Re: Pack Leadership
Kenneth De Vilbiss (K_E_DeVilbiss@MSN.COM)
Fri, 19 Jul 1996 22:20:21 UT
You've had some really good suggestions as to how to help with your Pack
leadership problems. I just wanted you to know it can be done. It will take
all your patience, but the good feeling you get when the Pack is up and
running again is worth it.
In 1989, Ken & I arrived here in Louisville, and were steered toward a P
that was known to be having problems by the DE. Ken had been an ACM & WL and
I had been a TC & DL at our former Pack in Bellevue, NE. Both of us were on
Roundtable staff there too (Hi Wagon Wheel District!). So I guess the DE saw
a way to use his newest resources. You use yours too. Unit Commissioners,
DE, Parents, old Scouters, whatever 7 whoever you can.
Our new Pack had no trained leaders, no formal CC or CM, just 2 women wh
were doing what they could. One, had a 15 year old who had been through Cubs,
and she had been trained (as a DL) when he was a Bobcat, 7-8 years before.
The other had watched the Fast Start video, but that was all the training she
was willing to take. Both were glad to see us and readily abandoned the job
to us and a parent who had volunteered to be the new CM. We immediately
declared training a mandatory requirement for all leaders. Yes we lost a
leader or 2 (the Pack had close to 100 boys and 11 dens), but we gained more
than we lost. If your old guard resists, bring in your Chartering
Organization. They can back you up. The argument that "You wouldn't send
your child to school if it didn't have trained teachers, would you?" worked
Then you just have to keep plugging. Do avoid making them totally depen
on you. Spread the work around as best you can. If they think you are going
to do it all, you will burn out and they will be back to square one. We look
with pride on the 2 years we spent rebuilding Pack 69. Even though we had to
move on to Pack 80, we still feel a connection to a Pack that was a labor of
love. And it is still a strong pack today.
Ellen & Ken DeVilbiss K_E_DeVilbiss@msn.com
Positions too numerous to mention, but Ken (& son John) just finished his OA
I used to be an Owl, but I'm married to a Bear. I don't know what that makes
me, but I'm grumpy when awakened!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City