Re: Tough Questions
Patrick G Skelly (scoutldr@AOL.COM)
Mon, 28 Feb 1994 22:13:08 EST
Frank, I have several thoughts that might help sort things out ...
I'm sure you realize that you are - as Chartered Organization Representative
- automatically a member of the District Committee, though you need not have
an active assignment there. No invitation is needed.
Pop in and ask the district people, and the leaders of the local troop, to
identify Eagles in the community ... especially those who received the award
10-20 years ago. Then ask those Eagles not to be your leaders but, as a
team, to find and motivate and train your leadership. If they would like to
see themselves as 'keepers of the flame", be extra thankful.
Stand back and look at your ministries as others - including the 'outsiders'
- see them. Where does the pack best 'fit'? Usually I find it put under
Religious Education or Youth Ministry because "they deal with kids". But the
more effective units seem to be structured as a part of the Community
Outreach Ministry, as Norm had commented. Yes, your leadership is scant, and
overworked; but viewing the community as the benefactor may help reduce 'us'
vs 'them', and let more of the 'thems' want to join with you.
From a legalistic viewpoint, only two people in the Pack operation need to be
members of your congregation: the Chartered Organization Representative is
one, of course. The other is a member of the Vestry / Parish Council /
Ministry Office who will serve on the Pack Committee - preferably as Chairman
- to pass policy and guidelines down, and needs and good news up. The more
the better, of course, but recognize that you have resources outside the
congregation that can - and should - be tapped in committee roles.
I am sure there is a Pastoral Association in your community. It may be
formal, or no more than a mid-week coffee break among several of you. Talk
with them about the idea of a pooled community outreach with your Pack as the
initial vehicle, suggest factoring time into the overall calendar for
religious awards studies in each congregation and for a common Scout
Sunday/Sabbath. And be sure to bring the other pack, troop, and Girl Scouts
into that part!
Ask the Lions and Rotary and Kiwanis and Civitans to name a Scouting Liaison
to plan and execute a Scouting for Food program with your pack's 'kidpower'
for the community food bank. And share the credit everywhere. Just be sure
the boys tell the donors which pack they are with. (Don't worry about the
council's Scouting for Food schedules ... they'll be happy to take credit for
your success too!).
That's a handful of ideas. I don't think any one of them take a great amount
of YOUR time. But each will help a bit to spread the mantle of leadership
into the community, and will enhance the reputation of the Pack and
- Pat Skelly, "Scout_Ldr@AOL.com"
CR, Post and Troop 520, Grand Canyon Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City