Cub Scouts need help - LP
Laurie Pierce (Laurie640@AOL.COM)
Wed, 19 Feb 1997 15:06:40 -0500
Thank you for all of your replys to my pack situation. Sorry I've been so
long in replying - we were busy passing the flu around in our house, but
we've all recovered
I'll try to be as brief as possible - alot of you had good suggestions,
butI'm afraid some of you may have misunderstood me :-(
I said that I was unhappy with the way things are going in our pack and
appeared to be the only one saying anything about it. I think what I should
have said I felt like I am the only one trying to find any solution. I
beleive several people are unhappy.
*Why do I push the issue of kids receiving their rank when they earn it?
Simple. That is the way the Cub Scout program in designed. It states it
boys books and in several places of the Cub Scout Leaders book.
*Why not make them hold back the last step until January so they don't
complete the Wolf (Bear, etc) too soon to receive it at the Blue and Gold?
Well, why discourage the kids from earning something? Why should they have
to wait until February to receive their rank and some arrows? One badge at a
time can be more meaningful than a handful.
Don't I think it's pushing the kids to ask/want for they and their parents to
complete the Wolf/Bear trail in Oct/Nov?
No. I live in a small town in the Northeast - as one leader wrote to me, you
can't grow a garden when you're buried under snow <g>. Our kids are off of
the middle of June until the last day or two of August. 2-1/2 months can be
time off school, even if you go away for a week or two. We don't have much
in the way of activities here. What better time for the kids to work in
their books? There are no sports going on (unless you have the money to
participate in the traveling baseball team - and not that many
participate...- not all because of money...). There is no catechism (in our
case that's where you spend Saturday morning during the school year -
followed by sports in the afternoon i.e. football, soccer). IMHO (and that
of the moms in our den) the kids (and parents) are not running around like
chickens with no heads <g>. It is MHO, that we parents (and kids) can have
of fun working on the trail with no homework (early bedtime), or sports to
run off to. Just the long lazy days of summer - WHen, the kids do get bored.
Let them do something worthwhile (and better yet - there's a list already
written in those Cub Scout Books) <BG>.
It's not my intention to pressure anyone - I AM considering the childrens
activities. Just because they earn there rank in the fall doesn't mean they
have to become bored with scouting - it can mean taking some of the pressure
off their already busy lives. They can earn their rank in late fall
(guidelines in the Cub Scout
leaders manuel say rank should take approx 6 months - which would bring you
into November - October if you've been busy), then while school is in full
swing (and sports and religion classes etc.) they can be under less pressure
to complete the rank work. I feel if they've started in June (or May when
given the books - but not quite in the correct grade...) you would really be
wrong to have them hold off on one step of the trail until December or
January - just to please some grownups.
OUr pack cubmaster...
Well... :-/ I don't know if she's had formal cubmaster training. If it
includes anything in the CS Leader manuel on how to run a pack - I would say
she has not. Round Table? No, she no longer attends.
There has been alot of disharmony (not sure that's a correct word, but trying
to be polite here) in our pack. I have not been to the last two or three
leaders meetings - most leaders don't go and of those who do it is my
understanding that leaders get up and walk out when they get tired of
listening to the #%$@#!$.
I did go to our Committee Chair and spoke with her last week. It seems there
is no way our Tigers can receive their Bobcat at the June picnic - it's a
picnic and no awards are given out then (although in my stupid opinion I
can't understand why that
would be so hard). I was told if I feel that strongly about it then to plan
on bringing it up ONe YEAr in ADvance for planning (Geez, and I was taught in
GS to "Be Prepared).
I was also told that there is no promise that if I ask at the Summer planning
meeting for the boys to be given their rank when earned that it will be given
to them (prior to next February).
I really feel this pack is being run for the adults namely two who are in
charge of awards (Advancement Chair - who holds three committee positions)
and giving awards (Cubmaster). There seems to be no changing their minds on
this. I understand we have a large pack (just under 100 kids), but I can't
beleive holding awards is in the best interest of the kids.
I better run - my two year old "Wanna-be" a Tiger is up from his nap...
Thanks for listening,
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City