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September 23, 2014, by Linda Presley

All hands on deck at Cross Timbers

As a professional I see a lot of the same faces at meetings, events, council, and etcetera; these “usual suspects” are the ones I reach out to first for help. They are the award recipients at the district banquet, each bares a silver beaver awarded sometime between 1975 and 2014, all decorated in a cornucopia of knots. But, sometimes between the errands to the 27 rallies/open houses and the hustling of the ever-present FOS donor prospect, a new star is born.

A few weeks back I was scheduling the rallies, delivering the flyers, putting up the yard signs, and submitting the permits with the schools- very exhausting but such is life. I received a text from an unfamiliar number asking for colorful flyers with the advertisement for an event at the local park to rally the kids from the neighboring schools. I thought to myself, “What is this? Some unbribed, grass-rooted initiative coming from a busy family who sees the good scouting does for their kids!” I couldn’t have been more correct. Sometimes we forget the most basic rules of society: It takes a village to raise a child, and many hands make light work. This ex-Cub Master’s spouse saw many WEBELOS transition out of their pack and into a troop this last spring. She witnessed so much inherent good in the program and the children that had become outstanding young men in Boy Scouts that she decided to take initiative and pull off something a professional dreams of pulling off. Twenty four children showed up from schools that wouldn’t even talk to me that she was able to get access to, from the public schools, and from the church. I saw scouting signs all over Pioneer Parkway, Arkansas, and Dalworthington Gardens.

There are packs out there struggling to get along and this pack was almost to that point with so many WEBELOS entering Boy Scout-hood. It takes one selfless push, a great program, and never giving up to remind everyone why we are doing what we are doing: we are the village, all hands on deck, working together to raise the children of our district.

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