About this Mom...
She is friendly to everyone in the pack and knows all of the scouts by name. She is always looking for ways to make improvements to the way that the pack runs so that the boys have the best time possible while scouting. Overall she is one of those people that really sticks out in your mind because she is willing to go the extra mile to make a difference to someone else.
What's It Like to Be a Scout Mom?
"Being a scout mom is busy. I work full time and I put a lot of time into scouting. It is also very rewarding. When I leave a great den meeting or Pack meeting, I feel like I have made a small difference in the scouts’ lives. I may have taught them something new or maybe just made them smile with a fun activity.
We always begin each den meeting with a sharing circle. Each scout holds the talking stick and shares something that has happened in their lives since the last den meeting. I want the boys to build friendships with their fellow scouting friends. My hope is if they have friends in scouting, they will continue with scouting and look forward to the time they can spend with their friends."
What do you like most about being a Scout mom?
"I love watching the boys run to the table, when they arrive, so they can see what we are doing. I love to teach them new things and to teach them how to be the best scouts they can be. Their smiles are the best. I have also met a lot of wonderful families. There have been several times, when I may need a friend or someone to help me and I can always rely on my scouting families for that.."
How has Scouting changed your relationship with your son?
"When my oldest son began scouting in 2008, as a tiger, I only attended 5 events all year. When he became a wolf, I volunteered to become the popcorn kernel. It was a big job, but it was the best and I continued to be the popcorn kernel for 5 years. I began to volunteer more and more and I began to meet all of the families in the Pack. I became the assistant den leader when my son became a Webelos I and then my youngest son joined scouting in 2013, as a tiger. I have been his den leader for 2 years and in 2014, I became the Committee Chair for the Pack.
I began volunteering more and more because I wanted the Pack to grow and to have fun together. My boys love getting out of the house and doing activities together as a family. I began organizing more events and my sons look forward to the time we spend together. My sons love knowing what we are doing at the meetings and most of the time they are helping me make things or organizing materials for the meetings. My oldest son is a big part of his younger brother’s den and I love watching them interact during the scouting events.
This past summer, I also volunteered to take 3 of the wolf scouts and my son to summer camp all week at Miakonda. I picked up each boy every morning, spent the whole day with the boys, and then drove them home. We had so much fun and I learned so much more about the boys. The car ride to camp and home from camp was very active, but the boys really enjoyed being together. That week with my son was a week I will never forget."
What would you tell a mom asking for your advice about becoming a Scout mom?
"My advice would be - to jump in. There are so many volunteering opportunities and the Pack can always use more help. The experience is very rewarding and there are always people to help you. I never imagined that I would be in the position I am in now and I do not regret one minute of the past 6 years that I have been involved with scouting."