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My son met a buddy a few years back. Eventually my wife and I met the parents of my son’s friend. As the father and I got to know each other, we talked about putting our boys into a cub scout program. We received some information that the church this other family attended had an upcoming recruitment night. We decided to check it out.
Knowing nothing about modern-day scouting, we soon learn that our boys would be Tiger cubs. The other father and I are sitting there to hear the scouting pitch. We look over to see the Tiger cub group. The cubs look like kindergartener in size. Our boys are 3″ to 4″ taller than this group. Strike one.
We’re still not sure what was happening other than the cubs and leaders were grouped up front while we sit in the back. The leaders give an hour long presentation. Our boys are restless. The leaders are holding what we later put together is a recruitment night slash Pack meeting. The problem is they are moving in and out of both without explanation. One minute we are the audience, the next we are left as spectators. What are they doing? Strike two.
The meeting ends with no information or close. Close as in closing the sell of recruitment night. The close that commits us as cub dads. Our sons as Tiger Cubs. The meeting simply ends. I’m interested in more info. Our boys would be ‘tall’ Tigers. We get that the Cubmaster is creative enough to combine a Pack meeting with a recruitment night. I wanted more information to join up so I approach a tan shirt leader whose head is buried in the screen of his Mac.
One quick inquiry leads to another and we learn what should have been announced at the very beginning of the meeting. Ready? He says, ‘This meeting was an in reach. Not an outreach.’ In other words, if you are not a member of this church, you cannot be a member of this Pack. My friend was a member. I was not. Strike three.
We decide to sit out a year, but the other dad and I continue to talk about getting our boys into scouting. A couple of months ago we joined another Pack in the same town. Our boys are well received as Wolf Cubs. Not a perfect intro, sell, or even close, but we are well received. We’re also height appropriate. We don’t have to join the church which charters the Pack. Can’t wait to meet the other pack at the community Derby.