Kim Moye (kmoye@SPDMAIL.SPD.DSCCC.COM)
Tue, 23 Jul 1996 12:52:10 -0500
like most people, i showed up with my first grade son and was told each group
(after we were broken up) needed to have a den leader, asst den leader,
and committee member before we left or ther would be no den. my council
actually encourages this.
needless to say, no one *likes* this method; however, someone usually steps
last year, i told the parents at the *beginning* of the meeting what to
this year we are trying a new method. the same week as school nite, not that
day, i will be sending home with the boys a four page letter stating that
this is a signup meeting and the expectations for the parents. i also
have listed 4 contact people for them to call with questions.
i have made overheads to show them the time involved (along with some
funny (i hope) reasons why i do this along with some cartoons).
again, this is the first year we have attempted this. if even a few parents
read it, i'm ahead of the game. *i* did not come the first time expecting
to sign up and pay, let alone be asked to do *something*.
when i was the den leader coach, i made books for the cubs and tigers with
our pack policy, info on scouting, forms, and how to run the first few
den meetings. my new tiger cub organizer has beat my book hands down.
we had those ready for the new leader at school nite along with a date to
view fast track training.
i also this year will have info i have got off this group (thanks!) about
tax savings (could have used that one myself), BSA policy book and a list
from our local men's shop of prices.
also, our training chair schedules a basic class within a few weeks of
school nite. this is good and bad. good in that it is available quickly,
bad in the fact, i don't think the new leaders yet realize how much they
will need that training. that's also covered in an overhead (he he).
i have a *loud* voice...just ask any of my boys. i typically do not use
a microphone at pack meetings, but have one for others. i *do* use it at
school nite. this is a great help
webelos den leader
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