Re: Back to School Night
Carol Kelley (ckelley@CAMBER.COM)
Tue, 29 Jul 1997 13:17:47 -0500
Don't feel bad about helping your feeder troop. We have been affiliated
with Cub Scouting since 1992. Since that time only "four" of our boys have
earned their AOL and only three have gone on to Boy Scouting (one of the
boys had spina bifida and died one week before his AOL ceremony.) However,
this May we should have "ten" boys complete their AOL and go into Boy
Scouts. All of this has happened because in the last two years, the Pack
has actively sought participation in many of their activites by our Boy
Scout Troop that we feed into. They attend at least two of our Pack
meetings each year and one of our Summer events is always a camping trip
with the Troop and we always send our Webelos with them to fall and Spring
Camporees and they provide support and equipment for the Spring Webeloree.
As far as Roundup night, our Pack committee and leaders usually introduces
themselves, and the CC (me) gives an overview of the Pack and what we do.
Then we get everyone to fill out registration forms. Then the DE goes
through my list of adult leader needs and gets volunteers. (I disagree
with Keith Hudy about not recruiting leaders Roundup night, we prefer to
let the parents know from the beginning that their participation is needed
and encouraged.) After that we go through fees. (During all of this the
boys are usually watching the movie "The Jungle Book" and a leader talks to
them about how Cub Scouting is based on this and who Akela, Mowgli (sp?),
Baloo, etc. are.).
Then all of the new volunteers are asked to stay a few minutes and we give
out leader packets and let them know about Fast Start, which is usually two
days later. Then the following week is a Pack Meeting.
At 02:22 PM 7/29/97 -0700, you wrote:
>I know it's early, but here's the problem.
>The last couple of years, for an unknown reason, our "Back to School
>Night" for Cub Scout registration was not approved by the school board to
>use the school until the day before. This bothered the cub leaders.
>Now I know what your thinking. Why is the Scoutmaster worried about Cub
>Scout registration. Well......
>Our SPL had the idea of having it at our Troop Head Quarters to avoid any
>possible problem with location for the registration. "Great idea, and
>very generous." I told him, and pasted the invitation along to the Cub
>Pack Committee Chairperson.
>She accepted the offer, the PLC is excited about it, and the Den Chiefs
>The Committee Chairperson and the Cub Master are both new at this, and
>are looking at the all knowing Scoutmaster (please don't give me away)
>for instruction as to what to do next. Well, I've never been involved
>with registration night before and I'm not sure if there is anything I
>should pay close attention to. All I was going to do was set the mood
>with a mock up camp site (maybe some Dutch Oven Cooking and Camp Gadget
>demos) and Games for the kids while parents are asking questions. I was
>even thinking of extending an offer for the Girl Scout Troop to have a
>representative on hand, just in case a family has girls who might be
>looking for a program.
>Some of you are probably saying the same thing that our local council is
>saying,"It's not your job, let the Cub Pack Committee worry about it". My
>reasoning is that this is the first (and in some cases only) impression
>that non scouts have of Boy Scouts in general, and it had better be a
>good one. After all, Eagles all start out somewhere, and I'd hate to
>loose anybody because "It's not my job."
>I've got a month and a half to finalized this project, so at least I've
>got time on my side.
>All comments and wisdom (as usual) will greatly appreciated.
>Honey Brook, PA
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