Re: Missed meeting
Lorie McGraw (llmcgraw@WORLDNET.ATT.NET)
Wed, 1 Oct 1997 12:31:54 +0000
Hi, John and Sonia,
As a Bear Leader I had that problem a little last year. If the wolf
missed one meeting I usually did not call. But if a wolf missed 2 meetings
I would call and ask if he was working on his achievements, this is what we
worked on during the meeting, here's what we will be doing at the next
meeting, just touching base, how are ya, etc. Missed Pack meeting I always
The BEST way to make sure that the kids come to scouts is to make
sure that the hour that you have with them is jam-packed with ACTIVE things
to do. Here are some of the battle scars I got last year:
1) If you have to say more than 25 words, it's time for a game, song, trick,
puzzle, achievement, etc. Disrupters sit to the side and watch. (usually
2) They should have something to take home from EACH meeting, a craft,
neckerchief slide, game equipment (have you done the puddle jumpers yet?
Our MOST FUN nominee), a prize (get these from the give-aways that banks and
businesses... our state fair booths are always chock full of giveaways) ,
etc. Check your library for great crafts. Also Barb Stephens has a great
site for her Pack 114 reference library with great crafts and games. Go to
her site at: (http://www.creighton.edu/~bsteph/pack114/library/index.html)
3) Get there 15 minutes early and have the kids play a game until all are
present or 5 past meeting time. Get the first kids to teach the next kids
the game (tossing and dropping-into-a jar/can games are always a hit and
easy to control, running games are a sure-fire fight/injury/"he's cheating"
disaster unless close adult supervision).
4) Have your meeting at the fire station or police station, the newspaper
office. Include a tour. Kids won't want to miss that.
5) Always have twice the amount of activity than you have the time for.
That way, when the game crashes (you'll know immediatly if they like it) you
have another on tap. I carry balloons (tapping them across a finish line,or
even just keeping them in the air), bean bags (don't roll away like balls),
chalk, and clothespins in my den bag. I can fashion any game with those
6) Make the parents feel welcome and needed. They are the ones that drive
the car, after all! They Want to help, but many times just don't know how.
Give them something to do. And always greet them with a "you have a
terrific kid!" attitude.
I am proud to say that my Bears love to come to meetings. But even
so only 2 out of 6 made Perfect attendance last year. But only one missed
more than 4 meetings all year. You cannot Make them come, but always make
them Want to come (parents, too). It hurts when they don't show, and it
messes up the materials that you have so painstakingly put together, but
Sorry this has been do long, but I hope it will be of use. Good luck
with your Wolf Den, and let me know if I can help you. Been there just last
year, and have the patches to prove it!!
>Subject: Missed meeting
><snip> Tonight a scout missed a meeting and we're
>wondering if we should call to see why and encourage him to be there
>next week, etc. We don't want to "nag", but we want him and his
>family to know we missed them.... snip
>John & Sonia
Lorie McGraw <email@example.com>
Bear Leader Pack 410 Den 4
Indian Waters Council, Etowah Creek District Columbia, SC
"You can't be a beacon if your light don't shine"
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City