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Cub Scout Pack 824
(Glendale, Arizona)
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You Might Be A Scout Leader If...

• You spend more time at the craft store than the sporting goods store.

• You can’t throw or give anything away because you might use it for a meeting one day.

• You pack your car with meeting supplies so full that there’s not enough room for your son.

• You wonder why “signs-up” doesn’t work at home.

• You spend your day thinking about kerchief slides.

• You read Boy’s Life more than your son.

• You meal-plan for your next campout as soon as you get home from a campout.

• Your patch collection rivals your son’s collection.

• You can’t wait for the next Baloo’s Bugle to be published.

• When someone says “Family vacation to get away from it all”, you think “pack campout” or “council family campout”.

• You enjoy wearing cotton/polyester blends.

• You use the following when you speak: UC, CM, CC, DE, CLS, YPG, GSS, COR.

• When you see a group of boys, you immediately think “recruits”.

• Your biggest wardrobe decision lately: bolo tie or kerchief.

• You know what the 11th essential is.

• You’re waiting for National to create more training classes since you’ve taken all the current ones.

• You always have one or two songs ready to go at all times.

• You just don’t understand why people aren’t as into Scouting as you are.

• Your morning ritual: read the newspaper and read Scouting blogs.

• Your garage and/or home office are filled with Scouting stuff.

• Not only do you know your knots, you can tie them backwards while teaching them.

• You know how many degrees a charcoal burns.

• You NEVER do Scouting things at work.

• You wear more than one hat in the pack.

• You or someone you know owns a drill press and/or a band saw.

• Your favorite colors are blue and gold.

• You get more Scouting-related e-mail than personal e-mail or spam.

• You would choose Philmont over Hawaii for your summer vacation.

• Give you some felt, pipe cleaners, and a glue gun and you are MacGyver.

• Most of your browser’s bookmarks/favorites are comprised of scouting links and/or project ideas.

• The idea of a campfire without songs is as foreign to you as going more than a week without saying, “And don’t forget your books next week!”

• Kids flock to you like seagulls to bread crusts… and you can face the hungry little flock without fear showing on your face.

• “Date night” = Round Table with your spouse.

• You solicit donations of things like 35mm film canisters, Tic-Tac boxes, & empty oatmeal boxes.

• You begin to wear blue and bright yellow more than any other colors in your wardrobe… except maybe tan.

• At birthday parties, class volunteering, and other events where large amounts of kids are present, you have to restrain yourself from making the Scout Sign to try to get the kids to settle and listen.

• You have had occasion to say with excitement, “Ooh, that’s a great idea for a skit!”

• You can think up a fun game to play on the spur of the moment with only a shoddy bean bag, a hula hoop, and a spare neckerchief for props.

• Your license plate says AKELA, CUBS, BSA4EVR, or WEBELOS.

• You collect Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos books.

• Your book case is filled with Pow Wow books and Program Helps.

• You need more space on your computer for clip art.

• You are at home alone with your kids and you start worry about two deep leadership.

• You refer to snack time at home as ‘cracker barrel’.

• You don’t have a problem with wearing the green Scout socks anytime.

• You secretly wish the national colors were blue and gold.

• You count Cubs to go to bed at night.

• You sit and wait for your wife to say ‘thank you’ before you will give her a kitchen knife.

• Your crayon/paint sets are missing all the blue and yellows.

• You wonder if you can get an order of just blue and yellow crayons/paint.

• You have a drawer of adventure loops, pins, and advancements, ‘just in case’ someone forgot to tell you about one (and another for old egg cartons, another for soup cans, and another for rubber bands, string, and rope).

• You think you could make a fortune renting a Pine Wood Derby track.

• You realize that the Space Derby and the Rain Gutter Regatta are a weak replacement for the Pine Wood Derby that everyone would rather do anyway.

• You have a box of junk that the last leader gave you that you cannot throw away in case the feather, book, boondoggle, leather string, fishing line, 8 year old tape, and faded ribbons actually come in handy.

• You can name all the Cub Scout-related knots.

• You dream of being a commissioner or serving on a Roundtable staff.

• The highlight of your summer is Cub camp/day camp/Webelos Encampment.

• You cry when your boys cross over.

• You cry when new boys come in.

• You cry when they get awards.

• Most of your wardrobe is olive drab or khaki.

• You have holes in the pockets of your jeans from carrying a pocket knife.

• You begin to think half frozen French fries don't taste all that bad.

• You keep a bucket of water by your side while cooking dinner.

• You spontaneously break into strange songs in public.

• You can stare at a spider web for an hour, and not notice the time passing.

• You carry your own toilet paper wherever you go

• You always read by a flashlight.

• Your radio is always tuned to the weather station.

• You hoard tent stakes.

• You wear 2 pairs of socks to bed.

• You keep a lantern hanging outside your bathroom door.

• You sleep under a trash bag.

• You cannot walk by a piece of trash without picking it up.

• You carry a duffle bag size first-aid kit in your car.

• You always have hat hair.

• You continue to wear it until it stands on its own.

• You're always counting how many matches you have left.

• You know all the words to "Little Bunny Foo-Foo", but can't remember where you left your briefcase.

• You see paint samples in a store and immediately want to name things in nature with the same colors.

• Your pots and pans are all black.

• You roast a mini-marshmallows on a paper clip over a candle; then put it on a golden graham with one square of chocolate, just to get the flavor.

• You always cook enough food for twelve.

• Pie iron pizzas is the best meal you've had all week.

• You always have a cup hooked to your belt.

• All your clothes have little pieces of egg stuck on them.

• You own little bits of every color felt.

• You open letters with a pocket knife.

• You have something on your shoe...and you're sure it's only mud.

• You eat ants on a log and like it.

• You wear bread bags on your feet.

• You know 365 one pot meals.

• Your "microwave" is a box wrapped in foil.

• When opening large gifts, you wonder if you have a piece of foil large enough to cover the box.

• You buy your shampoo in little tiny bottles.

• You order pizzas 14 at a time.

• You have to urge to help little old ladies...whether they want it or not.

• Everything in your cupboard says "instant, just add water".

• Your neighbors hide when they see you going door to door with "that order form" again.

• You have to go to the restroom and you start looking for a buddy.

• You really do use those emergency sewing kits.

• You can’t bear to throw away recyclables that could be used for den projects.

• Everyone you know gives you their worn out flags for retirement.

• When you see inappropriate behavior you have an urge to quote the pertinent part of the Scout Law to the offender.

Collected from:

With additions from Pack 824 leaders.