Old Scoutmasters never die, they just
smell that way become Committee Chair.
When last we left you, I was Scoutmaster in my ward troop and also the Boy Scout District Training Chair. After a wonderful week as a Course Co-Director for NYLT, I hoped to be able to be Course Director in 2012, but was waiting to find out if I would have the opportunity.
Wow, the changes a month can bring! First, I was asked to be the Stake High Councilor over Young Men/Scouting and sustained on September 11. As that precludes being Scoutmaster, the Assistant Scoutmaster was asked to be Scoutmaster and I became the Troop Committee Chair the next week on September 18. Meanwhile, on Saturday, September 17 I was asked to be a NYLT Course Director, and then Monday, September 19, I was asked to be the District Commissioner. It appears that both life and the Boy Scouts abhor a vacuum of time!
So now, I am recruiting constantly: As Troop Committee Chair, I recruit troop committee members; as NYLT Course Director I recruit staff and participants for the program; and, as District Commissioner, I recruit Unit Commissioners. Beware — I may be calling you!
This ends my five and a half year stint working directly with Boy Scouts as a Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster. I still am working with Scouts directly as the NYLT Director but it is not a weekly activity. I once again return to working with adults to try and get them to run the program to help out the boys.
Scoutmaster is one of those “jobs” that really becomes a self-identification and that has been a little bit hard to let go of. When the boys went camping last month, and I had nothing to do other than answer the new Scoutmaster’s questions, it felt odd not to be going. However, next year Thing Two starts Cub Scouts and I get to start all over again!
Triple Threat: New scoutmaster, visiting Japanese scoutmaster, old scoutmaster