It’s hard for me to believe, but after eight years of being a Cub Scout Den Leader tonight I was prepping for my last Den meeting. I’m continually amazed by how quickly time flies.
In getting ready for the meeting I wanted to have as much of my old scouting stuff as possible for the boys to see. This last meeting is focused on becoming a Boy Scout and I thought it’d be great to have something in hand to show the boys as examples. Just like yesterday, this meant digging up an old box of goodies from the basement.
I felt a little like Indiana Jones opening up a treasure chest. I opened the red plastic pencil box from the early 80s that contains so many little mementos. In that box I found most of what I was looking for and a quick search of the tote it was in ended in success as I found a few other materials.
Smiling, I laid it all out on the table and went through the mental checklist of what I was looking for to share with the boys tomorrow night. This list included merit badges, rank badges, Order of the Arrow stuff, Scout books, and my Eagle project info. Looking at all of it in front of me I just kept grinning and had about a thousand memories playing through my mind. Those memories also prompted me to search for some old pictures as well… but I’ll save those for a different blog 😉. Pretty sure I have enough fuel for about three or four future blogs from tonight!
I am so thankful for taking the time to dig out all of these goodies from the past for the meeting tomorrow. Not only did it bring a ton of joy to my life today, but it has fueled my passion for Scouting to share with the boys tomorrow.