Re: Hi, I'm new!
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAP.GWU.EDU)
Wed, 20 Jul 1994 02:13:59 -0400
Mike is absolutely right - use your parent resources! And while you are
not strictly speaking recruiting them as leaders you are getting them
involved and used to the idea of helping out, which will become all the
more important as your Scouts move from Bears to Webelos. Next year, when
they start working on activity badges, whoever is Webelos Den Leader will
quickly find that they are not an expert in all of the areas. Most dens
solve the problem by asking parents to take a month to teach the skills
needed or help with tools, etc. If you start now, it will be easier next
year too. Another benefit of getting parents involved is that the
enthusiasm of the boys tends to be catching. And when the Pack needs a
volunteer for an activity, they are more likely to help there as well.
I can't vouch for your District, but most Districts have a monthly Cub
Scout Leaders' Roundtable that tries to show Cub Leaders how to conduct
activities related to next month's theme including songs, crafts,
projects, ceremonies, skits, etc. You may want to give roundtable a try
and if they're not doing this, ask if they can.
Your Council also probably has an annual Cub Scout Leader's Pow Wow or
specialized courses for Cub Leaders at the University of Scouting. In
either case it is worth attending. Many course offerings feature how-to
information and demonstrate techniques.
I too was once a Bear Den Leader and found these resources very helpful.
Sounds like you're doing the right things and that your den will do well!
Sometimes the best thing is to ask questions as you have. Keep up the
Yours in Scouting, Michael F. Bowman, a/k/a Professor Beaver
Deputy District Commissioner Exploring, GW Dist., NCAC, BSA
Speaking only for myself, but with Scouting Spirit . . .
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