Jan Mussler (mussler@SPOT.COLORADO.EDU)
Tue, 16 Jul 1996 07:48:37 -0600
Ron, Don't get discouraged with your Pack Leadership! Things can change
and they may even happen a little faster than Kipp described. Our Pack
also seemed to struggle so much last year - but with some "gentle"
encouragement (don't read that as pushy, ramrod etc!), we have put
together what looks to be a much stronger Pack Committee. We did opt, at
my initial urging that we change chartered orgs. After I made a couple
contacts with them, which no one else had done, it was obvious that the
Lions Club in Nederland were struggling with survival issues of their own
and no longer had the physical and human resources to provide the Pack
with what was needed. We contacted the PTO.
We also had the "old Guard" who had gone through a spell where the
"parents didn't care" and they took on the leadership to hold together a
nearly 40 year Nederland Pack. Not a bad goal. That they could have used
some more help was obvious. That they forgot or got tired of asking
didn;t help. They were burned out from doing it all. The other Wolf
leader and I did some asking around for Committee Members and guess what -
we got some! New CM too. I also brought in the UC - why they didn't
earlier I'm not sure. Just having that much BSA experience in the room is
a big help and a confidence booster.
Training really is the key. Offer to drive to Roundtable, PowWow, Akela's
Retreat. I asked the new CC to tent with me at the Retreat. I'll have a
pal and she'll get some training which, at least for me, increased my
committment and gave me a structure to organize activities in.
You can't do it all, remember that. Ask for help. As others get more
involved and things liven up, they won't mind helping more and they'll be
more knowledgeable about Scouting in general. That lack of knowledge is a
killer. It won't happen exactly as you hope. It didn't for me. But it
sure is happening a lot better than last year. I really like the idea
that I don't have to do the Pack organization and run a Den too.
Hang in there!
Jan Mussler, Bear DL, Pack 170, Nederland, CO
Arapahoe District, Longs Peak Council
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