Death of a Pack
Terry Slade (TMSLADE@IPGATE.ACTX.EDU)
Wed, 24 Sep 1997 09:12:26 -0500
I was asked to go to a PTA meeting last night to be an
observer because I am their Asst. District Commish. over Pack
1 which the PTA sponsors. Seems that the Committee for the
pack is having alot of problems with the CC, who it turns out is
also the Charter Rep. for the PTA. The Committee had a
meeting, invited the person, who refused to show up, and
voted to go to the PTA and ask for a change.
It seems that name calling and alot of bad blood was in the
mix. A signed letter with the names of all 16 people at the
meeting was presented to the Exec. Board of the PTA and a
change was asked for. After about an hour, a vote was called
for, but several parents still were unsure of what to do and
voted to keep things the way they were and the vote to oust the
problem person failed. The members of the pack committee
got up and walked out. I have a feeling that the problem has
been here for a while. The vote by the PTA sent a signal to the
committee of no confidence in their actions.
The future as I see it is that those Pack people with a problem
with the person will pull their cubs out of the pack and go
elsewhere. A pack with about 60 boys will drop to 20 and will
have to start all over without a CM, DLC, CC, DL, and on and on.
One person at the meeting even wanted to close the pack for
good. I talked to the Principal and she said she was ashamed
of the actions and that if she had a son, he would not be in that
Every Pack and Troop has problems every once in a while and
a few have folded. It is too bad that this sometimes happens.
It was sad to sit there and listen to a Pack die. At the end of
the meeting, I said that we should only remember that this is
Cubbing and the boys should come first, but it was too late
before the meeting even started.
I'm just venting a little anger for not being able to stop the
bleeding and keeping their pack from folding.
Terry Slade firstname.lastname@example.org
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City