Re: Cub Problem
Robert Gerhard (RAGerhard@AOL.COM)
Thu, 20 Nov 1997 12:23:29 -0500
In a message dated 97-11-17, Jim Hayes writes:
<< Have things changed this much since I was a scout? If not, any
on how I can address this particular problem? >>
Welcome to the club, Jim. The first thing to remember is that change begins
with you. The second thing to remember is that change comes from within.
Here's what that means. Go to the Pack Committee Meetings. Volunteer to
present a skit, song or flag ceremony. Once that catches on, start guiding
them to the themes. Your boys could do a circus-related skit this month, for
example. Then, at the next Pack Committee Meeting, make a comment about how
easy that was, and how cool it would have been to tie other things in with
that. A circus-themed awards presentation. The Ringmaster making (I
hesistate to say it) announcements. (Okay, okay...sing amongst yourselves.)
Another thing that will help is getting other leaders and the entire Pack
Committee to go to round table. And play on their emotions. Get them to
remember how Cub Scouts was when they were a kid. And make them realize that
this is the only time their boys will be Cub Scouts. What will they
remember, the meeting where the Cubmaster shook their hand and mumbled
congratulations, or the one where Mr. Den Leader dressed up like a clown and
really hammed it up when he got his Bear badge?
I'm in my second month of my long-range plan to bring Pack Meetings to my way
of thinking. We took a big step this month...we sang! Believe it or not, in
two years with the Pack, it's the first time I've heard singing in the Scout
Hut. Next month, the Leader of the Pack Award. In January, themes. The
times they are a changin'...albeit slowly...
Good luck, Jim. And have fun!
Cubmaster & Webelos ADL
Pack 83, Ft. Worth, TX
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City