Pack Mentor Program
Michael Smith (msmith@EMST-DC.PLANSYS.COM)
Thu, 1 Dec 1994 14:15:36 EST
I would like to share with everyone a very successful project our pack started
2 years ago. One of the biggest headaches with running a pack is the fact
most parents disappear when their son advances to Boy Scouts (hopefully in an
active role in the troup). When these parents held pack positions, the
experience goes with them. To minimize this, we started a mentor program.
For each position (official positions such as Committee Chairman, Treasurer,
etc.; and for unofficial positions such as Pinewood Derby Chair), we recruit
an "assistant" when the person's son reaches 1st Year Webelo. The assistant is
preferably recruited from the parents of Wolfs, but Bear parents will do in a
This assistant just hangs on the coat-tails and learns the ropes for the
position. Now when the "leader" leaves the pack with their son, the assistant
can take over with full knowledge of what the job entails and how to do
everything. We also have "Job Description" sheets built over the years with
timelines, good things, pitfalls, etc. These are very good, but actually being
there with someone who knows what they are doing seems to result in an easier
life for the new leader. Just thought I'd throw this out for the masses.
Committee Chairman, Pack 160, Herndon, Va.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City