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WHAT I’VE LEARNED
Bev Roddy
After a quarter-century in Scouting, why is this Cub Scout leader still training?
BEV RODDY BLEEDS BLUE AND GOLD. training five years ago, it’s prob- the right place with the program?
She has served in most pack positions, ably time to go again because the
led countless Cub Scout roundtables program has changed. I’ve also HOW CAN PACKS MAKE SCOUTING
and training courses, taught Cub found that periodically going to AFFORDABLE FOR FAMILIES DURING
Scout leaders at the Philmont Training training as a participant and not TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES? Be aware of
Center, and participated in Cub Scout as an instructor is kind of eye what your parents are capable of sup-
project teams for the national office. opening. To get in with new den porting. Don’t take the pack to Walt
In her spare time, Roddy works as a leaders, to work with them as Disney World; take them to a baseball
receptionist for the Capitol one of their group, recharges the game or to the zoo. And remember
FactSheet Area Council, answering fre- batteries. money-earning projects. Sell your
quent questions from fellow popcorn; you could pay for your
Bev Roddy
volunteers. TRAINERS AND ROUNDTABLE COM- whole year of Scouting.
SCOUTER SINCE: 1984
Recently, we caught up MISSIONERS DON’T ALWAYS SEE
HOME: Cedar Park,
with her to get a few more THE IMPACT OF THEIR WORK. BUT SOME PACKS STRUGGLE TO GET THEIR
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answers. YOU DID ONCE AT THE PHILMONT BOYS IN UNIFORM. ANY ADVICE? The
CURRENT POSITIONS:
Cub Scout roundtable
TRAINING CENTER. A lady came first time I went to Philmont, there
commissioner and
DURING MOST OF YOUR up to me and said, “I came to your was a trainer walking around in half a
district committee
SCOUTING CAREER, YOU’VE roundtable when I was a Tiger uniform. But she had split it vertically;
member in the
Capitol Area
FOCUSED ON LEADER TRAIN- Cub coach, and it was neat.” Then
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IMPORTANT? If you’re going the things she’d done in Scouting
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DAY JOB: Part-time
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to start a new job, whether it’s in the past six or seven years:
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Area Council, Austin,
salaried or volunteer, you have She’d become a den leader, done the blouse and jeans?” That was a very
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to have training. You can tell a day camp, organized a pow wow, If you always teach the same class at good example.
FAVORITE CAMP:
the packs that have trained restarted a troop. Then she looked at your outdoor training, try something
Philmont Scout Ranch
leaders. The boys are advanc- me with a big grin and said, “It’s all different. Keep learning. WHAT ELSE HAVE YOU LEARNED IN
PROUDEST MOMENTS
IN SCOUTING: Pinning
ing; they’re participating in your fault.” How many people did that SCOUTING? I’ve learned that little boys
Eagle Scout medals
district and council activities; one roundtable touch through her? It CHANGING JOBS OFTEN INVOLVES are neat. I’ve learned that Scout leaders
on her two sons’
they’re having fun; and the made me feel warm. HELPING TO FIND YOUR OWN REPLACE- are some of the best friends I’ve ever
uniforms
leaders are having a good time, MENT. HOW DO YOU DO THAT? Start had—a good class of people for the
too. It’s important to make YOU’VE BEEN INVOLVED IN SCOUTING eyeing your staff, the ones you have on most part. I have faith in the program.
sure the program is presented to the FOR 25 YEARS. HOW HAVE YOU your committee. You’ve got to know I saw what it did for my sons and for
boys in the way the BSA intended, not AVOIDED BURNOUT? Several times the person, know their abilities, and others in our troop, and I want it to
Scouting according to Joe. I’ve taken a step back. I haven’t totally see them in a bunch of different situa- continue, which is why I’m hanging
gotten out of Scouting, but I’ve cut tions and how they respond. Are they in there. And it’s fun. If it stops
IS A LEADER EVER FINISHED WITH way back on what I was volunteering dependable? Are they going to show being fun, then I’ll stop. But it hasn’t
TRAINING? Not really. If you went to to do. Changing jobs can also help. up every month at the right time and stopped being fun yet. ¿
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