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Lest We Forget

After attending 2 of our local Remembrance Day Ceremonies, the youth concluded that they didn’t like it. They like theĀ concept, but not the act of doing it. Why? They couldn’t hear anything or see anything. Being in a city, our services are packed. I’ve honestly never actually heard anything being said at a service aside from the firing of the canon, jets over-head and the trumpets. I totally understood what my Cub Scouts were saying.

We asked the Howlers Council a difficult question: “Then what do we do next year?”

A moment of silence. Another moment. One of the newer Cubs started to say something but stopped, saying it was stupid. Another one of the Howlers said that they’d like to hear.

“Have our own service?”

Done deal Cub Scout.

Cub Aged Youth Today

At the age of 9, most Cub Scouts are more so worried about the spelling test they have with words like “before”, “boxes”, “spell”, “laugh” and “mother”. These kids are in grades 1-3. The grade 2 curriculum is comprised of; Arts, Physical Education, Math, Science and Social Studies. Arts is pretty basic stuff. Physical Education, think playing soccer. Math is their addition and subtraction. Science is about animals and how relate to them. Social Studies is learning about Canada’s Traditions and Celebrations. While looking at it simply, this is what the base goal of a grade two’s education is.

Badges to the Left, Badges to the Right.. Badges Everywhere!

I was a shy kid growing up. There wasn’t anything super unique about me aside from being able to do math that was 2 years above my grade with ease (which kind of made me a bigger outcast than I already was). I didn’t have any friends, if any. I enjoyed homework because I could get good marks and see an achievement I’ve made. Super minor in the grand scheme of things, but it was still something I achieved.

Cub Scout Benjamin from WinnipegToday’s youth are no different.

“But I don’t wanna!”

Disengaged YouthYou know how every week Zak is sitting out and being disengaged? How he pokes at Jimmy to upset him? How he does everything he can to get on your nerves?

Well, it’s not his fault. Nor is it yours. Sometimes, Cubs or Beavers don’t know how to articulate things that embarrass them. If you watch carefully, they will be engaged for a short while and then something will turn them away. When I was a Scouter at the HIghlanders, there was a youth who loved everything that was Cub Scouts but acted out, was rude, sit out during games and be disruptive.

Put Some Ice On It

As a section lead, I take pride in the time I get with the Cubs. Interacting with them, listening to them babble and having them do a surprise/secret badge test without them knowing.

Ice Skating with Cub Scouts

Ice Skating with Cub Scouts, the first ones onto the ice.

And that’s why nights like Ice Skating are a struggle for me. Normally I’m first one on the ice and the last one off. Gliding around and falling down with the rest of them. But not on this trip. This trip, I stayed off the ice. And it hurt more than ripping off a band-aid from the forearm.