Barry C Runnels (Barry_C_Runnels@MMACMAIL.JCCBI.GOV)
Thu, 5 Jun 1997 09:42:53 CST
> 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?
What we do is meet with the other Pack before recruiting and determine our
weak and strong areas. Then together we determine the numbers of Scouts
each Pack needs in each age group to strengthen the weak areas.
This method is more of an advantage for us then most Packs because we have
two Packs to work with. We have created two very balanced Packs with more
options to offer Parents.
Our two Packs handle each age group differently, so the parents and boys
can choose Pack the fits their schedules and Scouting needs the best. We
can build the Dens to the size the leaders are comfortable with and very
rarely do we put boys into dens they don't like.
I wish I had seen John Peeples advice before we split because every bit of
it is true. Splitting the Packs was a very painful and complicated process
for us. It created many hurt feelings that we are just now getting over
five years later. But the recruiting has been the one blessing that came
from the Split. We are the two strongest Packs in the District and have
more Cub Scouts than any other school in the District. I of course belong
to the "Mighty" of the two Packs.
"Mighty" Pack 339
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City