Re: School night
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Sat, 23 Sep 1995 00:25:28 -0400
Congratulations on a great start. Sometimes getting leaders can really
be tough. When you do the Pack meeting, try making up a really big
poster listing all of the Pack's jobs. Cut some card stock into 1 inch
strips about four inches long. Put the names of each set of parents on one
of these. For those who have already volunteered place the strip next to
their job. Tack or tape the remaining cards to the edge where it will be
easy to move them to a position next to a job. Place the whole thing in the
front of the room or near a refreshment table or somewhere where it will
get attention throughout the meeting. If you do the candle ceremony,
have somebody move it into the hall outside your meeting room ahead of
the ceremony and have a leader stand next to it that can answer question,
explain when training is scheduled, when's the next roundtable, etc.
This person can be the handshaker and encourager. During the Pack
Meeting mention that this will be displayed at the next Pack Meeting to
help the boys know who's doing what. There will be a bit of unspoken
peer pressure in all this.
For your handshaker/arm-twister - one key thing to tell parents is this:
Cub Scouting is a family organization. Everything we do in Cub Scouts is
what you or I would want to do for our own boys if we had the time and
resources. By cooperating, we can give them a lot more for a lot less
time from each of us. Sure its work, but not as much as if you tried to
all the things yourself and these boys are going to have a lot of fun and
some really great times! This one hooked my wife into being a Den Leader
for two-years and an Assistant Cubmaster for another year.
Good luck to you and to all of you who are struggling with the same
challenge. Go for it!
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
DDC-Training, GW Dist. Nat Capital Area Council mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG
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