Re: Annual Planning
Sam Fairchild (SAMF@OHSTMVSA.BITNET)
Sat, 8 May 1993 08:37:00 EDT
After reading the first few responses, I'm happy to report that we
Cub Scouters also do annual planning.
Admittedly, we have a success formula for Pack 74 in Columbus, but
last year, we found a few things wrong with the program.
The Cubmaster position and Assistants positions changed and that gave
us the opportunity for change.
To the point, a committee formed to poll the adults and boys to find
out what they wanted (fun, of course, and more say so in planning).
We started publishing an annual Pack calendar, written agendas for
both monthly Parents Meeting and Pack Meeting.
We got boys active in Pack meetings (i.e. moving and doing skits)
instead of just observing.
We stopped fundraising at *every* meeting and switched to annual dues
of $30 which most boys earned with the traditional Popcorn project!
(Wow, talk about goal formation, desire, and acheivements!)
As of April 27, 1993, we published our tenative schedule for next year
through August 1994! Now, as soon as the Central Ohio Council
finalizes their schedule, we will go final with ours.
The key: we have to get on parents' calendars somehow. Since this
is *only* Cub Scouting, we find the best opportunities are *every*
opportunity to hand a parent a calendar and mission statement
in writing! (We sure could use a publicistfor other media!)
The best single document we give out is the program at every Pack
meeting, which covers the next two full month cycles of local,
district, and council activities (space permitting).
A plain old wordprocesor and laser printer is the media.
As soon as we can recruit a Pack Historian/Publicist, we might get
The main point for us was the planning according to concensus of goals,
goals which got our boys and us into Scouting in the first place!
Yours in Scouting,
Cubmaster, Pack 74 - Buckeye district, Central Ohio Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City