Speaking of which, anyone who knows of Scouts 18 or older who need a summer job, Philmont is still trying to fill '07 positions. Info and applications are at the website.
Cub Scout, 1960 - 1963, Pack 29, Franklin MA
Boy Scout, 1963 - 1967, Troop 33, Franklin MA
1967 - 1972, Troop 346, Oak Forest, IL
Life Rank, PL, SPL, JASM, OA Ordeal, Camp Staff at Camp Child, Buzzards Bay, MA and Owassippe Scout Reservation, Whitehall, MI, High Adventure Matagamon Canoe Base, Maine
Cubmaster, 9/92 - 3/97, Pack 69, Burr Ridge, IL
Scoutmaster 3/97- 8/04, Troop 69, Burr Ridge, IL
Asst. SM 8/04 - Present, Troop 69
Committee Member, 3/97 - Present, Pack 69
Advisor, Crew 69 - Just started
District Committee at large, 2000 - 2005
District Commissioner 2005 - Present
"... and a good old Eagle, too" C-19-96
"... and a good old Staffer, too" C-31-04
OA Brotherhood, 1994
Event Director, Klondike Camporee, 2001 - 2005
But most importantly, my son is a member of the Eagle Class of 2004.
A couple of you mentioned that you are just starting out. When my son started in his Cub Scout Pack I started out as Cubmaster, as the previous Cubmaster had quit after being inactive for months and my wife had blabbed that I'd been a Boy Scout. When my son was old enough to become a Boy Scout there was no Troop 69, so we started one. I say this to let you know that you can start from the beginning and still have a great time and do a great job. The kids will forgive your mistakes (and will probably enjoy them!). Keep up your Scout spirit and you'll do fine. Take the training, read the manual, go on the campouts and the activities (hey, build your own Pinewood Derby car!) and have a good time.
If someone's agenda is more about their ego instead of about the kids, they're wrong and you're right.
Get to know your Unit Commissioner. If you don't have or haven't seen your Unit Commissioner, call your District Commissioner and ask him or her what's going on (the Council office will have your DC's number).
If someone wants to know what your Pack's or Den's or Troop's bylaws or discipline policies are, tell them "A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, ...", that all Scouts and Scouters are expected to abide by them, and that each case will be determined on a case by case basis using your best judgement at that time. No legalistic rules that kids or adults can bend. And if they don't trust your judgement and want a bunch of written policies they can game, tell them there's another Pack or Troop a few miles away they are welcome to join.