This past weekend, we spent the day at a campground celebrating Crossover for Cubscouts. This is the final pack meeting of the year and the time when all of the boys “cross over” to the next level of scouting.
In Jonah’s case, this was a big event because he was not only crossing over to another year, but to Webelos — the two years of transition where the boys are still cub scouts, but they are learning more responsibility and leadership as they prepare for boy scouts.
It’s a big deal.
At the end of the day, there was a ceremony. The boys were each recognized for their accomplishments before officially advancing.
Jonah’s den did very well. All of the boys completed their requirements for the year, plus a few electives. Jonah completed his requirements plus quite a few electives.
Which led to joking and joshing by other parents.
“Can’t tell he’s the den leader’s son, can you?”
“My word, did he say seven silver arrows?”
And of course, “Overachiever!”
It was all in fun. Definitely good-natured. But Jonah didn’t know how to respond. So Scott leaned toward him and told him to just say, “and proud of it.”
Jonah: “And proud of it?”
Later, as we were driving home in the dark, Abby close to falling asleep, Jonah talked to us more about the comments and the jokes. He was trying to process everything. Trying to figure out why doing his best led to teasing and joking. A good lesson.
After we talked for a bit, he was quiet for a minute, thinking. Then his face lit up. He knew what he was going to say next time…if he was called an overachiever again…”You can be one too!”
Scott and I smiled, and told him that would be a great response.
A good lesson for us.
When you do your best, why wouldn’t you want everyone else to do just as well?