But It’s Just One Hour… Right?

Eleven years ago this month I was invested as a brand new shiny out of the box Scout Leader. And like most things I threw myself into it wholeheartedly. I’ve had lots of fun along the way and it hardly seems as thought eleven years have gone past.

Last week I was speaking with a newer leader and she was telling me about all of her commitments to Scouting in the upcoming weeks. Nodding I could completely understand what she was going through. Then I was struck by a thought. Vaguely I could recall somewhere back in time someone telling me that being a Scouter involved just one hour a week, but I wasn’t actually sure.

downloadThis statement is like the urban legend of Scouting. Nobody can actually name who said it to them or where they heard it from. But… they are absolutely positively certain that it could have been the Troop Scouter of their friend’s friend that is in the Group on the other side of town… maybe!

If it was ever really told to me, it most certainly in the form of a joke. If all there was to being a leader fit inside a one hour period, what kind of program would Scouting be? Not one that I would want to be apart of that’s for sure. Yes the hours can be long, but for the most part they are a labor of love. Think about the smiling faces at a camp or event and you’ll agree I’m sure.

I going to end this  post with the words to Scouting song that I think applies very well to this topic.

Scouting’s – “Where Oh Where Are You Tonight”

Sung to melody of “Where Oh Where Are You Tonight”

Where, oh where, are you tonight?
Why did you leave me here all alone?
I fixed the kids dinner and they are in bed now.
Since you found Scouting, you’re never at home.

When I started Scouting, all they ever told me
Was “Go with the boys, and have lots of fun.”
Now all that I do is go to Scout meetings.
It seems like I’m always the one on the run.

Where, oh where, are you tonight?
Why did you leave me here all alone?
I fixed the kids dinner and they are in bed now.
Since you found Scouting, you’re never at home.

One day I was told to try basic training.
I went ‘cuz it sounded like lots of fun.
Now I am in charge of all of the training.
Oh, Heaven help me! Now what have I done!!??!!

Where, oh where, are you tonight?
Why did you leave me here all alone?
So sorry you missed your kid’s graduation.
Maybe his wedding will bring you back home.

Woodbadge was something that I’d never heard of.
Worked for those beads ’till blue in my face.
One day I came home and she was spring cleaning:
She threw out those beads on that old shoelace!!

Where, oh where, are you tonight?
Your oldest daughter just had her first son.
Should I tell her now of all that’s she’s in for?
Her life in Scouting has only begun.

Where, oh where, are you tonight?
Why did you leave me here all alone?
I fixed the kids dinner and they are in bed now.
Since you found Scouting, you’re never at home.

So thanks to all those Scouters out there. It’s your time and effort that makes the Scouting program so great! Oh and I have a theory about that “one hour”, it is actually the time spent not Scouting in a week.

Until next time…

Be safe, be prepared, and keep Scouting!

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