SM Minute—Pride and Goodbyes
“I’m proud of you guys.”
That’s all I could squeak out Sunday night in my final Scoutmaster Minute for Troop 25, Sioux Council, BSA.
See, I found a new job, back in Longs Peak Council of Colorado and Wyoming. I like what I do professionally, but this is a great opportunity. Frankly, it’s harder to leave behind my Troop after 5 years as Scoutmaster than my job of 8 years. Maybe that’s because I’m satisfied my work is done at my job, but there is so much I still wanted to accomplish with the boys in my troop.
I am proud of my guys. The boys my wife & I started into Tiger Cubs 8 years ago are filling out the Patrol Leaders Council now. Brodie and Nathan and Matt have grown through Wolves and Bears and Webelos, and are all First Class or Star Scouts now. Zach and Dylan are close behind, and my younger son earned his Tenderfoot at Summer Camp this year.
I was planning to talk about all the fun and adventures we’ve had the past 5 years—summer camp at Lewis & Clark and Camp Wilderness and winter camps at Lake Shetek. Klondike Derby and Ice Fishing Derby, hikes at state parks and swamping canoes among the leeches. All I could squeak out was, “I’m proud of you guys”
It’s easier knowing I’ve got—we’ve got—great Assistant Scoutmasters and Troop Committee members ready to step up. I kept my Troop Committee Chair in the loop when I applied for a new position (he agreed to be a reference), and we talked it out ahead of time. Our new Scoutmaster is ready for a seamless transition, and I will be eternally grateful for that.
So yes, Scouts and Scouters, I am proud of you. I’ll be scouting campsites up in the Big Horn mountains. Keep your Tour Permits up to date and we’ll see you Back at Gilwell.