I have been active with Girls Camp now for 5 of the last 6 years. I love it despite the stress and work it takes to prepare for a week with teenage girls. It helps me get my fill of girls and reminds me that I'm grateful to have 3 boys and that I don't have to deal with hormones! :) Despite my love for the other women I work with and the girls I serve, it's time to face a new phase in my life.
With 3 boys it was inevitable that I would end up serving in Cub Scouts at some point. I remember when Brad was 3 and Wyatt was 1 and Jake was a den leader. I made the statement that I never wanted to serve in Cub Scouts (but in the back of my mind I knew I couldn't avoid it with sons).
Brad has been involved now for 2 years. I decided to help out with our counsel's Twilight Camp (evening camp for all Cub Scout aged boys) this summer. It was nothing major, I just took on a craft project, helped check boys in and out and assisted wherever needed. During that week I had heard rumor that the Program Director was looking to retire and needed someone to fill her shoes. I consciously thought that I would not do something like that to add more stress to my life but instantly found myself talking to the Camp Director about it. (Why do I do it to myself???)
I reluctantly talked to Jake about my idea of being the Program Director because I wasn't sure how he would react to me being involved in one more thing. I explained that my role would be to come up with and execute the daily activities of camp. Surprisingly he was indifferent to my involvement. I later learned that I would need to go through a weekend training and commit to serve as Director for 5 years. As I continued to ponder and pray whether I should take on this task, I kept feeling a bit conflicted.
Finally I realized what the issue was - Girls Camp. I knew that if I committed myself to Program Director I would have to give up Girls Camp. After praying one night for a confirmation of my feelings, it popped into my head that I needed to be where my children were - in Cub Scouts. Once that thought entered my mind, I have had no problems with saying goodbye to Girls Camp.
Sure I will miss my friends and the girls, but I'll make new friends and I'll have a whole slew of boys. Since this decision I have jumped into Scouting with both feet. I am currently trying to organize our pack so that it runs more smoothly with more parental involvement. I also plan to attend Wood Badge training this spring!
I look forward to learning and growing with my 3 boys. I am excited as I embark on this new phase of life!!!