Introduction & Pack night problems
James Magalee (JMags516@AOL.COM)
Tue, 7 Nov 1995 12:09:50 -0500
I've been subscribed for about two months now. I've really enjoyed the many
postings that I'vd read. This is a tremendous resource not only for myself
but for our Cub Pack as well. I thought is was high time that I introduce
myself and ask a few questions while I'm at it.
I'm a Webelos Den Leader for the Shark Patrol (6 boys), Pack 318. I'm sure
many of you can relate to the fact that I was approached at Blue & Gold '95
to be an "Assistant" den leader, went to training, then was asked to be a
full-blown den leader when the previous one discovered that the Pack charter
would not allow him to be both den leader and Assistant Cub Master. We are a
relatively young Pack (5-6 yrs?), but we have grown in leaps and bounds to
about 86 scouts (including two tiger dens, 4 wolf dens, 4 bear dens, 3 junior
Webelos dens and 1 senior Webelos den). We enjoy a great deal of parental
involvement and are beginning to plan for the future.
One area where I'd like to see some improvement is in the actual Pack
meetings. These are held in a local public school cafeteria. The Problem
1) the acoustics are awful in this large, rectangular room with a low
ceiling. The casual noise made by younger siblings all but drowns out the
person trying to speak. Its very frustrating, but little can be done without
changing the meeting place or asking parents to leave siblings at home.
Neither is very practical at the moment.
2) The parents, who are having a hard time hearing the speaker, are getting
bored because it's so difficult to pay attention.
3) Each den gets up in front of the pack to explain something they've worked
on over the past month. If you think it's hard to hear an adult in this
room, try listening to a kid who doesn't even want to talk in front of a
large group. Again, this adds to the frustration and boredom of the
I realize that this will be a difficult problem to solve because of the
meeting room. We've tried using microphones, alternate seating arrangements
and other things. Some have helped, some haven't. Any input would be
Many committee members seem rather focused on the part when the den's get up
to show off their projects or crafts. I remember, as a Cub Scout, having
these things set up at tables around the room prior to the start of the Pack
meeting. Each den had a table. This way, parents could wander around the
room examining all the projects and the cubs could explain what they'd done
in a more personal setting. The rest of the Pack meeting was devoted to
skits & songs (which we hardly do) and advancement recognition. Again, any
comments would be appreciated.
Aside from this one issue, we have a great Pack (we're looking into
establishing our own troop - subject of my next posting). The outings,
fundraisers and service projects we participate in are overwhelmingly well
received. I don't want to lose anybody because of this Pack night issue.
Webelos Den Leader - Shark Patrol
Pack 318, Rough Rider District, Nassau County Council
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