Re: What about a young den chief?
Michael Mackrill (Mike_Mackrill@BC.COM)
Mon, 3 Nov 1997 16:02:42 -0700
Let me speak from both sides of the fence on this one. I have been
Cubmaster of Pack 62 for 3 years, and Scoutmaster of Troop 62 for one...
My boys are split with 2 Boy Scouts and one who is a first year Webelo.
The only requirement that I recall is that Den Chiefs for Webelo's dens
must be First Class or above. My oldest is a Star and is the Den Chief
of his little brother's den. My middle son wanted to get in the
picture. So I took his request first to the 3 ASM's that I have and let
them decide if he was mature enough, and presented a good image of Boy
Scouts, (He is a second class and only been in about 6 months). They
thought he would do a good job, so I then went to the Bear Den Leader
and introduced him to my son. He talked to him for a while and
afterwards wanted him to be his Den Chief. Both Committee's approved it
and he started this last fall. Well, after several months, the boys in
his Den look up to him, the Den Leader thinks he is great, and he is one
of the proudest Boy Scouts that I have working with my Pack. A lot of
the boys remember him from last year when he was a Webelo and I think
that makes them see Boy Scouts as a reachable goal...
In a nut shell, it depends on the boy. And if it is your son, don't be
the one who makes the decision. you could be hurting both units and not
SM, Troop 62
CM, Pack 62
Used to be a Bobwhite... And the wife thinks I am still a bird brain!
>From: Jan Mussler [SMTP:mussler@SPOT.COLORADO.EDU]
>Sent: Monday, November 03, 1997 3:17 PM
>To: Multiple recipients of list SCOUTS-L
>Subject: What about a young den chief?
>Could we have some discussion on the pros and cons of a young den chief?
>One of my Bear Scouts has an older brother who is a first year Boy Scout.
>It would be beneficial for these Bears to have a den chief, beneficial to
>MOM to have the boys in the same place. What are the leadership
>requirements for the first year Boy Scout? Would there be benefit for the
>Pack 170, Nederland CO
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