Re: National Den Award Issue
Mon, 18 Nov 1996 15:39:26 -0600
Craig McGarrah asked:
>The prospect of meeting year round is not a popular one. Everyone needs a
break >(see recent thread on burning out) and so do the Den Leaders and I.
We run a good >active program, but can never get this because of the wording
of this requirement. >Does anyone know the background and intent of this?
How do other Packs deal >with this?
The background is simple, Craig. One of the most frequent complaints about the
Cub Scouting program is that is it too dependant upon the "academic year" rather
like the Boy Scout and Exploring programs, "year-round programs". Many Packs
meet very aggressively during the school year, only to fizzle out with the
conclusion of the school year. Only those Packs that really work at
developing a year-round
program do well, and those are usually the same Packs that have had continuous
tenure from year to year.
The National Summertime Pack, National Den and the individual Summertime Pack
pins for wear by Cubs are all part of trying to get more Packs to develop
programs that *don't have to be associated with earning something*. Many Packs
suspend Den operation during the summer except for a monthly Den meeting; those
Packs opt for a Pack "activity" which also incorporate presentation of
advancements and welcoming in of transferred or new Cubs and their families.
Packs choose to try and continue the same type of program that they have been
doing during the other nine months. Still other Packs leave much of the
programming to the Den Leader and Assistant and do NOT have a Pack meeting
one during the summer months.
This is also the reason in a large part why your Council emphasises Akela Camp
and Cub Day Camp during the summer and tries as hard as they can to get your
Pack involved in other Council activities during the summer months.
Hope that helps out, Craig....
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (Settummanque, the blackeagle)
(Brigade) Signal Officer, TF 21, 21st Theater Army Area Command
Kaiserslautern, Federal Republic of Germany
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