Re: What would have helped...?
Keith Tilley (redcoat@NEXTSTEP.NET)
Sat, 1 Jun 1996 10:08:13 -0400
>What, in your opinion, would have been the most helpful thing to know in
>yur first year as a Den Leader, that you know now that you didn't know
As a new Cub Scout Leader, I think the most important thing for you to know
is the resources available to help you do your job. You'll learn about the
publications, program helps, etc. at Cub Leader Basic Training, but usually
only time and experience will teach you about the people who can help
(Commissioners, professionals, District and Council volunteers, your
counterpart in the next Pack who may have a little more experience, and - of
course! - gatherings like this one where hundreds of Scouters are eager to
help). Too often, Cub Scout leaders get the idea that District and Council
services are geared primarily toward Boy Scouts (and, unfortunately,
sometimes they're right!), and so they don't explore them.
When I train, I try to emphasize this point, but since the first few months
of a Den Leader's service are pretty hectic and all geared toward the boys,
I don't think it's one of the things they remember.
We should provide as much personal support as possible to new Cub Scout
leaders, so they feel like members of the family right away. It would make
those first few months a lot easier, and besides, Scouting doesn't really
start to be fun until you start developing your new set of Scouting friends.
Rip Van Winkle Council, NY
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City