Jan Mussler (mussler@SPOT.COLORADO.EDU)
Tue, 20 Aug 1996 22:01:52 -0600
My 2 cents - I suspect Webelo's drop out in our pack has multiple causes.
1. Our Webelo's leaders haven't time (working 2 jobs, travel a lot) to
retrain nor were they encouraged to do so. Nobody's fault and hopefully
will be corrected with the new Committee.
2. Conflicts - skiing is big here; 4th, 5th grade is beginning of more
competative team sports after school (basketball for one). We have after
school sports which are big all through elem. school. OM (Odyssy of
the Mind) is big in our school and I believe while the younger kids are
often not graded, the older age projects are. Science fair is not juried
for younger grades; mandatory for older elem students.
3. Lack of sufficient parental support - we are rural with long commutes.
Busy families traveling in summer and not around for camping. Kids with
other parent in summer. Again, parents do the best they can but I'm not
sure how we could implement some of the great activities others Packs have
without more people resources. we're stretched pretty thin at times.
4. Insufficient enthusiasm for the Program - I'll qualify this.
We're remote from the Office (15 miles) and even more remote from the
Roundtable and training sites (30 miles RT; Pow Wow was 1 1/2 hours;
Akela's Retreat is 2 1/2 hours (about 90 miles) away. It's
easier for me to get to Training events, where you are motivated to the
max. I'm working part-time. For my husband - it's not so easy. He
commutes a long distance, works full time, feels his family time is pretty
short as it is. Training is a luxury. Then there's child care if we both
go. We take turns going to Roundtable. I think the CM always wants hubby
to go, but I feel it's important for me to go as well. I can always get
the notes, but the networking is as important. I'm not sure how we solve
these dilemmas for our families. We've made it a priority in our family.
But is it wrong if music, for example, or sports is #1 in another family
and Scouts is #2? All are external motivation activites needed for
developing young people.
Just some thoughts.
Jan Mussler, Bear DL, Pack 170, Nederland, CO
Arapahoe District, Longs Peak Council
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