Re: pack leadership
Keith Tilley (redcoat@NEXTSTEP.NET)
Sun, 14 Jul 1996 16:34:38 -0400
In response to Ron Dean:
I think your note refutes the argument that "having fun" means not having to
plan - you've cited examples where the boys and their families missed out on
opportunities to have fun because the Pack's adults didn't feel like doing
the necessary work.
As Committee Chairman, you have all the authority you need to correct this
problem. You sound like you've already taken control and started to do just
that. Here are a couple of things you should consider:
1. Is your Chartered Organization involved? If not, you should arrange to
meet with them. One of their obligations is to help you secure quality
2. Are your leaders (including yourself) trained? If not, take care of that
right now. You might even consider making training a condition for being a
leader in your Pack - if you don't go to training, you can't stay.
Remember, *your* signature has to go on every Leader Application and every
3. I've been on both sides - Pack leadership and Council leadership - and my
opinion is that your Pack should spend its money on its own program.
You're exactly right that if the boys earned the money, then they should
benefit directly from its use, A family campout is fine *if* that's what
most people want to do, but you should also consider all the other things
your boys and families might want to do. Schedule a Committee meeting to
address the specific topic of the money, and invite all of the parents.
Whoever attends will make the decision democratically (of course, within
4. You mentioned that you were worried about losing experienced leaders.
Are you talking about Den Leaders or Committee Members? If your Dens are
functioning well, there's no reason to disturb your experienced Den Leaders
- though you may have to remind them that the Pack Committee makes the
Pack's decisions. On the other hand, if you're worried about losing
experienced Committee Members, you should only worry about the ones who are
doing a good job - let the rest go! In my experience, a Committee of two
good people is much more effective than a Committee of a dozen lazy ones.
Above all, keep in mind that you're working to make the boys' experience a
better one, and that's what makes it all worthwhile.
Rip Van Winkle Council, NY
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City