Re: Splitting pack
John Conley (iti@FRONTIERNET.NET)
Thu, 29 May 1997 16:29:34 -0700
I believe that a 120 boy pack is so large that it can't deliver the best
possible program to the boys. (Although I know that some in this forum
disagree with that statement). I also believe that by splitting a 120
boy pack you will not end up with two 60 boy packs, but two 65 or 70 boy
packs, given some time and strong leadership. So I would say go for the
It is important to get the parents behind this, and involved in the
process. If they understand the reason for the split (to deliver a
better program to their sons) and are involved, they will be much more
cooperative than if they feel that something is being crammed down their
I think that geography is a good way to make the split, but you will
need to have some flexibility at first for the families already in
the program. For a variety of reasons, some will not want to belong
to the "correct" pack. Be flexible now, and as new families join, get
them into the right pack. In a few years this particular problem will
be behind you.
I suggest that you keep the two committees and programs completely
separate, except for helping the new pack to get up and running. I
once saw a pack split where the committees "worked together". After
a year or so, there were two pack committees on paper, but both were
meeting together again. Eventually, both packs were meeting together.
Now, one pack has folded and they have a 120 boy pack again.
Finally, you can get plenty of help in achieving this split from your
District Commissioner and District Executive. Your DE, in particular,
should be very willing to help, since it is in his or her best interest
to gain a unit.
My opinion only. See you on the Trail
Arrowhead District Commissioner
Finger Lakes Council (NY)
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