Barry C Runnels (Barry_C_Runnels@MMACMAIL.JCCBI.GOV)
Thu, 18 Sep 1997 08:44:14 CDT
>75 boys which most were quick active over the summer.This caused numerous
>awards (2 Bobcat ranks, numerous Summertime Activity pins, Tiger Tracks,
>Webelos pins, camp awards, etc.) to be presented which is good, but time
Hi Dave. There is several ways to help this along. One of the things our
Pack traditionally did during September was have a Bobcat Campfire a
weekend after the first Pack Meeting. It gives us a chance to get the Pack
going on a positive note, give the Bobcats their awards, listen to stories,
sing, skits and camp out if possible.
Put a priority on your awards. Is there some awards like belt loops that
could be given at the Den meetings then the CM could mention their names at
the Pack meeting or in the news letter.
Break up the awards with skits. I had a rule never give more than two sets
of awards without a skit or song to break them up. There is nothing wrong
with starting the meeting with giving the Tigers their paws.
Have story or song to introduce the award. I once had an American Indian
(he preferred that over Native American) father who started everyone in a
Indian Celebration Dance during the Wolves awards. The parents are still
talking about that one.
Get all the Scouts involved. Get them to say a cheer or the Scouts name
when he and his parents are called up. "CRY OF THE WOLF, STRENGTH OF THE
Another thing I did at the beginning of the meeting is I told the Scouts
when I hold my arms straight out, they were to clap, but if I held them up
then the were to clap and cheer LOUDLY while stomping their feet. Then we
practiced a little (actually a lot). When things like announcements, awards
or uniform inspections got a little long, I would raise my arms. Keeps them
on their toes and they get to do what the do best.
The important thing here is put yourself in their shoes, does this seem
boring? then change it or get rid of it. This Scouting stuff has got to be
FUN, FUN, FUN.
It takes a little practice but once you get the hang of it you will keep
their attention most of the meeting and you will only need one leader up
front. With that many ACMs, you all plan different parts of the meeting.
I think your doing a great job. You recognize there is a problem and your
seeking solutions. That is 80% of the solution. Keep up the good work Dave.
"Mighty" Pack 339
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City