Alive, Alert, Awake, Enthusiastic!!

Saturday was a terrific day of Scouting, let me recap it for you.

The day started with Training. Our District holds “Super Saturday Training” about 3 or 4 times a year, depending on what the Council activities look like.
Super Saturday training allows leaders to get their training done in one day (Expect Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters). The day starts with New Leader Essentials and moves on to Leader specific training. Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venture training is offered. Committee challenge and training for Chartered Organization Representatives take place during this time also.
Youth Protection, Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat are also training events offered during the Super Saturday of Training.
I am a trainer for the Scoutmaster/ASM specific training.
We had a great group of men that were Alive, Alert, Awake, and Enthusiastic about becoming Scoutmasters and Assistants. It was the first time since I have been a trainer that the entire group was new to being an Adult leader. There were three Eagle Scouts in the group, but the rest of the Adults were new to Scouting. I was impressed. It gave me a good feeling to know that the program is still attracting adults to leadership in Scouting.

The Training went great and at the end of the session the group divided up and became Patrols, got their menus planned for the overnighter and decided on gear etc. It gave us (the trainers) a great opportunity to present the coaching and mentoring of a Scoutmaster. What I find amazing is that as soon as they became a Patrol…they became 14 years old again.. in a good way..they started to really have fun!

After training, I went to a fundraiser for the Pack that I used to be the Cubmaster of. They held a BINGO night! It was great. They had lots of donated prizes which were fantastic. Nights at resort hotels on the beach, weekend packages in Sunriver, BB Guns, toys, games, lots and lots of great prizes… some for adults.. many for the boys. I even won a new Smoker!! A great time was had by everyone at the event and the Pack did very well raising funds for the Pack program.
The amount they made for the 4 hours of time invested definitely was worth the effort.

The Scouting day ended when I got home and two of my Scouting buddies from Green Bay were online and we chatted for an hour or so. Every time we chat I learn more about Scouting and understand clearer just how great this Scouting organization is.

Another Great Scouting Day.. Have yourself one!


  1. Our Council holds UNIVERSITY OF SOCUTING, and not accidentally at a local college campus. As the Unit Training Coordinator, I’ve spent much of the last 4 months raising awareness of the event. I am hoping for an excellent turn-out from our Troop next month.


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