Today is a two-fer, since chapter 4 sets the scene for later events, but doesn’t involve ABDL content. I hope you enjoy these chapters.
Daniel’s Cub Scout meeting was a few blocks away in a local church basement. Their Cub leader was a church member, and had received permission to hold Cub Scout meetings there, thought the Pack itself was non-denominational.
Daniel arrived at the church doors, about the same time a few other scouts, including Jan, arrived.
“How was your visit to the Netherlands,” Daniel asked?
“Good,” Jan said. “I wish I understood what people were saying around me more. I felt like a little kid, having to ask my Oma and Opa what things were, and what signs meant. It’s weird not being able to read things for myself.”
“I can understand that,” Daniel said. “My little brother is just learning to read, and him asking me what words are, or mean, gets old after a while.”
Daniel and Jan walked into the basement hall, where the Cubs met. Eight others were already there, as well as their leader, who’s Cub Scout name was Akela, and another parent volunteer, with the Cub name Baloo. Tim was still not there, so Daniel talked with some other Scouts, asking how their summers had been. Unfortunately, Daniel’s nemesis and school bully, Chris, was back in Cubs this year. At least at Cubs, Tim, Jan, and Daniel could stand up to Chris, and the leaders did not allow the bullying Chris got away with at school.
Akela was calling the Cubs into a circle to start the meeting, just as Tim walked in. Tim quickly joined everyone, and the meeting started.
“Good evening, everyone” Akela said. “I see there are some new faces here tonight. Let’s go around the circle, and introduce ourselves to everyone.”
There were about 5 new members. Some were young and formerly Beaver Scouts, who had moved up to Cub Scouts because they were too old to be Beavers. There were two new faces, and one was Daniel’s age. When it was his turn, he introduced himself as Dustin.
“Alright, so that’s everyone introduced,” Akela said. “With our new members, we have 14 Cubs overall, which will be assigned into either the Blue group, which we call a ‘Six,’ or the Red Six, by the end of the night. I will also assign group leaders, called ‘Sixers,’ and second in commands, called ‘Seconders,’ before we start our games and learning tonight. That way, each group will have leaders before we start. And, for new members, you can meet the other Cubs, and choose which Six you would like to join by the end of the night.
This was the moment Daniel, Jan, Tim, and a few other Cubs had been waiting for. They were now in their last year of Cub Scouts, and the oldest Cubs always formed the leadership of their Six. With more Cubs this year, there would be seven Cubs in each Six, but more people in the group usually meant more fun and camaraderie.
Being friends, Daniel, Jan, and Tim were in the Red Six. Chris and his friends were in the Blue Six. Of the five new Cubs tonight, two would end up in the Red Six, and three would join the Blue. Hopefully the new Cubs would be assigned to the Six they wanted to join most.
“Chris and Vince, come forward,” Akela said. “Chris, this year you will be Sixer of the Blue Six, and Vince will be your Seconder. Congratulations.” Chris and Vince were both beaming with delight as they received new uniform epaulets of rank from Akela. It was now the moment Daniel had been waiting for.
“Tim and Jan, come forward,” Akela said. “Tim, you will be Sixer of the Red Six, and Jan will be your Seconder. Congratulations.” Tim and Jan were both ecstatic to become leaders of their Six, but Daniel, while happy for his friends, was sad and a little angry about not being picked. He was the only senior Cub not to be picked for leadership, and that hurt more than a little. A few tears escaped his eyes, but he soon controlled himself, and most people didn’t notice his disappointment. The meeting continued.
Akela began speaking again. “Tonight, since you all seem full of energy and excited to be here, we will play three rounds of dodgeball. The Six that wins two games will get two candies per Cub. The losing Six will bring out cups and jugs of water from the kitchen to drink after our game. Tim and Chris, since you are our new Sixers, we will let you pick teammates for this game. Try to learn something about your new teammates, as they might join your Six on a permanent basis. Chris will pick first, since his Six has one less member.”
The teams the arranged themselves on opposite sides of the gym. Akela watched the Blue side of the gym, and Baloo watched the Red side of the gym, in case a Cub tried to cheat.
“This will be sudden death dodgeball,” Akela said. “If you are hit, you are out. If you catch the thrower’s ball, they are out. No resurrection, or doctors this time. Clear.”
Akela blew his whistle, and the game began. Each side started with three balls. Jan, Tim, and Daniel each started with a ball. Unfortunately, Daniel was an easy target. Holding a ball, he could not catch any of the balls thrown at him, and he was eliminated almost immediately. He went and stood beside Baloo and waited for the game to finish.
“Out already, Daniel,” Baloo said. “Well, maybe next time you’ll do better. It’s better to throw the ball away quickly so you can catch or dodge balls thrown at you, rather than hold onto a ball and think about who to throw at.”
“OK. I’ll try that next time,” Daniel said. The game went on, and Baloo continued talking.
“So, I saw that you were a little upset about not being picked as a Sixer or Seconder. Not everyone can be picked for leadership,” Baloo said.
“But every other senior Cub was chosen as either Sixer or Seconder,” Daniel said, somewhat grumpily. “It’s hard to be the one left out.”
“Yes,” said Baloo. “But, Tim and Jan are both good Cubs like you. Your chance to lead will come, at some point.”
Daniel didn’t respond, and they both continued watching the game. By this time, four Cubs from Red Six were out, and only two from Blue Six. In a few minutes, Blue Six won the first game.
Next game, Daniel did better. He took out Blue’s Seconder Vince, and threw another ball, which Chris caught. Daniel was out on the sidelines again. “You did better this time, Baloo said.”
“Thanks, but we’re still getting creamed out there,” Daniel said. He was right. It was five-on-two, advantage Blue. The game was over in a minute more.
“Blue has taken two of three gams,” Akela said. “Blue has won the match, but Red can still win a game. The Cub Scout motto is ‘Do Your Best.’ To even things out, we will change up the teams a bit. Younger Daniel from the Red team will trade places with Dustin from the Blue team. If Red team does their best and wins the last game, all Cubs will get two candies.”
The teams formed up on opposite sides of the gym. Dustin appeared to be an excellent dodgeball player, so he let Dustin have his starting ball. The last round commenced. Two Cubs on the Blue team were out near immediately. One Cub was hit, and another was out because Daniel caught a ball. Chris threw a ball hard at Daniel’s head, and it hit home. But, the ball ricocheted, hit the roof, and Dustin caught it.
“Great catch,” Baloo said. “Chris, your out. And watch the head shots!”
Daniel was stunned, and was hit by someone else soon after. But, Blue team was down to three players. In a few minutes, Tim and Dustin were the only players left. Red had won!
“Great game,” Akela said. “And much more even.” If everyone is happy, I think we will make these our new Sixes for the year.” No one spoke up. “OK, that’s settled, and much more smoothly that some years.”
Daniel was just happy that the other, new Daniel, was in the other Six. Two Daniels in one Six would have been a bit confusing.
The meeting continued on, and there was some time to meet the new Cubs in Daniel’s Six. Since Daniel did not know Dustin, and he was his age, he went up to Dustin and introduced himself. As they talked, Daniel learned that Dustin had moved to their town from a nearby city, and that Dustin had not spent much time outdoors with his previous Cub Pack. When Daniel asked Dustin about camping, Dustin responded “the only camping we did with my old Pack was in the church basement.”
“We do that once a year, in January, when it’s too cold to camp out,” Daniel replied. “We usually go camping a few times per year; in late September, January, May, and June.”
“I’m not sure if I want to go camping outside,” Dustin said. “I worry about it being cold and damp, and not getting enough sleep.”
“Don’t worry,” Daniel replied. “The first time the Cubs go camping, we all have to take out gear to the meeting before we go, and have it checked over by Akela and Balloo. They’ll tell you if you’re missing anything important.”
Akela called the meeting to order. The Cubs arranged themselves in a circle. At that point, the Beaver Leader, Marion, walked in. Most of the Cubs knew her, and greeted her as she entered.
“Welcome, Marion,” Akela said. “Normally, we don’t have Beaver leaders at our meetings. But, Marion has something important to ask one of you.”
“Good evening, Cubs,” Marion began. “At the beginning of each year, I select a senior Cub from the pack to help lead our Beavery Scout Colony. That cub is known as a Keeo (pronounced Kee-Oh). Last year, Josh was Keeo, but he is now a Scout. Daniel, step forward.”
When both Daniel’s stood up, there was some confusion. But, Marion had meant older Daniel, and the confusion was quickly resolved. Marion continued.
“Daniel has shown leadership in his Cub Pack and his Six. Since his brother Matthew is going to be a Beaver, we are asking Daniel to help at the Beaver meetings, and learn leadership skills while he is there. Do you accept?”
“Yes,” Daniel said, enthusiastically. Daniel had never been a Beaver Scout. He had joined Scouts at age seven, as a Cub Scout. He did not know what the Beaver’s did at their meeting, since Matthew was new to Beavers this year, and his first meeting was next week.
“Great,” Marion said. “At our first meeting next Monday, you will be introduced to the Beavers as Keeo, and you will be presented with a special badge or rank as Keeo to wear on you Cub Scout uniform. Watch out for your brother as you walk over to our meeting. See you there!”
Akela then had a quick talk with the Cubs regarding what being a Cub was about, and how they should all “Do Your Best” as that was the Cub Motto. The meeting was then adjourned. Daniel was chosen as a leader, after all.
After the meeting, Tim and Jan caught up with Daniel on the steps at the entrance to the church basement.
“That was great!” Tim said. “Sixer! I can’t believe it. I’m only a C student in school, but I’m leading my Cub group!”
“Well,” Jan said, retrospectively, “you can out-camp any Cub in the Pack, have been helpful, and definitely done your best. School is school, and Cubs is something different. You’re a great Cub Scout, but I still wish I had been chosen as Sixer instead of you. But, Akela has his reasons, I’m sure. I’m happy for you, Tim.”
“Me too,” Daniel chimed in. “And I’m sure you’ll be a good Seconder when Tim needs help, or isn’t there, Jan.”
“If and when I need help,” Tim replied. “You or Jan would have made good Seconders. Jan was the one Akela picked, probably because he knew Marion would ask you to be Keeo. You are the only Cub in the pack chosen Keeo. That is something special.”
“Perhaps,” Jan said. “The Keeo when I was a Beaver usually made all the crafts and sang all the Beaver songs, while occasionally being asked by Beaver Leader Marion to get things, or help watch the littler Beavers as they did their activities. It’s kind of like being a bigger, more helpful Beaver,” Jan finished.
“Yah, and the Beaver crafts are like those in Kindergarten, with lots of gluing things,” Tim said. “It’s kind of babyish at times.”
“You know I’m not a baby!” Daniel said, suddenly angry. “I’ll go to their meetings, and help out. I’m not doing gluey crafts,” he said, hotly.
“Well, you’ll see what it’s like,” Jan said. “It might be different for you. It is ‘technically’ a leadership position, after all.”
“That it is,” Daniel replied. “And I will do my best. Bye, guys”
“Bye,” Jan and Tim replied in unison.
Daniel began walking home. Most other Cubs were picked up by there parents. Daniel lived close enough to the church, and was responsible enough, to be trusted to walk to Cub Scouts and back again by his parents.
Daniel walked into his house. “Hello,” he said. His parents and Matthew replied “Hello” back, in unison.
“So,” Daniel’s Dad said. “Are you a Sixer?”
“Nope,” Daniel Replied.
“Are you Seconder,” Daniel’s Mom asked?
“No,” Daniel said. “Tim was made Sixer, and Jan Seconder.”
“Oh Daniel,” his mother said. “I am so sorry! How do you feel?”
“I feel a bit disappointed, but alright,” Daniel replied. “But, instead of being asked to be a Sixer or Seconder, Beaver Leader Marion asked me to be a Keeo. That is a Cub that goes to Beaver meetings, and helps lead them. She said she picked me because Matthew will be starting Beavers next week. Would that be alright, Mom?”
Daniel’s Mom was surprised, and took a moment to respond. “Well,” she said, “I think that works out kind of nicely. I was going to have to take Matthew to Beavers, which interferes with my Monday trips to the seniors lodge to play piano for them after supper. Do you think you can handle being a Keeo, and taking your brother to meetings?”
“Yes,” said Daniel. “I am expected to be a leader at Beavers. It may as well start by leading my brother to the meetings.”
“Good. That’s settled,” his Mom said, enthusiastically. “Congratulations, son. You are my big boy, and getting bigger every day.”
“Congratulations,” his Dad said. “Be good at Beavers. You are expected to set an example.”
“I will, Dad,” Daniel replied. “Matthew would probably tell on me if I wasn’t being a good example.”
“Probably,” his parents replied. Matthew was going through a tattle-tail phase, ever since his parents had explained that Daniel was older, and was allowed to do things Matthew wasn’t, like be home alone after school.
Daniel left the room, and started getting ready for bed. Matthew also needed to start getting ready for bed.
“Matthew! Bedtime!” His Mom called. In a few moments, Matthew could be heard coming up the stairs, and was soon in the bathroom brushing his teeth. Daniel was allowed to stay up for another 30 minutes, but had to get into his pyjamas when Matthew did, so he didn’t wake up Matthew when he crawled into bed after Matthew was asleep.
Daniel was taking his time hanging up his Cub uniform, when Matthew entered their room. As Matthew has often done before, he went to the closet, grabbed a diaper from the pack of Pampers at the bottom of the closet, and began to undress.
“Matthew, are you ready?” Their Mom asked.
“Not yet,” Matthew replied. In a minute, Matthew was totally undressed, and sitting on Daniel’s lower bunk, Pamper beside him. “Ready,” he called.
Their Mom came into the room. Wanting to get to business, she told the six-year-old Matthew to lie down. She unfolded and ruffled the diaper to remove the crease at the fold.
“Bum up,” she said, and she slipped the diaper under his bum. “Down,” she said, and Matthew lowered himself onto the diaper. She then sprinkled Matthew with some baby powder so he wouldn’t get a rash, then quickly and expertly fastened the tapes. Matthew got up. “Good boy!” Their Mom said encouragingly. Matt continued to put on his pyjamas.
Daniel normally did not pay attention to Matthew’s diapering, but after thinking about his own bedwetting issues, and dealing with Matthew’s diapers strewn at the bottom of their closet earlier that day, he payed a lot more attention to Matthew’s diapering than usual. There in his room was his brother, six years old, in Grade 1, taped into a baby diaper with Disney characters across the top. Matthew was only a head shorter than Daniel, yet here Matthew was, diapered like a baby.
At this point, his Mom chimed in. “Daniel, please get ready for bed so Matthew can go to sleep.”
Daniel, thinking about diapers and his ‘baby’ brother at that point, replied churlishly “yah, so the baby in his diaper can get some sleep.”
Their mother was not impressed with the response. “Daniel, take you pyjamas, and get dressed in the bathroom. We’ll talk about your name-calling after I have put Mathew to bed.”
Daniel took his pyjamas and left their bedroom. He was dressed in his pyjamas in a minute, and had just joined his Dad on the couch when his Mom left his bedroom and joined them on the couch.
His Mom started, “so, Dad, Daniel called his little brother a diaper baby while they were getting ready for bed. You do know why Matthew wears diapers to bed, Daniel?”
“Yes,” Daniel replied, a little scared of his parents. “It is because he is little and still wets the bed.”
“That’s right,” his Dad replied. “Matthew is little and wears diapers to bed so he can keep dry at night, and have a good night’s sleep. Matthew still wears diapers, and even though he is a bit bigger now, he still fits into them, and they still help him. Do you understand, Daniel?”
Daniel thought about this for a few seconds, and then gave a half-hearted “yes.”
“You are our big boy, Daniel,” his Mom continued. “We let you come home after school instead of going to the babysitters, because we trust you. At Cubs, Marion asked you to be a Keeo. They would only ask a big, responsible Cub to help the Beavers at their meetings. You are a big boy, so please act like one. Big boys don’t make fun of their little brothers, even if they wear diapers to bed. Understood?”
“Yes,” Daniel said.
“And one last thing, Daniel,” his mother further continued. “In some ways, you aren’t any bigger than your brother. Both of you still have nighttime accidents. Your brother wears Pampers to bed, while you take your nasal spray every night to prevent bedwetting. You don’t wear Pampers because you are not little anymore. You are dealing with bedwetting like a big kid. But, though we deal with bedwetting differently with you and Matthew, you both have nighttime accidents, and you aren’t any ‘bigger’ in your sleep than him. At night, you act just as little as him. So don’t make fun of him! Understood?”
“Yes,” Daniel said, feebly.
“Alright,” his Dad said. “Off to bed early with you. You are tired, and are acting younger than a kid with your normal bedtime. If you behave tomorrow, you can stay up late again.”
At that, Daniel walked into his and Matthew’s room, and sat down on the bed. The bed rustled from the plastic sheet underneath. Matthew was still awake, and heard a lot of what his parents had told Daniel.
“Awe, did little Daniel get sent to bed early?” Matthew teased.
“Shut up, baby!” Daniel cried back.
“Mom, Daniel called me a baby again.” Matthew cried to his parents in the other room.
Their Mom came to the door of the bedroom. “Daniel, come here,” she commanded.
Daniel came to the door.
“You will be going to bed when Matthew does for the rest of the week for that remark,” she said. “Now, not another word out of you, or you won’t be allowed to go on your sleepover this Saturday.”
At that, Daniel stopped talking immediately, and went to bed.