Re: pack leadership
Mary E. Anderson (marya@SMARTNET.NET)
Tue, 16 Jul 1996 03:43:19 -0500
Ron and others with pack problems,
I too, came into a pack 2 yrs. ago, with unstable pack leadership.
However, today we are a very stong pack. (30 registered adults for 34
kids). I believe that the problem when I came in, was that pack policy
and program was not determined by BSA, but by pack habit. I
intentionally use the word habit, instead of tradition. What this means
is that the reason why 'they did things the way they did', was not
because of sentiment; but, because they preceived it as 'easier for
them'. This is an important distinction, because you can't change
tradition easily. Habits are hard enough.
One of the most impressive aspects of BSA is their literature. I've been
in GS for 25+ yrs and GS has nothing to compete with. Utilize this
stuff! "Don't reinvent the wheel." 'The Cub Leader Book' is a must. Read
it, Study it, Use it. Read how to conduct pack and committee meetings,
know who suppose to do what, utilize meeting plans and forms, do an
annual plan, etc..
How to implemnt change...The correct version is probably in BSA
literature somewhere, but here's what I do.
1. Identify the problem. If you can't identify the problem for
everyone, then they're probably not going to listen to suggestions for
2. Have a plan. The more complete the better...the best being a
plan where you've already gotten volenteers* to do it. At least enough
of a plan where those other leaders can't claim the 'habit way' is
easier. Again, BSA has plans for everything (well almost).
3. Present problem, suggestion, and your plan at committee
meeting. Be diplomatic and polite. Point out how this plan helps the
problem. Note the enthusium of your volenteers, and the benefits to the
boys. Avoid comparing, criticizing, and even talking about old way. Who
cares whose fault the problem is, stick with how we can fix the problem.
* on recruiting volenteers (I know this one's in the book) give up on
the sign-up here approach. People need to be contacted individually to
have any success (you can phone). Be specific as to what you want and
why you want them in particular.
> Ron wrote
> I can count on one hand the number of Leader meetings we had.
> Committie meetings were non-existant. "We don't need to meet each
> month, because we do not have anything to talk about. Let's not waste
> our valuable time".
Just make sure your meeting aren't a waste of time (chpt 6 CLB). Be
prepared, follow a plan, keep moving. A good meeting is where everyone
gets something useful out of it. Our pack does combine the den leaders
meeting with the committee meeting, and it works fine.
good luck, hope this helps.
CM Pack 3051
Heart of America Council-Pelathe District: Lawrence, KS
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City