is done, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of youth's lives that can be influenced for the better because of your guidance.
I like that a lot.
So with Papa Trisec (Cubmaster Emeritus, Pack 61 Saugus) in attendence, and the Mayor, and some Council bigwigs tonight....we award our boys the highest award in all of Cub Scouting, and graduate them on to the Big Game. I hope we'll be back here again to advise you of an Eagle Ceremony in a few years.