November is a great month to reflect on how blessed we all are. We live in a truly amazing time. Technology has made the world smaller, with instant communications to fresh fruit in winter. At the same time, new challenges face us in this new world, and we are thankful for those that serve to protect our life & liberty.
As a district, we are trying to encourage more cooperation between units. This weekend, pack 323, 324 and 372 all got together to do a food drive. We donated about 1500-1600 items to one pantry, and another 400-500 items to another. Each time we do a project like this we learn something new. One woman brought us an entire bag of groceries and stated, “if I can have fresh strawberries and blueberries on my cereal, I can donate groceries to people who need them.”
Another mom came to find out what she could donate, her son a Scout in our Pack. This Scout and I were talking about the pantry where we donate. He said that on several occasions he had been to that pantry with his mom to get food, and thought what we were doing was a good thing.
I think the lesson for our boys is that we are all at different places in life. We all have much to be thankful for, but at the same time life sometimes deals us a bad hand. We’re not doing what we do for “them,” we do it for all of “us.”
I am thankful for all of you in our Scouting program. The wisdom of an African proverb says that it takes a village to raise a child. In Cub Scouts we say that the Pack helps the Cub Scout grow. When we teach our children well; when we lead by good example, we create goodwill and a better world we can all be thankful for.
Speaking of thanks, special thanks to Bill Gullifer and William who brought and packed the trailer, and braved the cold all day to make this happen. Thank you to everyone who helped!