Re: First Pack meeting
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Wed, 16 Aug 1995 00:09:17 -0400
Though not aimed at a First Pack meeting, consider the following from one
of our training handouts:
When scouts have fun, they want to keep coming back. To succeed,
remember this simple rule: "Keep It Short & Simple - Make It Fun
(KISSMIF) and use VARIETY." To achieve this goal, advance planning is
critical. As you plan your pack meeting, consider the following:
Plan your meetings well in advance using themes or special activities as
Confirm the time and place of the meeting. Reserve meeting places well
Make sure that someone is responsible for opening the meeting place ahead
Assign den responsibilities in advance; e.g. set-up, opening, skits,
songs, stunts, closing, clean-up.
Make sure that arrangements are made for transporting displays, props,
special equipment, etc.
Make sure that awards, badges, pins, etc. are ready for presentation
before the meeting.
Try to have displays set up before the meeting.
Have a gathering activity planned and use it when scouts arrive.
Conduct an Opening Ceremony that is serious and impressive.
While you have the scene set, transition to introductions and inductions.
Build spirit with den cheers, den reports, rousing songs and group
Entertain with skits, stunts, songs, and games.
Take time to recognize pack and den accomplishments.
Have a Webelos Den demonstrate something related to an activity badge.
Use a song, story, or other device to transition the group to a serious
Present awards and recognitions with an impressive ceremony.
Give special recognition to special accomplishments.
Recognize adult contributions - thank yous and special awards.
Give a very few words on coming events (give details in handouts,
Have a scouter's minute - leave the scouts with something to ponder
Conduct a closing ceremony.
Serve refreshments (optional).
Clean-up the meeting site and leave it as good as or better than you found it.
Evaluate and plan an even better meeting next time.
If you want to download the handout complete with graphics, you can find
it on the macscouter web site: http://www.macscouter.com/
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
DDC-Training, GW Dist. Nat Capital Area Council mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City