Re: Cubmaster's Duties
Randy Worcester (RandyWoo@AOL.COM)
Mon, 19 May 1997 11:23:59 -0400
It is unusual to get up to a fully functioning committee in one year. It
could take several. But, like most things in Scouting, it begins with the
program. A really exciting program will attract adults as well as the boys.
First, we tell our Cubmasters that the job is for two years. The former
Cubmaster becomes Committee Chair, Charter Rep, or Ass't Cubmaster. So they
are still around for moral support. At the beginning of the second year,
make it known that you are leaving the position at the end of the year. Ask
who will volunteer to replace you at every meeting to jog memories and stress
the importance of it. Tell your potential Cubmaster that you are sticking
around for a year as CC to help recruit, so the job will be only half of what
you had to do.
At our program meeting before the year starts, each Den is expected to take
the lead for one major activity...popcorn, Scout Show, B&G, Pinewood,
campout, etc. The Den Leader can take it on if they wish or they can
delegate it to a parent in their den. The parent in turn recruits their
help. They need to show up at two or three meetings to report their progress
and needs. (Whoopee..You have delegated the recruiting for these jobs!)
Parents that are truly interested will rise to the top where you can
identify them. You then individually ask them to take a committee position
such as treasurer, advancement, etc. After having attended a few committee
meetings, they will see that the meetings are not that bad.
Also, make the committee meetings fun. Bring a pot of coffee, show a video
occasionally (a training tape), show a game from the roundtable, set out Pow
Wow books for them to look through, have a Scout cake in Feb., a BBQ program
meeting. Do things that get the members to interact. If they get to know
each other, they will begin to look forward to the fellowship each month.
Lastly, ask your Unit Commish for advice.
Corpus Christi, TX
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City