Re: Saturday Cub Scout Den Meetings
Jim Sleezer (JHS8@VM1.UCC.OKSTATE.EDU)
Tue, 4 Jul 1995 14:52:07 CST
On Tue, 4 Jul 1995 09:29:14 -0400 James Dooley said:
>Question # 1: Are Saturday mornings (9:00-10:30) good for Den
Any time is a good time for den meetings if it is appropriate to the boys'
and families' schedules. We had dens that met immediately after school,
early evening (6-7) and later evening (7:30-8:30). We had dens that met on
Saturday morning, and one that met on Saturday afternoon. We also had a den
that met on Sunday evening but I don't remember any Sunday afternoon dens.
And, sports interfered with all of these times. I believe that the dens that
met for 75 or 90 minutes rather than just 60 were usually a bit stronger. Do
not assign cause-effect relationship!!!! When I was a youth, we met right
after school (3:45). We walked together to the den leader's house. Parents
picked us up shortly after 5 p.m. We had occasional weekend activities.
BTW, our pack met last Friday of month. We had excellent attendance. When
I suggested Friday to a new pack in another part of the country they were
amazed that anyone would come. I think the key is what works for you and
>Question # 2: Can Wolves and Bears be combined as one den?
They can be but I would encourage you to seek leadership from the parents of
the incoming Wolves. Do you have a Tiger program? The Wolf and Bear programs
are not really designed to be used in a single den. Of course, one thing to
consider is the size of the den. I encourage you to limit a den to eight boys.
If you have 10, you need to divide into two dens. If you have only a couple of
bears and a couple of wolves, then one den makes sense. School Night is a
time to recruit both boys and leaders; use it to your advantage since it
sounds like you will also be needing a cubmaster and several committee members
in addition to a new wolf leader or two.
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