pack meetings/tiger cubs
Kim Moye (kmoye@SPDMAIL.SPD.DSCCC.COM)
Mon, 19 Aug 1996 12:01:56 -0500
My pack has always included Tigers in all activities. I set up a schedule
(opening, skit, song, etc) that allows the dens the opportunites for rank,
arrowpoints and to show-off. Tigers (in the past) received beads in their
den meetings and patches (from the Patch Place) at the Pack meeting. Last
year I had 3 Tiger Lairs with approx 27 boys. Few meetings went over an
hour. (I really try to watch the time, and everyone knows the meeting goes
by MY watch). We do something a little different about rank ceremonies.
Since all of the boys work at their own pace, they get their rank advancement
as soon as they earn it. ALL the ranks have their own ceremony at some point.
Typically Blue and Gold for Webelos, March for Bears, April for Wolves and
May for Bears. This way the den leaders *DO* have a date to shoot for, but
we are not holding the boys back in getting their rank or arrowpoints.
The advancement ceremonies replace the skits so we still very seldom run over.
I know I'll probably get flamed for the way I run the Pack, but I felt very
strongly that all the boys deserve a special ceremony. I also leave it
to the den leaders if they want to do the ceremony or if they want me to
come up with something. The den leaders have always wanted to do their own!
This also makes it easier for me in planning. The den leaders have at least
two-three months notice of their assignments.
In regards to Marie's question about pinewood derbys...our council never
put a number on the number of boys that could go from each pack. However,
now our district does not have a pinewood derby. (Sounds like a good job
for that new Roundtable Commissioner to bring it back!)
webelos den leader
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