Re: Help Wanted: Den Chiefs Apply Within
John Pannell (PANNELLJ@DELPHI.COM)
Fri, 6 Jun 1997 09:43:57 -0400
Bruce Cobern wrote:
>But I don't see this as the SM's problem. As I recall the original post,
>the dens were meeting at the same time as the troop. Therefore, as I see
>it, there can be no available den chiefs from the troop, because I
>wouldn't want any of my Scouts to miss all or most of almost every meeting.
>If the den leaders want den chiefs from that particular troop, then they
>better move their meetings to some other time. Otherwise, look elsewhere.
>But this is not the SM's problem, it is the den's.
While I agree with him that the direct problem - recruiting den chiefs from
a particular troop - lies in the pack for the reasons he gave, there is a
problem here for the troop as well.
Most here will be familiar with the phrase "fifth column". The use of Den
Chiefs is a very good recruiting tool. If the "right" boys perform their
job well, they will become a positive influence in helping the Cub (and
later Webelos) decide which troop to join. If the Cub Pack decides to turn
to another troop, besides the one that shares the same chartering
organization, for their Den Chiefs the SM in the original post may well find
that he is recruiting far fewer Webelos from this pack. Since recruiting
boy is an issue for the troop, it behooves this SM (and the troop committee)
to work with the pack.
While a boy missing most of the troop meetings is not an accpetable option
in most cases perhaps there is a way to get a den chief from this
troop. How about using more than one Scout to fill this position,
each serving "part time"? How about recruiting an older Scout --
say of JASM age -- who is no longer actively participating in the
troop, but would be interested in working full time with the Cub
I wish I had thought of these when I sent my first response to the
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