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by mark ray WHAT I’VE LEARNED

Linda Case How the kids keep this Cub Scouter committed.

FactSheet Linda Case



Committee chair, Pack 459; unit commissioner, roundtable commissioner, and merit badge counselor, Warioto District; council training committee and Eagle Scout mentor, Middle Tennessee Council

DAY JOB: Retired research biologist, Department of Veterans Affairs

FAVORITE CAMP: Activities with family and friends at Boxwell Scout Reservation are some of my best memories.

PROUDEST MOMENTS IN SCOUTING: I have several, including being the first woman and the first Cub Scout leader to direct a Wood Badge course in the Middle Tennessee Council.

LINDA CASE JUMPED onto a moving train when she married a widowed father of three sons in 1986. The boys were 4, 6, and 8 years old; her new husband, John, was Webelos den leader and Cubmaster of Pack 459, and Linda was in for the ride of her life. A quarter-century later, the ride continues. The boys are grown, and John now works with Troop 459. But Linda remains the anchor of Pack 459, where she has served as Cubmaster, com- mittee chair, pack trainer, and den leader. Today, she’s the go-to person for Cub Scouting in her community and beyond. Beyond Cub Scouting, she has served as a unit commissioner, district commissioner, and merit badge counselor, and she has worked on six Wood Badge courses, including the one she led in 2005.

WHY HAVE YOU STAYED WITH YOUR SONS’ PACK SO LONG AFTER THEY MOVED ON? We had Cubmasters coming and going. I thought it was good for me to stay. My husband eventually moved on to being Scoutmaster within the troop. As I always tell him, I’m preparing boys to come to him.

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I GUESS YOU WOULD DISAGREE WITH THOSE WHO SAY THE REAL FUN IN SCOUTING STARTS IN A BOY SCOUT TROOP. Yes. Cub Scouting offers a thousand things to do. There’re another thousand things that Boy Scouts do. Cubs can’t do those things yet. Focus on what they can do. I tell everyone, “Cub Scouts is a great program to enjoy and not just something you tolerate until you can become a Boy Scout.”

WHAT MESSAGE DO YOU GIVE NEW PACK PARENTS? For me, it’s a matter of saying to new people who come in, “This is going to help your family. It’s going to help your boy grow up. You’re going to have a differ- ent child at the end of the Cub Scout program, and your family will be enriched by it.”

YOUR PACK MEETS AT A SCHOOL, BUT YOU CAN’T HOLD A TRADITIONAL SCHOOL NIGHT THERE. HOW DO YOU RECRUIT? We rely more heavily on peer-to-peer recruitment. We send out invitations with the kids, saying, “I’ve already got them filled out; all you have to do is put them in the little cubbies for your group.” Also, we’re at every park that has a field day with a booth set up. We’ve done things like set up a campsite outside school.

When you get a tent set up and some- one’s out there sitting in a chair, kids come by and ask.

HOW DO YOU PERSUADE NEW PACK PARENTS TO VOLUNTEER AND GET TRAINED? We try to set an example by volunteering ourselves. We have seasoned leaders who mentor the new leaders. We have a library of helpful books for them to check out. We’ll pay for registration or gas. If we’re selling pack T-shirts, and you’ve got three boys and you’re a leader, you get the shirts for free.


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