SPLITTING PACK contd.
AL DEBENEDETTO (alcjjj@MSN.COM)
Tue, 10 Jun 1997 04:33:10 UT
Well, it is 12:07in the morning. I got back from the Pack committee meeting
at 10:45pm and have been talking with my husband since. He finally decided to
call it a night. I on the other hand, need to seek the advice once again from
my fellow Scouters.
I wrote to you all last week about splitting a pack of 120 Cub Scouts and how
your experience had been and/or advice as to the best way to go about it
(geographically?, etc...). The committee and den leaders talked for 2 and a
half hours and have decided not to split the pack (due to the difficulty in
forming another committee). However, we need to do something since the size
of the pack with family members as well could reach up to 300 people at a pack
meeting. We are toying with the idea of having one committee but two pack
meetings a month splitting up the pack that way. Half the group wants to
split the scouts by their age, that is, have the Webelos Scouts and the Bear
Scouts have a separate pack meeting from the Tiger and Wolf Scouts. This way
the ages of the boys would not be so varied and the attention of the scouts
would stay more focused on Scouts around their own age. The feeling was that
we could offer the boys more age appropriate activities since the age range
would not be so great. Also, we would not have to split up any grades since
we are a small town of 5400 with only one elementary school. The other half
thought that if we split up the meetings by age, the younger Scouts would not
have the benefit of seeing the things the older scouts do and especially feel
that having the younger scouts see the Webelos scouts and all they do is an
incentive for the young scouts to continue on in scouting. Still another
committee member thinks that maybe splitting up this way is not necessary.
Maybe if we rethink the way we run pack meetings, we will find the answer
We are to think up ways we could possibly make this work and meet again in
early July to discuss and hopefully decide on our course of action.
Any suggestions out there in regards to which way to split. How long are your
pack meetings and what do you hope to accomplish at each one?
Den Leader/Advancement Chair
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City