Problematic den allocation
Wed, 14 Sep 1994 15:29:16 PDT
Maybe somebody has experiences with this problem,
It could be a common problem?
The short story is that my pack had a nice recruiting
night. Since I wasn't sure what to expect, I can not
judge whether or not it deserves to be called successful.
The problem is that it left the pack with many second
grader Wolfs, slightly too much for 1 den, not quite
enough for splitting them into 2 dens. On the other side,
the 3rd grade Bear den is too small for my comfort (4).
In addition, the two new 3rd graders (ah, their moms,
not the kids) have asked whether the boys could join
the Wolf den instead. (One because of a younger
sibling, one because the mom feels uncomfortable
with the Bear den)
Would it make sense to shuffle the dens and have two
mixed Bear/Wolf dens?
The number of required leaders should not be an
argument, enough have volunteered.
The longer side of the story is that the Bear den which
is too small now, was nearly falling apart fife months
ago, down to two boys and zero leaders. I approached
the parents then and invited them to share meetings
with the one year younger boys (then Tigers, soon to
be wolfs). That was vigorously rejected. (On the
other side, I rejected to merge the den with an older
one; Now I'm not so sure whether this was wise). A
very nice and capable father volunteered to step up
and be den leader and we did set our hope into
recruiting for this year. He now continues to be den
leader, but, he is absent for two months (including
I personally believe that mixing boys from multiple age
groups is natural and good for the kids. However, using
different books for Bears and Wolfs in the same den
might make the job for the den leaders impossible. My
packs committee certainly thought that way, at least in
the past. Most our leaders are not sufficiently trained
yet and use the books quite strictly for making the
Have Wolfs and Bears been mixed successfully by other packs?
How difficult would this be for the den leaders?
Should I leave it for them to find a solution? I fear to loose
the two new boys.
Should I just leave it to the continuing 3rd graders what to do
and allow the two new 3rd graders to join the (then split)
Wolf den and treat them as Wolfs, not Bears?
Should I just wait to see whether more people show up in
Does anybody have good advice?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City