Re: Noise at Pack Meetings
Dave Yanke (n9ssg@POBOX.COM)
Mon, 1 Jun 1998 14:39:38 -0500
I really like Barry's idea of changing the room around from time to time, keep
But Barry mentioned one thing that jumped out at me. The chair arrangement
so scouts are sitting up front. Chairs? Scouts?
We (probably by mistake due to lack of chairs) found that the boys sitting on
the floor in a semi or half circles in dens works well. They are in full sight of
every adult and during the pack meeting, the CM, ASM's, CC and other
scouters are moving around a bit so our presence is known, along with the fact
our outgoing CM had a habit of asking you to do a sparkler on 3.7 seconds
Chairs are set-up behind the scouts for family and parents, and we have a
seperate room (we meet in a medium to large church facility) set up as a "tag-
along" room. This way when we have a program that may be of interest to all,
we can quickly bop over and get the siblings to join in and watch.
> 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