Re: SPLITTING PACK contd.
rodney w. bidinger (rwbidin@ALW.NIH.GOV)
Wed, 11 Jun 1997 10:32:01 -0400
Well, after reading many of the replies on this subject. I had to give
my .02 worth.
About a year or so ago (Feb 96), I was the Den Leader Coach for a pack
of 140 scouts and ran a Bear den of 10 boys. Our normal pack meetings
would last for 2 hours or more. We would have in excess of 400 people
"crammed" into the church hall. We did not have any ceremonies, skits,
songs, etc. due to the sheer length of the pack meeting. We even
stopped handing out the belt loops at pack meetings but this did not
save a whole lot of time. The Cubmaster and myself had been toying with
the idea of splitting the pack. We mentioned this to our DE. We didn't
get much assistance. I had a talk to the parents of the boys in my den
about starting another pack. We (myself and one of my assistant den
leaders) went to the other local church and they were thrilled to become
our chartering organization and they asked me to be the Cubmaster and my
assistant to become COR. We agreed. We explained this to the parents
of our den and we gave them the choice of staying with the old pack or
move over with the new pack. Unanimously they voted to move to the new
pack. With this We explained the need for a Pack Committee and it's
various positions. I was blessed with a great group of boys whose
parents really care about the scouting program. Out of 10 scouts, we
got a pack committee of 12 adults from my den as our "Initial" cadre for
the pack. I had a sponsor, 10 scouts, and 12 adults and then went to
the council and asked for a charter, which we got. At the next pack
meeting for the old pack, the cubmaster announced the formation of the
new pack and said that anyone who wished to move to the new pack to
contact me (For 2 months we continued to attend the old pack meetings.)
Another full den of wolves moved over and about 10 others from various
other dens also moved. We also had a "Scout Recruiting" night at our
new chartering partner where we picked up several new scouts. We have
just finished our first re-chartering for the new year with 48 scouts
divided into 6 dens and a pack committee of 28 adults. We also earned
quality unit in our first year. The old pack is still a strong pack
with about the same number of scouts (fewer committee members though).
We still from time to time have a joint pack event with the other unit.
Their pack meeting time has been cut in half and I keep our pack
meetings to a maximum of 1 hour and we are able to have songs, skits and
I have been in small packs and large packs. You tend to retain the
scouts with a smaller pack and have better attendance at pack meetings
with the smaller packs. I know I got fed up with the "havoc" at the
pack meetings. I didn't really want to attend in the end. But
everything has turned our for the better and we have not one but two
healthy units providing great programs for our sons.
Enough of my rambling.
Cubmaster, Pack 1111, Balt. Area Council
Eagle Socut Class 1969
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City