Re: Well, now I am a Cub Master...YIKES!!!!!!!!!!
Dave Rogers (DA6ver6@AOL.COM)
Fri, 14 Jun 1996 20:13:09 -0400
If you're a delegator, and you've got a strong committee and good den
leaders, you're on your way.
Be sure you've got good den leader coaches (or someone who can pass on from
experience some good do's and don'ts). Be sure you work hard to recruit and
develop good adult leaders ... both to assist you now, and to keep going all
the good things you'll surely initiate. Don't forget to groom a replacement.
The future of the Pack is depending on it.
Now, about those boys ... again, start with their parents, make sure they
know that BSA doesn't stand for baby sitting association (guess you've heard
that), but you need to get whole families involved, and not just be a
depository for the kids.
Have imaginative programs.
* for our Pinewood Derby, I wrote off to major race sponsors (Pennzoil,
Oldsmobile, etc.) and got them to send leftover freebies from the Indy 500,
and drag races, etc., which we used to decorate our track ... and give away
as prizes -- check with local car dealers or garages for addresses.
* for one Blue & Gold banquet, we asked parents to dig through the closets
and come up with photos and memorabilia from when they were in scouts. We
made a slide show from the pictures they provided, plus a contest out of
guessing which graying 60s Cub Scout photos matched which present-day dads.
... For another, we had a grand entry parade through the auditorium, complete
with floats built atop little red wagons.
* Have fun field trips for den meetings and entertaining guest speakers,
occasionally, for pack meetings. Our mayor, who had done time abroad with an
oil company, spoke as part of a program on patriotism. We conducted a mock
presidential election. We held an annual father-son cake bake and auction;
(we had small trouble with a rich dad driving up the bidding and keeping some
lesser endowed dads from buying their own kids' cakes, but we set limits, and
it still was a good fund-raiser ... and fun-raiser.)
I guess the key is to have good den leaders to make the weekly den meetings
fun for the kids, then make the monthly pack meetings fun for the whole
family. Going through Scouting from Tiger Cubs to Den Leader to Cubmaster, I
found it challenging to keep adding enough to keep the kids' interest. Crafts
work on Wolf Cubs, but you'll need some more grown up stuff for 2nd and 3rd
graders. And beyond that, there's Webelos. Our pack was always big on
mom-n-me, lad-n-dad and family campouts held by the council (The only
downside was that when kids moved up to Boy Scouts, they had already camped
in council camps so much, they wanted to go elsewhere for summer camp).
The best thing you can do as a Scout leader is ask other leaders in training
or forums like this. It's amazing how many good ideas are out there. Good
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City