Re: SPLITTING PACK contd.
AL DEBENEDETTO (alcjjj@MSN.COM)
Tue, 10 Jun 1997 23:35:57 UT
Drew, thanks for your response. The problem with having 300 people at a Pack
Meeting is that the way the hall is set up, long and narrow with poles, tables
and freestanding chalkboards, we are all trying to crowd down one end of the
hall where the stage is to see what is going on. Other leaders have said that
we are also dealing with siblings running around the back of the hall. There
is no other room to have siblings "play" in. We are sponsored by a church and
have our Pack meetings in their hall. One leader suggested moving the Pack
meetings to another church. It holds the same amount of people, but the lay
out is much better. Downside is that we would have to change the night of the
Pack meeting and it doesn't seem to be a convenient night for most Committee
members including the CM. But shouldn't we have the Pack meeting in the
church that sponsors us anyway? Also, I wouldn't say that the meeting is too
long but it seems to feel too long due to the number of scouts receiving
awards each month, along with the skits, songs, and other happenings. For
example, at our March Pack Meeting, the theme was Circus. Each den made a
booth that they ran and other scouts and their families would buy tickets and
visit each booth. Everyone received a prize. But by the time the awards were
given out, etc..., there was only 1/2 hour left for our Circus. Some
suggested not giving out awards for that night. I don't know! I have only
been in the program for 2years, never having any scouting experience. I have
three sons ages 10, 8 and 5. I den lead for my 8 year old and have just
joined the committee as advancement chair. I would just like for all these
boys to get as much as possible out of Scouting and am trying like heck
(excuse me) to help our Pack offer just that. I feel we need an overhaul.
Parents are complaining, den leaders are complaining, the committee is getting
frustrated. Somebody help me :-)
Den Leader/Advancement Chair
From: Drew Mrenna
Sent: Tuesday, June 10, 1997 1:58 PM
To: AL DEBENEDETTO
Subject: Re: SPLITTING PACK contd.
May thoughts is do not split up the Pack into two groups. You then only
have group meetings and not a Pack Meeting. You pretty well already
mentioned why not to split into groups. The younger scouts seeing the
older scouts doing more actually is a big incentive.
Now what is wrong with 300 people at a meeting? Is the meeting to long?
Is it the crowd? Is the meeting place to small? I think you need to
rethink what occurs at a pack meeting.
Just my thoughts.
Eacle Class of '73
ADC - National Pike District, BAC
CA - Pack 1375, NCAC
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