Re: Tiger Mania recognitions
Stan Pope (StanDCmr@AOL.COM)
Sun, 18 Aug 1996 02:42:50 -0400
Peter's Concern: "4) A good size pack may typically have 2 dozen
Tiger Cubs. This year our pack may have more than 3 dozen Tigers.
Our pack meetings are pretty full already without individually
recognizing another 30 to 40 boys every meeting."
The following observation was expounded at a Philmont Training
Center "Cub Scout Growth" conference this summer. I think that
there may be some validity.
"As packs grow beyond approximately 40, their growth rate seems to decline.
There is some justification, therefore, to attempting to charter another
unit, perhaps by the same charter organization."
At first this seemed like it would not help anything, but here are some
1. If the Cubs are spread among more packs, then there are more pack
2. The Cubs get more opportunity to participate in pack meetings. Think how
long it would take if each Scout participate in one skit at each pack
3. The pack meetings can spend more time on each Cub's recognition without
extending the pack meeting into the wee, small hours of the morning!
4. If there are district or council events which limit participation from
each pack (e.g. my district's pinewood derby race includes only 4 boys from
each grade from each pack), more boys can participate.
5. More boys get to perform the pack's flag ceremony.
6. Separate pack meeting nights means that anyone with a regular conflict on
one pack's meeting night can still particiapte in Cub Scouting.
On the down side, a few more adult leaders are required: another cubmaster,
asst. cubmaster, committee chairman, committe members. But probably not
more den leaders and assistants.
Also, the charter organization might not be able to lay claim to "the largest
pack in the district", for whatever that is worth.
I'm not sure that I've "bought off" on this yet, but it does seem to make
some sense. And it would surely appeal to a "numbers driven" professional
Anyone have experiences, good or bad, with this?
I used to be a Beaver, and I used to be an Antelope... I've got you
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City