George Crowl (WILLIAMM@ZIAVMS.ENMU.EDU)
Tue, 27 Feb 1996 17:54:39 -0700
DeLane Unruh < unruh@SOUTHWIND.NET asked about splitting packs.
I was intimately involved in splitting a pack a number of years
ago, and have been an outsider a couple times since.
1. How big are you? I would recommend that you be at least 60,
preferably 75-100, before you split. Big packs make efficient
use of leaders and have better human and financial resources than
smaller packs. The pack I split was 105, and that was pretty
good, made a pack of 60 and a pack of 45. I think a pack of 30
is bare minimum for effective pack operation (normal
circumstances). If you are not at least 60 now, counsel with
people to continue to grow and wait until you are larger. I have
seen (my) pack do a program with 100% boy participation and
advancement presentation in one hour and 15 minutes (but we had
to train the Cubmaster and other leaders to move it snappily).
2. Given that you are large enough to split. Have you sold it
to your current leaders? Is there near unanimous concurrence
that it needs to be done? If there isn't there will be hurt
feelings. There probably will be hurt feelings before it is over
anyhow, let's not build them in. It is important that people
understand the need for the split. We need to serve more boys,
and we can't do it with the pack as large as it is.
3. Insure you have a new sponsor who knows what they are going
to get into. Concievably, you could retain the same sponsor and
just meet on two different nights, etc., etc. However, a new
sponsor is an entirely new can of worms. Insure the DE is
involved with you in the selection and recruitment, but the
volunteers should carry the ball if they are able.
4. Determine what your new leadership needs will be. You need 2
CMs, 2 CAs, 2 DLC, 2 treasurers, 2 advancement people, etc. You
do not need any more DL, DA, WL, WA, until you grow again. Also,
when will you need to do the split? It might be ideal to plan it
for August or September, right after summertime activities and in
conjunction with the normal recruiting season, thus involving new
parents in each of the daughter packs.
5. Follow the BSA leadership recruitment pamphlet to the letter.
Appoint a nominating committee, then go visit the new CM
prospect. The CM is the key individual, the pack often rises and
falls on the quality of the individual selected as CM. This is a
good place to get your DE involved, it is in his interest as well
as yours to get the highest quality person involved. Do not say
NO for anyone, and _do not_ select the willing volunteer. Then
work down for each vacancy.
6. Figure out a fair division of such things as the pack
equipment and the pack treasury. This can cause some hurt
7. When you get done, post your successes and failures so the
rest of us can benefit from them.
8. I can remember when we did this, all the "old head" leaders
ended up with the new number, and this caused upset, even though
they all knew that we had to split and supported it. Then, a
year later, the smaller 45 boy pack I was in had grown to 65
boys. We had a serious discussion about whether we should
continute to grow and have to split again, because it had been a
difficult process. I count the success of the first split in the
fact that the pack committee voted to continue to grow and split
again if we had to, knowing that it would be best for the boys,
even though it would cause us adults some grief. I left town
before I found out the results of that growth.
____'/____ George Crowl
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