Re: surviving cold, a situation
Runnels, Barry C (Barry_C_Runnels@MMACMAIL.JCCBI.GOV)
Wed, 8 Nov 1995 09:20:35 CST
>Pack Night Problems
I can relate. We also had the same situation. I would set up the room
different at every Pack meeting to see what would work the best. The
boys like this because they saw something different at every meeting.
Two set ups work best for our Pack.
a. Set up the room so the audience is facing a corner of the room. The
speaker is facing the audience with is back to the corner. This gives
two walls to focus the sound to the audience Set up the chairs around
the speaker. You will get more chairs closer to the speaker and they
all have a good view as well. This set up made a big difference with
The second setup I have used is set up half the chairs facing the
other half with a 20 feet between the two groups of chairs. I did
this so the boys could cheer across to each other. The audience could
hear fine and the Scouts loved this set up, but it requires the
speaker to be turning all the time. I don't use it very much.
I found that when the meetings get slow with awards,low talking scouts
or announcements, the Scouts get restless. So we have at least three
skits and a song. I use the skits to break up the slow parts of the
meeting. I even use an appropriate skit during awards to keep the
I also have a lot of cheers. I keep them on their feet and cheering as
much as possible. Cheers also keep all the Scout participating during
the whole meeting.
The longer the boys sit, the more they lose interest.
Don't be afraid to be creative. Creativity makes the meetings fun for
the adults as well as the Scouts.
At the next meeting, watch and see when the boys start talking to each
other. Change that part of the program. After a few changes, you will
be surprised how much faster the meeting goes and how much fun
everyone is having, adults and Scouts.
After each meeting, I ask my wife and sons if there was any part of
the meeting that did not seem fun for the boys or even the adults.
Their advice helps me a lot. The meetings should be fun for boys.
I also understand your excitement for your Pack. We also started a
Troop. But that's another story.
Good Luck and Good Scouting
Cub Master of the Mighty Pack 339
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City