Re: SPLITTING PACK
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Wed, 4 Jun 1997 01:02:51 -0400
I wrote the following in response to a question that was similar to yours
about 8 months ago. I hope it may have a few helpful nuggets for you.
Date: Sat, 14 Sep 1996 15:47:25 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Michael F. Bowman" <mfbowman@CapAccess.org>
To: SCOUTS-L - Youth Groups Discussion List <SCOUTS-L@TCUBVM.IS.TCU.EDU>
Subject: Re: Pack Split
While there are no perfect textbook answers on who to go about splitting
a Pack, here are a few ideas that may help:
1. Try to develop a concensus among the parents about a split - but
don't do it, if it will hurt the program offered to the boys. Most of
the time it will make it better if the unit is really big (over 100)
because the individual Scouts will get more personal recognition and
chances to participate.
2. Plan or target a time several months down the road for the split.
3. Encourage each leader at the Pack level to have a shadow leader - one
who will do the same job in the new Pack. After a few months of sharing
the load the second person will hopefully have picked up some of the
corporate experience and know how to ease the transition.
4. For the dens, work with the den leaders and families over this time
to try to make sure the new unit has a good healthy mix of Tigers,
Wolves, Bears, and Webelos.
5. Nobody should be forced to stay or go.
6. Work out a plan with the current chartering organization on how to
deal with the finances. All of the current members will have paid
registration fees and contributed to fundraising. And although the money
belongs to the chartered organization, most will be glad to make a
proportionate distribution of assets to the new unit. You should work
with your professional staff on this one.
7. Develop some agreements before the split on how to handle future
recruiting, fundraising, meeting nights, and the like so that later on
down the road the two units don't end up at each other's throats over one
of these issues.
8. Plan a few joint activities for the first few months - Pack outings
where the boys can still be with their friends from before the split. By
forcing sharing there is less chance later for unhealthy relationships to
9. Throughout the process continue to evaluate, remaining flexible to
change in the interests of the boys.
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
Dep.Dist.Commissioner-Training, G.W.Dist., NCAC, BSA (Virginia)
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