Cub Scout Leader: Compelled, committed or both?

Would you be a Scout leader if it wasn't an assignment from your Mormon bishop?

It's a valid question — one I asked myself after a recent conversation with a high councilor in our stake.

To examine my present commitment to Cub Scouts, I looked at my past that includes years as a volunteer Girl Scout leader when my daughters were in elementary school. We held productive weekly meetings, sold cookies by the truckload and earned enough patches to fill those little brown vests. All my daughters stopped attending Girl Scouts when they started attending Primary Achievement Day activities at church.

When my only boy turned 8, I wanted him to follow in the footsteps of his Eagle Scout father and knew the trail to success started with Cubs. I also knew if I wanted the experience for my son done right, I'd better do it myself.

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