Noise at Pack Meetings
Barry Runnels (barry_c_runnels@MMACMAIL.JCCBI.GOV)
Mon, 1 Jun 1998 13:00:28 -0600
One idea I started doing was change the room setup for each Pack meeting. I
wanted to change the atmosphere a little each month. But I also learned the
changes it made for acoustics. The best set up for acoustics was put the
stage area in the corner of the room. Then I set up the chairs in a
amphitheater type arraignment around that corner facing the stage. It made
a big change because the wall assisted in directing the sound to the
audience. The other advantage of this set up was it let me set up more
chairs up front. I like as many Scouts up front as possible so they get a
good view of their program.
One other set up I liked that worked well for sound was the chairs facing
each other kind of like a stadium. I set up four rows of chairs (or what
ever you need for your group size) facing another four rows with about a 15
foot area in the middle. We had jousting races one night with the Knights
in the Round Table theme, so the stadium set up gave us the full length of
the room. Everyone could hear well and they were close to the action. You
can use this idea to throw cheers across to each other.
I understand the acoustics problem because even if everyone is quiet, you
can still have a problem being heard if you turn your head the wrong
direction. The corner idea worked great for us.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City