Cub Roundtable & Pack Sharing
Richard L. Axtman (axtman@CASTLE.DRC.COM)
Tue, 15 Oct 1996 10:26:17 -0400
kim moye, cubmaster, webelos leader, pack 308, allen, tx, wrote:
My question is: "What would you want/need from Roundtable if you
were a Committee Chair or Committee member?" Historically in my
district, the CC shows up either with the Cubmaster or as a backup
to the Cubmaster.
Hello Kim and SCOUTS-L,
In The Greater Lowell Council, Cub Scout Leader Roundtable, after we
meet as a whole group, then we split into four groups;
Tiger Cub Leaders Den Leaders
Webelos Leaders Cubmasters/Committee Members
We have a Roundtable Staff Leader(s) that help plan and lead the
discussions within each of these groups. I am a member of the
Roundtable Staff and I work with the Cubmasters/Committee Members
In the split we share information with each other, such as ways
to hold interesting meetings, graduation and award ceremonies,
names of places to go and visit, and names of contacts to arrange
these visits with and helping to plan other Pack events.
I have been a big promoter of arranging large "Inter-Pack Activities"
where Packs join each other. At things such as sporting events
(college and professional Football, Hockey, and Baseball games),
plus other group type outings.
By sharing what and who you know it helps each Pack deliver a
better program for all our boys. It also helps NEW leaders with
information that could be hard for them to find. I've made some
great friends with other Pack Leaders who have often come to and
shared in my Packs events and made it "OUR EVENT" (theirs and mine
Examples: We had a "Cubmobile Race" (soap box derby) and
invited other Packs to join us.
We went on a weekend "Family Camping" trip and
had other packs join us camping. If they couldn't
make it overnight they came up for the day activities
and then enjoyed our campfire that night, filled with
ghost stories and jokes, that they too contributed to.
We are going to a college football game and
many Packs plan to join this.
We take turns providing a "Santa Claus," for our little
siblings, at each other Pack meetings.
We had a Council-Wide Pinewood Derby race off.
I have tried to make Scouting a more open and shared program,
where Packs help Packs, both in Roundtable meetings and in our
Pack programs. A few years ago it wasn't like this, Leaders kept
their secrets (or at least they thought they were) and did not
share much, unless it was the obvious things, but now they are
all starting to share more things, and more often.
I have found that, the more Cub Scouts you bring together for an
outing or special event, the more fun it is and the more
Trained Scout Leadership you will have to run it. By joining
forces all of us have become stronger and learned more from
each other. It has also increased the number of leaders that
attend Roundtable meetings.
Just an idea I thought I'd share with you Cub Scouters and maybe
you can share it with other leaders.
Best In Scouting,
Cubmaster, Pack 6
and Roundtable Staff
The Greater Lowell Council, BSA
Lowell, Massachusetts, USA
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