James H. Dunning (Jimdunning@AOL.COM)
Sun, 5 Mar 1995 19:18:10 -0500
I'm the Cubmaster of a pack in upstate New York attempting to meet a
challenge that I'm sure every Scouting unit struggles with: that of
My son has been in Scouting for 3 years now, Tiger Cub through Bear (I had
the pleasure and honor of awarding the Bear badge to him last night at our
Blue & Gold Banquet), and I've been a Den Leader for two of those years and
the Cubmaster this year.
We have a very good pack, with some strong core leadership. Unfortunately, we
could use more leaders and in the next couple years this could be more of a
challenge. This is because we had a large influx of Wolves this year and
experienced great difficulty in recruiting enough adults as Den Leaders. We
were able to, but we have yet to get them to Den Leader Meetings and
participate in any Pack activities. We're also running up against
"fundraising burn out" and attempting to be creative in this area.
I'm confident that with the Scouters we've got now that we'll meet these
challenges successfully. My primary concern, however, is finding ways to keep
building on our successes as we move into the future. Due to the inherent
turnover of Scouting leadership, it's difficult to maintain continuity from
one "generation" to the next. I think that it's often 3 steps forward and 1
To counteract this I'm thinking of borrowing from current corporate America
and having the Pack develop a Mission Statement, essentially developing and
documenting measurable goals and incorporating plans that span more than a
single pack year. I'm looking at planning for areas such as recruiting and
retention (both Cubs and Scouters), leadership development, budgeting and
funding, program enrichment, team building and Pack identity.
There was good interest from the leadership when I put forth this idea at the
last Committee meeting and I got some volunteers to start a Mission Team. And
rather than reinventing the wheel I contacted Council to obtain any resources
and tools it might have. Unfortunately, although Council mentioned it was
going through the same process, it had no materials it could share with us.
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Has anyone gone through this process that can help us out? We'd appreciate any
materials that could be helpful to us. We'd also like any suggestions or
thoughts on the value of such an endeavor, including alternatives, if
Thanks for your attention and I hope to hear from you.
Jim Dunning, Cubmaster, Pack 67
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