Re: Cub Problem
William Deady (deady@LL.MIT.EDU)
Tue, 18 Nov 1997 08:07:29 -0500
This is my first post in many months, but had to jump on this one.
Our pack is going thru the same thing right now.
The pack is about 120 boys. (I know, too big, but that's another issue)
At our first meeting we had a pretty good turn out. That meeting lasted all of
26 minutes. I think there was one skit and then some awards. Only a few boys
who were getting their Bobcat badges were brought up front with their parents.
All other awards, points, pins, loops, etc., were handed out to the boys
in a small brown envelope (WHERE THEY SAT!!) while the pack advancement chair
read who they were and what they got. NO! NO! NO!!!!
After that there were a few announcements and then the closing. At our
next meeting we had about 45 out of 120 show up. And I don't blame the ones
who didn't. That meeting was even worse, lasting about 22.5 minutes. You should
have seen the looks on boys and parents and Scouters faces. We were all
wondering why we came. I left that second meeting breathing fire. I called the
CC and let him know what I thought of it and told him that I would step up as
CM RIGHT NOW. That hasn't happened yet, but the CC is meeting with the CM and
the two ACM's this week to hopefully improve things. We have people who are
ready to go to other packs if things aren't inproved. Some are people who
have been with the pack for 3-4 years. I am ready to go to another pack and
this is our 4th year with this pack. The pack has new leadership, which is
where the problem is.
There are so many things that can be done at pack meetings that will keep the boys coming back for more. How about skits, songs, and silly stuff. You
can start your pack meeting, after the flag ceremony, with a pack cheer. I
don't know if you know the Boom Chicka Boom cheer, but the variations are
limited only by your imagination. You can have various leaders interrupt
the CM with some silly thing, the boys love it. How about some really awful
scout jokes, the worse the joke, the more the boys love it. Have an adult
leader come to your uniform inspection with the worst uniform you think of,
shirt buttoned wrong, different color socks, neckerchief on backwards/sideways,
different color epulets (did I spell that right?), you get the idea. The boys
love it. Notice a theme here? That's right, "the boys love it". Isn't that why
we do this?? If your meetings aren't fun, they won't come back.
Please keep us posted as to what happens. I will do the same.
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