Approximately 300 Cub Scout leaders attended Cub Scout College this past weekend at Fox Valley Tech. in Appleton, and I have found that there is no better way to make new scouting contacts and address issues new leaders may have than being at such an event.
Leaders come from all over the Bay-Lakes Council to see, do, and hear about the latest and greatest ideas that they might take home with them to improve the quality programming they give to their scouts.
The atmosphere is electric as the attitudes of the attendees and the staff come together under a common bond in scouting where there is no personal or political agendas and the emphasis is placed upon fun while learning more about the scouting program.
One example of this is attending Ed Gerczak's "I Hate Dishes" course where leaders learn simple recipes to cook for their units in a fast, use one dish style cooking method which is designed to get the leaders and their scouts back in the field with the minimum clean up.
Ed and his staff demonstrated the Lumberjack or Hearty Breakfast bake, and Todd Buth assisted with showing his cooking expertise with Jalapeno poppers.
Rounding out the class was the introduction of "Apple Dodgers" an old cowboy recipe that was a surprise hit with the participants.
In other classes, Dr. Bob Meyer, demonstrated the fun things leaders can do with electricity and perennial favorite was Jerry Tilton's Leather work class where students got to create new woggles and other leather projects involving lacing and tool stamping.
Dave Nelson taught a class on Recruiting and even the District Field Director was recruited to teach a class on ceremonies leaders can introduce into their cub program.
The Culinary Arts Department provided the lunch menu which consisted of a grilled chicken sandwich and a baked bean side with kidney beans.
The Council also provided a trading post for leaders looking for the latest in how to books and souvenirs.
If you have never experienced a Cub College event; make plans to attend next year's event or better still...plan on attending the 5 Star University in January.