SPLITTING PACK CONTD.
AL DEBENEDETTO (alcjjj@MSN.COM)
Wed, 11 Jun 1997 12:44:49 UT
I apologize if this is a double listing but this morning I was told that my
message did not go through, so here it is again.
Drew, Thanks for your response. The problem with having 300 people at a Pack
Meeting (actually if 2 parents plus siblings come it may be closer to 400), 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 (the hall's capacity is listed at
250). Other leaders have said that we are also dealing with siblings running
around the back of the hall (no matter how many times we ask the parents to
try to control it). There is no other room to have siblings "play" in. We
are sponsored by a church and have out 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 2 years, 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 to help our Pack offer just that. I feel we may need an overhaul.
Parents are complaining, den leaders are complaining, the committee is getting
frustrated. Somebody help me :-)
Den Leader, Advancement Chair
See and ye shall find.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City