Den Leader Problems....
Murphy Peter (MurphyP@RND3.INDY.TCE.COM)
Thu, 14 Dec 1995 08:45:00 PST
I'm in the same boat except I've been the CM for 3.5 years. We have 96
Cubs and Tigers. Some Den Leaders are good about attending monthly
leaders' meeting. Almost nobody but my wife and I attend roundtable.
Uniforming among the adults is better than half but I may be the only
FULLY uniformed adult.
The size of your pack suggests that you have a good quality program.
I like to think my own is one of the best in the district. But we all know
there are always ways to improve. Probably the best pack in every
council is far from perfect. As long as you have such a great and growing
program you probably do not have to be concerned about all of
these areas except training. I feel no matter how good a pack is,
training of leaders is essential. As for the rest, try to get as much of it
right as possible. Be happy when you have enough of it right that
the program is high quality but don't be satisfied - keep improving.
The only two methods I try with our leaders is to strongly encourage
them to attend training, roundtable, and Pow Wow. We sometimes
mail out reminders or call every den leader before a monthly leaders'
meeting. The other method is to publicly recognize proper behavior.
At pack meetings we always have adult recognition near the end
after all boy ceremonies are over. Sometimes I call adults up to have them
show their new TRAINED patch. Homemade trophies, both silly and
serious, are a favorite of mine. I always submit the maximum
number of names for our district awards dinner. Our district (and other
probably do the same) has district invented BSA-UNofficial awards
that any adult volunteer can earn for doing a good job.
Someone said it is unusual for more than a few from each pack to
attend roundtable. While this may be true it doesn't have to be the
case. Years ago they had pack attendance award each month at
roundtable. The pack with 120+ boys always won by have more
leaders at roundtable than most packs had leaders. A dozen den
leaders and CM from that pack was usually the minimum each month.
After the CM left their attendance went way down. He's still around in
the district so I'll ask what his secret was.
Peter Murphy, CM, P125, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Carmel, Indiana
Del-Mi District, Crossroads of America Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City