Scouting, Volume 82, Number 2, March-April 1994 Page: 38
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By Charlott Hoick
Illustration by Sandy Kossin
Almost 20 years ago my
boys first dragged me onto the
Scouting trail. They had come
home from school all excited
about being Cub Scouts, so I joined the
one-den pack with them.
Teaching is my thing, and I enjoyed
attending and helping at all the meet-
ings. By the next year we had enough
boys for a second den. Everyone but
me wanted me to be its den mother
(that's what we called a den leader
My family and I were doing all the
work to build our own home at the
time. Only the basic interior framing
was finished, plus a kitchen and bath-
room. I didn't have time to be a den
mother, and I certainly didn't have a
presentable house in which to hold
meetings. But I became the den moth-
Those boys and I enjoyed lots of
good times together. I always chal-
lenged them as much as possible. We
did not do crafts just to do crafts. Some
seasonal projects we put in a nursing
home, before the boys got to take them
home. That way the residents also got
some enjoyment out of them. Our boys
learned to hammer, drill, and saw, ac-
tivities that made them feel as if they
were headed for manhood, not doing
sissy crafts just for busy work.
Once, after a field trip during which I
was ashamed of their behavior, we had
a very serious candle-lighting ceremo-
ny. We reviewed the Law of the Pack
and the responsibilities that being a
Scout imply. I pointed out that they
should not see Scouting just as an or-
ganization to have fan. It also involves
a commitment to high standards of be-
havior. The ceremony served me well
and made a lasting impression.
At den meetings I always planned
more than we could do. That doesn't
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