School Night for Scouting(was: Return to Roundtable)
Randy Sessions (RANDY@SHOCKER.EE.TWSU.EDU)
Tue, 21 Sep 1993 09:09:06 CDT
::}I've been talking with the leaders of Pack 233, whom I'll be working
::}with and it looks like "school nite" is going to be just
::}play-it-by-ear...they only have one leader now and desperately need
::Last year, our Cubmaster insisted on playing it by ear. Because of
::that, things didn't as well as they could have. The first problem is
::he insisted on running things and he showed up 15 minutes late. We had
::quite a few experience people, but the meeting just didn't flow.
::If everyone knows what is happening and works together, there is more
::polish to the meeting. This means the boys don't get bored while you
::decide that someone should mention summer camp here or try to figure
::out where the applications forms are. It gives the parents confidence
::in the adults that will be working with their children. It also gives
::the new leaders confidence that there will be support to help them.
::That makes them more willing to volunteer.
::Someone should tell them that "winging it" has been tried, and doesn't
::work (well). It's a trap a lot of experienced people fall into.
Just a few thought on this......
I have spent the last 2 School Nights as the District chair for
School Night for Scouting. The area that I am responsible for covers
50+ Cub packs and as many elementary schools. Last year there was
alot of indifference towards School Night and people just weren't
willing to attend the training sessions that I and my DE had set up.
The result was a very poor(in my opinion) School Night. My cub pact
recruited 21 new boys and was at the top of the list in numbers with
only one unit surpassing that number. This year at the end of the
school night reporting period, my unit had 19 new boys and we were in
the middle of the list. One unit had over 40 boys recruited and many
had 25-35. The reason, in my opinion, is a re-dedication of many
leaders, some new, to the program. My push was much stronger this
year and out turnout at training this year was better and more
enthusiastic. People learned from mistakes last year as well as from
the good things that hapened last year. Our year end goal is 807 new
cubs. As os the end of School Night reporting, we had 540, an
average of 15 new boys per unit reporting. I don't have the current
numbers, but we are over the 600 mark. All thanks to prepared and
dedicated leaders who refused to "wing it".
Cubmaster, Pack 531
Cub Roundtable Commissioner
High Plains District
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City