Re: >re Cub
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Thu, 29 Oct 1992 18:54:49 CST
Exactly my point!
We have a tough enough time in getting people to serve as leaders, then
after we get them to serve, we have a tough time getting them to training
courses...and then we have just a terrible time getting them to participate
in the Council-level activities and events!
I personally think that this insistance on everyone occupying ONE position
in a Cub Pack (I served as WEBELOS Den Leader and also as am member of a
Pack committee for one Pack; as Den Leader Coach and Unit Commissioner for
the other Pack...and about everyone else was dual-hatted as well) is silly.
YES, by all means, we try to get other parents to help us and their sons.
YES, by all means, we tell them the positive benefits of getting them to
serve as leaders and coaches. NO, we don't scare them by stating that
"If you don't, here's a list of other Packs in our town. Join one of them".
The success of Cub Scouting was (and still is) because it is one of the last
NEIGHBORHOOD-BASED programs for youth in our nation. Most Boy Scout Troops
don't get their kids from one particular neighborhood anymore...they go
to all sides of the town and get Scouts from all areas of the city. Cub
Packs, on the other hand, tend to fall if not along school lines, along
neighborhood lines. It would be a crying shame if all of a sudden, we
ask Cub Scouters to be "city wide" in their search for new members (and
leadership) to fill a position or three.
Many Scout Troops have the youth leadership positions filled by only
a few boys as well. In ALL of the Troops that I've served as Scoutmaster
of, there were few instances where the Troop leadership (outside of the
Senior Patrol Leader and Junior Assistant Scoutmaster) were singularily
responsible for a job. We had Patrol Leader-Scribe, Assistant Senior
Patrol Leader-Librarian-Chaplain Aide, Troop Historian-Assistant Patrol
Leader, and the like. Even the adults wore two hats: that of being a
member of the Committee *and* either Assistant Scoutmaster, Scoutmaster
(me), or Commissioner of one of the other units in the town.
I think that we did our jobs well and with little conflict between the
two; and the boys that did their jobs, did them extremely well with
little conflict. Where there was conflict, it was resolved by the person
WITHOUT interaction with others.
This is one policy that I wish that BSA would re-look at CAREFULLY!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City