What do new Den leaders need?
Deirdre LaRock (butterbuns@EARTHLINK.COM)
Sun, 22 Sep 1996 10:06:45 -0400
Just echoing most of what Susan said (hey I remembered names this time,
actually wrote them down.) Get them books, new if possible, used if not.
If you have any old Powwow books lying around, or information from previous
roundtables, make copies and go over them with the new leaders. While
information is great, if you overload them it can be a bit overwhelming.
Get them this years program helps and let them look at helps from previous
years, many of the ideas are repeated.
Get these people to come to Roundtable, and if you have an upcoming event
(Powwow, etc.) get them there, too. Pick them up and drive them if you have
to, get them there. Get them to watch a copy of the new Fast Start Training
(especially the new Tiger Cub leaders!) Roundtable counts as training for a
reason! Try and see if babysitting will be offered at your Roundtable, that
is sometimes a problem.
Get them a list of easy (free) day trips they can go on with their den.
Each council is supposed to have a list of these things. If possible, help
them or find a volunteer to help them plan a few neat den activities.
Suggest a trip to a library or other such thing that could be fun and count
as credit toward rank.
We want it to be fun and something that advances the boys. One of our dens
took a trip to a TV station, it was free, they had a blast, and it counts
Most importantly, let them know they are not alone! Keep in contact! Call
them and remind them of Roundtable, any upcoming fundraisers, events, etc.
While it may seem easy for you to remember everything going on, for a
newcomer it is not. They may not automatically have the last Tuesday of the
month engrained as Pack Meeting day. Give them a phone list of other
leaders, the BSA office, and if you have really helpful parents in their
den, include them. I'm sure the leaders will appreciate this as well.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City