is the Scout Troop for me!
I grew up in VA and was a member of both the Cub Pack and Boy Scout Troop 121, Stonewall Jackson Council, chartered by our church. Our troop folded while I was working on 1st Class. The Scoutmaster was pretty old and no other adult male wanted to take on the responsibility. Since we lived in a farming community, that didn't curtail our outdoor activity on iota. It did end my involvement with Scouting as a youth.
I have some old photos that I'll try to find and post on this thread.
Fast forward a few decades. We had just moved back to Dallas from Houston and our son was entering the 1st grade. On Scout Night at his elementary school (anyone remember those?) my wife volunteered to become a Tiger Cub leader and I was drafted as the only male willing to help out. The rest, as they say, is history.
I went on to become the Cub Master. Then I transitioned into the Boy Scouts with my son and served as a merit badge counselor, Assistant Scoutmaster, Scoutmaster, and Unit Commissioner for Troop 68, Highland Park United Methodist Church, Dallas. Along the way I attended Wood Badge 57 at Philmont Scout Ranch and earned my beads as well as attending the National Jamboree in 2001 and surviving a 100 mile trek at Philmont in 2003. I'm also an OA member.
My son earned his Eagle rank as well as serving as his Troop Quartermaster at the National Jamboree in 2001 and leading our Philmont trek in 2003. He also is an OA member and taught 1st Aid at Camporee for a couple of years.
I've been retired from Scouting for the last couple of years and working a bit with the Girl Scouts since my daughter has been involved.
But...I really miss camping. So, my best guess is that Scouting hasn't seen the last of me yet. :fedora:
Thanks for starting this thread! I needed a pick-me-up!