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Six months ago, I agreed to take on an enormous project. Since October or so, I've been having nightmares about it. They're sort of like those showing-up-at-high-school-in-your-birthday-suit nightmares. Total humiliation. Lack of preparation. Enormous break-downs. Lord, help me.
My son is a Cub Scout. As a result of his interests, and my husband's cajoling, I am a Scout Leader. Not long after I signed up, I had a conversation with my husband. It seems like it was right after a District Camping event. We were sitting there talking about how much fun we had had that weekend. I mentioned that I really admired the way that the District put on events. They were very enjoyable. I felt like I might want to help with them at some point in the future.
|Cub Scout Adventure Camp, 2008|
About a year later, I was asked to serve as the Cub Camping Chair for the Big Lick District. It has been a wild ride. I've had a blast. Now, I'm facing my biggest challenge yet.
|Spookoree Family Campout, 2010|
Camp Alta Mons
I am the Day Camp Director for 2011. Yikes! This is what I've been tossing and turning over. This is what I've narrowly survived doing in my dreams. This is the source of my anxiety.
At first, I attributed the nightmares to the fact that it seemed too early to start planning. I had too many other balls in the air for the moment. I had to get through introducing myself to my new den (I'm a Webelos Leader, too.) I had to get through Spookoree (the fall family campout). Then, there was Katie's birthday party. Not too long later, I had to survive Webelos to Woods in freezing temps with all 7 of my Webelos Scouts. Then, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's. Now is the time to start.
But, still, there's more to do in addition to planning Day Camp. Alex's birthday is quickly approaching, plus a Blue and Gold Banquet that I'm now planning, a Pack campout (again, planning), Gold Rush (district family campout), which I'm overseeing, and my den. Does it ever stop?
Yet, I'm hoping the anxiety and cold sweats will stop. We're starting to plan now. We had a meeting last night. I'm starting to line up volunteers. We may have a location. I'm going to camp school, where I can actually be trained to do all this stuff. Time for a deep breath.
Here's my plea to all my creative readers... The theme is CSI: Cub Scout Investigation. While I'm (thankfully) not also in charge of programming, I like to contribute what I can. Send me your best craft, game, or decorative ideas that match the theme. I would so appreciate it!
"I'm fed up and I'm not going to take it anymore!" by A. Starkey via a Creative Commons License
"hand prints" by timsnell via a Creative Commons License