All of the volunteering fun began when our oldest was in Pre-School. The annual Halloween party came around and a friend and I offered to help out. We rented Raggedy Ann and Andy Costumes. The funny thing about it, is that our kids look at that picture today and say, "Who is that?" How the times have changed!
I became very frustrated early on with the school scene. I quickly learned that the way to know what was going on, was simply to get involved. Instead of continuing to fret about not knowing, I found out when the next PTO meeting was and stayed on board for the next 17 years! The best way to know what is going on in your child's school is really to get involved. Find your niché, as there is a place for everyone. Maybe you are not able to attend a monthly meeting, but you are able to make a few phone calls for chaperones for a school activity- I have never bought the words "I can't do that." There is seriously something for everyone. Trust me, the so called smaller contributions are often the most important!
The year I came home from Cub Scout Camp as a Certified BB Gun instructor for the Boy Scouts of America shocked me, as well as my husband. The next week I found myself instructing at a local Day Camp. Wow, for a Mom who didn't like guns; I sure learned to embrace them fast. Cub Scout Camp is one of the few places left in our society where boys can be boys. Knowing that several boys attended Cub Scout Camp to have the opportunity to shoot a bb gun, pushed me over the threshold to become trained.
Ah yes, and then all those nights tenting it in the heat of summer with the Cub Scouts/Boy Scouts on several camp outs. There was rain, wind, heat, and a lot of muggy nights! And you know what? I don't regret any of it. If you ever have the experience to accompany scouts on a camp out, I highly recommend you give it a try. It's a great way to get to know the kids that your kids are associating with and it's a fun way to experience the great outdoors.
|Volunteers Getting Ready To Work a Day at a National Trapshooting Meet : Fund Raising Event for the Mohawk Trapshooting Team|