Re: pack leadership
Marc W. Solomon (m_solomon@ALLI.COM)
Wed, 17 Jul 1996 18:23:24 -0500
At 03:43 AM 7/16/96 -0500, Mary E. Anderson wrote:
>I too, came into a pack 2 yrs. ago, with unstable pack leadership.
This, unfortunately, is the nature of the beast. With the relatively short
time a family is involved with a pack, by the time the parents are recruited
(if they are at all), their son is about to graduate to a troop. By this
time the parents are usually burnt out on Scouting (or Cubbing) and want
nothing to do with the pack or are too busy with the troop to be effective
with the pack. I have seen many packs that have three to four good years
and then start to degrade (usually quite quickly) until a new set of parents
pick up the torch. And the cycle continues...
The cycle with the troops is somewhat dependant on the cycle going on in the
pack but with the longer time the parents are involved with the troop, the
troop will have a few years where things slow down a little while the pack
is not feeding the troop new Scouts but the degradation of program until the
next set of parents revitalize the troop is not as steep as the degradation
in the troop. If the troop is lucky enough to have more than one feeder
pack, this cycle can be reduced.
Another reason troops tend to be more stable is that I know more adults who
will stay with a Troop after their sons move on than adults who will stay
with the pack. I have one troop I am UC of that has 60-70% of its adult
leadership with no sons active in the troop!
OTOH, I recently received a phone call from a parent of a pack that feeds
into one of my troops asking me to assist him with a problem he was having.
It seems that the leaders of the troop were still running the pack their
sons came from for many years after their sons had bridged to the troop.
This gentleman, along with many of the other parents of sons in the pack,
felt that this leadership was no longer responsive to the needs of the pack.
He wanted me to assist in asking the old 'regime' to step down and let the
new one take over (with him as Cubmaster). With some coaching from me, he
did this very diplomatically and the pack seems to be doing much better
under the new 'regime'.
The main problem with pack leaderhip, IMHBCO, is that there isn't enough
time for the current leadership to both do their job for the current set of
Cubs AND recruit their replacements. This is the cause of the cyclic nature
of pack programs. The solution, again IMHBCO, is with the Commissioner
Staff. It is their job, working with the current pack leadership, to
recruit the future pack leadership. Unfortunately, that is not an easy job
(usually) and I would not wish it on anybody. Myself, I restrict my role as
a UC to troops.
Marc Solomon Unit Commissioner
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email@example.com Blackhawk Area Council (IL)
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