When I was younger I went to Brownies. I loved earning my badges and being with friends learning new skills. I remember one night my dad (ex scout leader) came in to teach us all how to tie knots. We went Camping and I remember a lot of fun activities. There was so much fun that when Jack was old enough I wanted him to join too! When he turned 6 another mummy and I tried to get our boys enrolled in to Beavers. We struggled to get in touch with someone and eventually we decided we would wait until they were old enough for Cubs. Well that time arrived!
Jack’s best friend J’s mummy ( a bit of a mouthful!) finally got in touch with whom we needed to, to get the boys enrolled. We told the boys they were going to be going cubs and they even roped in another couple of friends too. They were all excited. Jack was excited! The first night came and although he became apprehensive when we arrived he walked in.
The first night went so slow for me. I could tell when I dropped him off he was nervous. When I collected him he was in tears! He came running out arms flung open and fell into me crying. He said he didn’t like it and he never wanted to go back. Deep down I was gutted I knew these were first night worries and that he would enjoy it. But I was also well aware that I didn’t want to pressure him into going either. I wanted this to be Jack’s decision not mine.
The following week I asked Jack if he wanted to go back and he said no. I wanted to try and get to the reason why he didn’t want to go back but all he was saying was he didn’t know. We spoke about what his friends thought and we managed to talk about the following week. He was adamant he didn’t want to go back so he missed it.
The week after I asked Jack about going back. To my surprise he said he wanted too. We walked there early and he was really excited to see his friends again. When we walked in I spoke to his leader (akeela) and mentioned Jack was a little uneasy and would he be able to stay with a friend. They had split them into different groups on the first week and Jack didn’t know anyone. She was so accommodating and he was happy to stay. That was until another adult had very loudly asked them all to get into pack which caught him off guard and he became upset again. But he stayed.
Invested into Cubs
On Jack’s 4th week we were told that if he wanted to they could now invest him into cubs. Making him an invested member of the scout movement. At this point Jack was so excited. I tried to explain to him that it meant this was something he now had to commit too, that being invested meant he would have a certain level of responsibility. He wanted to join Cubs!
So that weekend off we went to go and get his uniform! and get him invested!
On 20th June 2017 Jack and his 2 friends J and C were all invested!