Re: SPLITTING PACK
John T. Peeples (john.peeples@STJUDE.ORG)
Thu, 29 May 1997 16:10:42 -0500
I'm interested in hearing how this works for you and others on the list.
In our District we had a similar pack that most felt should be split (over
130 boys and not enought space to hold meetings). There was an attempt to
start a new pack to relieve the pressure; however, the attempt was driven
by the Council (through a DE that was 'helping' while we were without a DE
of our own) and was never properly planned or communicated to the leaders,
parents and boys. The result (to make a long story a little shorter) was
2 packs that looked like one until one Cubmaster and group of leaders
moved to a new sponsor, took all the "active" folks with them and left the
other pack to die.
My point, taken from this experience ....
1) The decission to split needs to be one that comes from the
inside (pack committee, families and cubs) and have a plan that is
generally agreed to.
2) Be sure that both units have well trained leaders who are ready
to take the challenge of a new pack - the split really ends up with 2 new
packs, although only one may have a new unit #, both have a new life.
3) If you are lucky enough to have 2 or more separate schools or
obvious geographical areas to recruit from it seems life should be easier.
I'd be interested in hearing from others on the list how you handle a
situation like the one in our district where there is one large school in
a small town with and old established pack and a new pack both recruiting
at the same time. How do you avoid the "weak"-v-"strong" pack problems (I
suspect that the answer is in #2 above).
4) Although your District and Council can (and should) help with
this situation, I'd advise to be sure that the desire to split is from the
leaders and families and it is not seen as a move forced by the
"organization"; this has been a stumbling block for the pack I mentioned.
5) This split needs to be completed before you start your fall
recruiting at School nights - after 10 years I still can't believe the
number of times our Council has sent a green DE to a school to start a new
scout program without first having a sponsor, unit committee ... and
expect to get the entire program off the ground and running in an hour or
so of "high pressure sales talk" - no disrespect intended to those who run
good school nights, this is just a soapbox of mine.
Settle the 2 pack issue before bringing new people on board, that
way both units will look stronger and better organized and hopefully equal
to new comers.
I'm seeing lots of responses to this topic falsh across my banner as I
type this one, probably more that will have better ideas than mine (hey, I
need help with this one too!)
John T. Peeples, Scoutmaster Troop / Pack 231
First Presbyterian Church, West Memphis, Arkansas
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