Pack 170 Memories
To the Editor:
My son and I have been lucky enough for the last five years to be a part of Pack 170, here in Sandy Hook. I volunteered to be a den leader when I signed my son up back in first grade thinking this will be easy enough. As with most of my predecessors before me, when I got the first Tiger Cub Scout Handbook and saw the amount of requirements and belt loops and badges that these boys needed to accomplish in their first year, I stood and stared at it for hours like a deer in headlights, thinking “What did I just sign up for?”
There was no backing out now – if there were no leaders then there would be no den – we couldn’t have that now could we! So it became a ritual every year in my household when we got the new handbook for the following year, where I would look at it and say “Aaaaargh – where am I going to find the time to do all this….. How am I going to teach the boys all this stuff (half of which was new to me, too) and sound like I knew what I was talking about?” In the end, I would call another leader and my nerves would be restored and all I had to remember that the most important thing was that the boys would have fun and if they learnt/remembered anything on the journey then that would be a bonus.
Well, over the last few years we did have a lot of fun and we learnt a lot of things (bonus!), but we had tears and tough times too. And with those tough times, leaders shine and I cannot think of a more amazing and inspiring bunch of leaders, families and kids to have been surrounded by during the aftermath of 12/14.
I thank Pack 170 for all the amazing fun times – camp outs (Cullens/Deer Lake), rocket launches, Pinewood Derbies, bonfire and hay rides, sleepovers on battleships/museums/armories, carol singing, community clean ups, space derbies, raingutter regattas, getting pied in the face and for the Penguin Song.
I thank Pack 170 and the Connecticut Yankee Council for all the strength and support it provided when we needed it the most – they were there whenever they were needed.
But most of all I thank Pack 170 for the most amazing families and friendships that both my son and I have made over the last five years.
We will miss you and thank you for preparing us for the road ahead with the Boy Scouts.
Yours in Scouting
Pack 170 – Den 5
186 Berkshire Road, Sandy Hook February 2, 2015