National Den Award
Kim Moye (kmoye@SPDMAIL.SPD.DSCCC.COM)
Tue, 5 Nov 1996 09:52:03 -0600
I believe that the requirements to have two den and one pack activity
each month is to ensure a year long program. Scouting *is* a year long
event. The requirement for den meetings does not specify how many boys
need to attend the meeting. It is difficult but not impossible to arrange
it around *most* of the boys vacations.
In my pack, we have been the only den to earn this, and I'm sure it's do in
large part to having to meet over the summer. Craig's posting about
leader burn-out has much crediblity. What I have done in the past is
"delegate" out the den leader position over the summer. I put parents in
charge and give them the award applications that I would like to see
accomplished. They helped the boys earn the Texas Badge and World Conservation
Award. They still meet at my house, but I got a big break.
I also tell my pack leaders that summer is the *easiest* time for me to
have fun meetings. We get to go outside and work on sports beltloops or
take to the trails to work on naturalist/forester, etc.
To avoid burn-out, I would encourage the leaders to delegate and give the
other adult a *specific* goal of what they need to do. I have only been
disappointed with this approach one time in 4 years.
pack 308/allen tx
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