A couple days ago I wasn’t quite feeling it before a troop meeting. It wasn’t scouts per say but I was having trouble getting my khaki on in a spiritual sense. My friend Shawn suggested to teach the boys something new as a way to kick my slump.
We dedicated the “educational” portion of the meeting to learning how to tie a scout neckerchief with a friendship knot. You could say I’ve always been a bit of an Anglophile, especially when it comes to Scouting. When our troop adult leaders added the neckerchief to our uniform, another Scouter friend, Kiff, taught me from across the pond how to tie a friendship knot as is common by our English Scout brothers. I’ve been wearing it that way ever since. Thursday night I taught the Scouts how to tie the friendship knot and then they practiced tying it on each other.
Tonight our troop welcomed four new Arrow of Light scouts from Pack 83 at their Blue & Gold. When it was our turn at the ceremony to welcome them to our troop the boys crossed from their parents on one side if the stage to the troop on the other. The parents removed their cub scout neckerchiefs and as each one was asked by name to join his troop, one of our troop scouts would tie their new neckerchief on them with a friendship knot. While the ceremony was simple it was very well received.
It was great to see the pack thriving. Between scouts and families they were busting out of the venue a few years ago we’d had room to spare and then some. God willing that growth will continue to make the troop grow too. With the four that crossed tonight we’re in double digits for registrations for the first time in a long time.
I’m excited to see how the Phoenix patrol carries through on their “Lead Train Inspire”. As a small patrol they’ve definitely lived up to their namesake. There hasn’t been a challenge put to them yet they haven’t beat when they have a common goal in mind.