H started at Cubs in June. He’d been keen to start Beavers at Christmas, but it seemed a bit pointless if he would move up to Cubs almost straight away. For whatever reason (now forgotten) I didn’t get organised about arranging to join until June and off H went. He loved it from the start. I was a bit relieved as things hadn’t gone so well with Anchor Boys, when he’d tried that at 5. He’s older now and he seemed to be well looked after at this pack with an existing friend of his being tasked with showing him the ropes.
He’s really enjoyed the last 9 months with making his promise, getting his first badges and he’s looking forward to going on his first camp. His pack has had a few extra members and was able to justify a new Six (the smaller teams the pack divides into). One of the existing Seconders transferred over to the new Six to be Sixer. This left a new Seconder position and one to backfill, so two jobs up for grabs. H was chuffed to bits to be chosen to be one of the Seconders. He’s going to stay in his Six: the previous Seconder is the new Sixer, so there was a convenient gap.
I’m really proud that he was chosen for this position over older children and Cubs who had been in the pack longer. H is a relatively young Cub (he’s still 8, although not for much longer) and he hasn’t had the experience of Beavers like a lot of the others. Hopefully, he’s shown that he’s a considerate, well-behaved boy, and he’s been recognised for his good qualities. As his mother I’m inclined to think good things about him, but it’s lovely to have someone impartial, who has had plenty of opportunity to observe H interacting with others, to confirm that.