Splitting the large den.
Jan Mussler (mussler@SPOT.COLORADO.EDU)
Mon, 10 Nov 1997 10:33:50 -0700
I usually agree with Mike Bowman, but I gave Holly the opposite advice.
If the parents of the large den want it to work, it will work. If it
doesn't work, the PARENTS will decide to split it. I think that's better
that the PARENTS decide this one, because then they will have the
commitment and ownership to make a new den work.
I've made a large den work with the help of my husband. I didn't think it
would work. But I couldn't have done it without the PARENTS help either.
ThEY do the carpool (and that carpool is large enough now to be a small
den in itself - I did approach them to split for my sanity).
I fought for two years to keep the den small. I'm glad I did for Wolfs
and Bears. But we're progressing as a larger Webelos group, with much
more parent involvement. And the PARENTS are having fun working with
their sons and son's friends. It's harder for me, but I'm more
experienced now and that's a help. It's harder to keep the boy's
advancement together. Nothing says I have to but as a leader, you like to
see all the boys advance. But then, it's a FAMILY program. I've met that
aim of Cub Scouting well, without intending to.
The other side of the coin...
Jan Mussler, Webelos Den Leader, Pack 170
Nederland, CO - Long's Peak Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City