Re: Splitting a Den
Mike Gay (mngay@INFOCOM.NET)
Thu, 19 Sep 1996 07:06:03 -0500
>Our situation: One our our 2 Webelos dens has 12 boys in it right now.
>Over the past summer, in pretty informal disussions, it was decided that
>the den should be split into two. Leadership is not a problem, we have
>several parents willing to jump in and help (one is our District Chairman).
Oops...sounds like you forgot to get the original den leader involved in the
'pretty informal disussions'! Nothing like shooting yourself in the foot before
you get started. Put yourself in her position, "Hey, Jane, we think that your
den is too big. Yeh, I know that you have nurtured and guided these guys
since they were Tigers, but...".
Now for the 'good of the boys' philosophy: Seems to me that if they have
been together since Tigers there must be something she is doing right!
Doesn't sound like the boys have fully bought into the idea, although they
are just kids and don't really count that much :( . How can a group of this
size stay together for 3 full years and not shatter if they don't have a bond?
<snip all of the problems...any one stands alone>
>In talking with the original leader, she said that she felt that the whole
>idea was forced on the boys and their parents.
Might you loose a leader, too?
>It is possible to keep the den together and split them internally into
>seperate groups as necessary, but will the program suffer?
Why? See above.
This discussion is 'me' last year. I started out with 9 Tigers, grew to 10
Wolfs and to 12 Bears. All I've known are big dens. (Now have 12 Webelos).
Last year CM said my den was too big. Maybe I should split up into 2 dens.
I asked if he had any complaints from anyone, re my leadership, style,
discipline (or lack of) or just why my den needed to split. He said that it
was just getting too big. Sounded to me like he had read something.
Now, while trying to not be too posessive, if I ever felt that I could not
my den (and at times these feelings do jump on me with a vengeance), be
it discipline, program quality or guidance, I would be the FIRST to seek help.
I can only imagine that this DL (above) would feel the same way.
BTW and MI [More Importantly], NONE of the above was done without much
help from my Co-Den Leader and the parents of my boys. We have all made
the Cobra Patrol the best den in the Pack. You've gotta have GOOD HELP.
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