Sunday, April 17, 2011

100 Days of Scouting - Day 14

Today was our pack meeting.  Master Fry and some of his students did a Taekwondo demonstration, and taught the Scouts and siblings a few basic things.

Master Fry and some of his students.
One of our own breaks his first board!
Wow!  Nothing to add.

Master Fry did an excellent job of tying the values of Scouting and Taekwondo together.   He talked about discipline, respect, and working toward goals.  He especially focused on keeping yourself safe, and how to react if you find yourself in a dangerous situation.  I don't think I've ever seen the boys sit still for so long!  One of the best non-"event" (derby, etc.) meetings we've ever had.  We were thankful that they shared their time and talent with us.

I'm also putting the finishing touches on our pack's new Hiking Club.  I've seen (via the internet) what some other packs have done, and I'm really looking forward to getting our pack started with monthly hikes (at a minimum) at the end of the month.  I'll share our plan once it's finalized, but we still have a couple of last things to work out.  Mainly, can you only earn miles on a "pack" hike, and will we track family members' miles?  I'm leaning toward "yes" for both - it must be on a pack hike, and we will track everyone's miles - but I want to talk it over with the other leaders to get their input.  I'm afraid that if we count miles on non-pack hikes, things could get out of control.  I also want to encourage more involvement at the pack level.  We have a lot of Scouts who attend den meetings, but not pack meetings.  I'm also thinking that non-Scouts will need to pay for their own recognition items.  What do you think?  Does your pack have a hiking club that tracks miles and gives recognition?  What do you suggest?

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