I am also,currently the District Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner for Whispering Pines.
The BSA council I am a part of is the Greater Western Reserve Council, which includes all or part of 6 counties in northeast Ohio. My district within the GWRC is Whispering Pines, encompassing all of Mahoning county, and the city and township of Hubbard. There is a story behind our district's name. Several years ago, we merged two districts, and sought to come up with a new name that would not be a continuation of the name of either of the exsisting names. It was decided that the best way to do this was to hold a contest among the youth of our units, asking them to suggest our new name. One Bear Cub Scout told his mom that he wanted to choose a name that was fitting, and asked if she would take him to our local Scout Reservation, Camp Stambaugh, to reflect on what his choice should be. While walking along the piney paths, he commented that it sounded like the trees were whispering to him, the idea intrigued him. When he submitted his suggestion, he wrote a note explaining why he thought the concept of pine trees whispering to scouts as they enjoyed nature was appropriate. His heartfelt discription of how he felt walking in our camp was the deciding factor in our selecting the name, Whispering Pines.
My younger son, Eric is a member of Troop 55 in Youngstown. He has a neurological disorder called Tourettes Syndrome which at times has made finding a suitable home for him in scouting difficult. He loves scouting, but often requires a level of supervision and understanding due to his disorders that can be frustrating. One of his biggest problems is not being able finish what he starts, resulting in his not advancing thru the ranks or completing many of the merit badges he starts. Still, he enjoys the overall program, and while he may never earn his Eagle, he is benefiting from being a Scout.
Even thought I no longer have a Cub aged boy of my own, I really enjoy working with the younger scouts. I get immense satisfaction in seeing a boy's face light up when he realizes that he was able to do something or come up with an idea, he didn't think he was capable of. It is the "Do You Best" aspect of Cub Scouting that I find the most important, as it gives each boy a chance to shine and grow at his own rate, and not at someone else's preconceived notion. Cub Scouting can be an important step in building a boy's self-esteem, as children who didn't think they could achieve, learn that they can.
I am known as the "Song Lady" in my district, as I have no shame in getting up and making a fool of myself as a song leader, and I write lyrics to songs for all occasions. If you go to the links below, you can check out some of my songs and other songs that may be of interest to Scouters. Initially thought, I will be concentrating mostly my own lyrics, as they are not available to you anywhere else. I will be adding a lot more songs from all over as I get my pages polished.
I have joined the Cub Scout Webring, and I hope you will visit the sites there in addition to the other Scouting links I have provided below.
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