Re: Cub Problem
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Tue, 18 Nov 1997 00:42:20 -0500
Welcome to our never-ending roundtable. Glad you stopped by to ask a
question. It was a good one. It is real easy for a Pack to slip into an
easy routine and lose a lot of spirit by letting meetings drift into
dreaded announcements and passing out awards. This leads to the meetings
not being much fun and boys tend lose interest fast. If was up to them,
most wouldn't come except to get awards if this was all that was offered.
Pack Meetings should be robust, fast-paced, exciting and fun! Your
memories are more of what it should be than what is being practiced in
your Pack right now. Most likely your leaders are feeling pinched for
time, don't have much training, and feel like they are doing the best
they can. The just don't know that they could do a whole lot better with
just a little extra effort.
Here's a recommended Pack Meeting approach that I've used in Cub Scouter
Basic Leader Training:
YOUR PACK MEETING WILL
BE A SUCCESS BECAUSE YOUR SCOUTS WILL HAVE
When scouts have fun, they want to keep coming back. To succeed,
remember this simple rule: "Keep It Short & Simple - Make It Fun
(KISSMIF) and use VARIETY." To achieve this goal, advance planning is
critical. As you plan your pack meeting, consider the following:
Plan your meetings well in advance using themes or special activities as
Confirm the time and place of the meeting. Reserve meeting places well
Make sure that someone is responsible for opening the meeting place ahead
Assign den responsibilities in advance; e.g. set-up, opening, skits,
songs, stunts, closing, clean-up.
Make sure that arrangements are made for transporting displays, props,
special equipment, etc.
Make sure that awards, badges, pins, etc. are ready for presentation
before the meeting.
Try to have displays set up before the meeting.
Have a gathering activity planned and use it when scouts arrive.
Conduct an Opening Ceremony that is serious and impressive.
While you have the scene set, transition to introductions and inductions.
Build spirit with den cheers, den reports, rousing songs and group
Entertain with skits, stunts, songs, and games.
Take time to recognize pack and den accomplishments.
Have a Webelos Den demonstrate something related to an activity badge.
Use a song, story, or other device to transition the group to a serious
Present awards and recognitions with an impressive ceremony.
Give special recognition to special accomplishments.
Recognize adult contributions - thank yous and special awards.
Give a very few words on coming events (give details in handouts,
newsletters) - this had best be short, if it can't be short, skip it.
Have a scouter's minute - leave the scouts with something to ponder
Conduct a closing ceremony.
Serve refreshments (optional).
Clean-up the meeting site and leave it as
good as or better than you found it.
Evaluate and plan an even better meeting next time.
MAKE IT FUN
REMEMBER - KEEP IT SIMPLE AND SHORT
( 1 HOUR IS GOOD) -
MAKE IT FUN (Oh, did I say that before & loudly enough.)
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
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