Re: Group concept
Jim Butler (ajb@ZEPPO.GEOSURV.GOV.NF.CA)
Fri, 2 Dec 1994 10:21:04 NST
Pardon me for commenting on your summary of your group setup and function,
but it sounds so familiar. The leaders do not usually have a problem in
running the program, but the Group Committee function is always in question.
We have similar problems in this part of the country. There needs to be
a concerted effort on the part of all Regions and Districts to train the
Group Committee members. They should be as familiar with the programs they
are administering and raising funds for as the leaders. True, there should
be some fun at the committee level as well.
And the sponsors - well, I find that most do not know their function.
They provide a place to meet, if the sponsor is a school organization
(PTA or some school adminstration group), a church group, or some service
group (Lion's Clubs, etc.) and if you are lucky, a small cash donation.
I think that an effort should also be made to familiarize sponsors with the
program and their responsibilities. In our Region we have made some steps
in that direction, but it is a long and difficult task.
I wonder if any groups in Canada have success with their Group Committes
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>We have a Group Committee( at the momment it needs more members) which
>consists of a leader rep from the colony, pack and troop. There is also
>suppose to be parent representation and we are trying to get someone
>from our sponsoring organization to come out. The funds are controlled
>by the group committee, for the most part. We report to them on all of
>My biggest complaint, at the present time is that our Group really
>doesn't have an effective Group committee. I find tha most of the
>leaders don't bother going to the committee meetings and our committee,
>which should have 6 or more members is running with one or two. The
>meetings are very few. We have had two in the last year, and this
>should be monthly. The meetings have also been very short (15-30min).
>This is not the case for all other groups aound here. I think that it
>is hurting the 16th in general since we don't get together often enough
>to know what's going on, or more importantly, form friendships, that
>might encourage more parent/leader participation.
>16th London Cub Pack
>(that's London Ontario, Canada)
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