Making fun of Scouting??
Barry C Runnels (Barry_C_Runnels@MMACMAIL.JCCBI.GOV)
Wed, 5 Feb 1997 09:54:02 CST
> I have been in it 15 years now is people take it way to serious.....its
> meant to be fun ....simple as that. The Cub Scout pack I am cubmaster of
> has grown in the past 5 yeras to double its size when I took over, why,
> because I have put the fun back into it.
Mark is right on target here. But what he forgot is his goal or purpose for
the Pack. Cub Scouts didn't start just for fun, it started to help boys
gain better respect for themselves and others and learn positive values
good examples. But to do all this successfully, they have to have fun.
We also drive our Pack with fun. We added to our outdoor program, and we
usually have more parents at our Pack meetings then Scouts because they
found it to be a fun family activity and a great place to laugh.
But some people still look at Cub's as just a place for kids to play for an
hour a week. My Webelos assistant just doesn't get it. When he see's the
boys having trouble with projects (actually going slower than he would
like) he takes the project and finishes it himself. In our pack the Webelos
lead all flag ceremonies. When he showed up with his son 45 minutes late
for practice and learned I gave the position to someone else 15 minutes
ago, dad was visibly angry. When I asked his son how the Color Guard
dresses, he understood and knew color guard wears full uniform. But his dad
couldn't stand it and ask me to lay off.
It's not the uniform I am concerned with, it's the responsibility. The son
knew this because I tell them all the time. He is not the first Webelos
color guard to show up without a neckerchief. I simply ask them to solve
the problem then walk off. I am more concerned how they solved the problem.
Nine times out of ten, they borrow one. You should see how creative they
can get looking for a quick neckerchief slide.
We have a great Pack, it doubled in 3 years. FUN is how we start
everything. Parents often tell me their boys have a lot of respect for the
Pack leaders. It's because we respect the boys.
If your having trouble with attendance, check your fun meter. It's probably
low. Keep up the good work Mark and don't hold back on some FUN advice and
ideas to help us do a better job.
You just gotta love this Scouting stuff.
"Mighty" Pack 339
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City