Today I made arrangements for the Tiger den to visit our city's fire station. They'll go in a couple of weeks, and get it in juuuuust before the advancement ceremony a few days later. This has been a frustrating year for the Tiger den. We weren't able to find a leader for them. At one point we thought we had one. The grandfather of one of the boys had been a Scoutmaster, and had even gone to Wood Badge. He agreed to take leadership of the den after a planned vacation to Europe, but that's the last I've heard from him. One of the other leaders and I each have sons in the den, so we're making sure they at least have the chance to earn their rank (which at the Tiger level is pretty simple). The other guy's older son crossed over last March, and he said he's willing to take over this den when they start on their Wolf rank. I'm really looking forward to it, because it's is a great den. I can see these boys sticking with it long-term, as long we can get a routine going! We've already lost a couple of boys because of all this. On the one hand, it's hard to blame those families, but on the other, any one of them could have stepped up into the leadership role.
Our current Wolf den had 3 boys sign up, but no one would step up to be their leader, which frustrates me beyond words. I understand that there are legitimate reasons why a person couldn't be a den leader, but... oh well. Hopefully we recruit a new Wolf with a parent willing and able to step up. Or another volunteer comes from somewhere!
I just don't personally understand it. I'm a den leader for the Webelos I den, kind of running the Tiger den by default, I've just taken over as Cubmaster, and I'm the head coach for 3 soccer teams. I take personal offense when someone says they don't have time! I'm committed to some youth activity or another every day but Tuesday. I'm happy to do it, it's what I choose to do. But it just baffles when we have a pool of candidates that size and can't find a single volunteer. When my daughter was in first grade, I "had" to coach two soccer teams because the other team at her school in her age bracket couldn't find a coach. The parents of 11 girls were told that if they didn't get a volunteer that the girls wouldn't get to play. Still nothing. I felt bad and offered to take that team too. I'm no hero, but what the heck?! Where are the volunteers???