Re: Noise at Pack Meetings
Petersen Jim (PeterJ@PSC.STATE.WI.US)
Mon, 1 Jun 1998 07:25:37 -0500
While I have been told I have a voice like a bull horn I firmly believe
that Cubmasters, skit presenters and the like shouldn't have to yell.
Hence the expression, when the sign is up, the mouth is shut. (I might
add a group all yelling Sign's Up also defeats the purpose.)
Having said that, here's some suggestions that may help:
1. Talk to the adults and parents, make it clear that behavior that
would not be tolerated at home should not be allowed to happen at a pack
2. Use the sign, wait for people to get quiet before going ahead.
Trying to yell over the crowd doesn't make it.
3. Have a defined opening to the meeting, i.e. Flag Presentation. This
will force the people to shut up to start with.
4. Have cheers and songs throughout the meeting to let off steam.
5. Do No Business the Pack meeting. That's what newsletter and
committee meetings are for. Bored people talk. Pack business bores
many adults and all kids. I know of no Cub who joined Cub Scouts to
hear adults talk about meetings, money, and what's happening in four
There's more. All of these come right out of Cub Scout Basic Training
and Roundtable. If you can get more people trained that may help.
From: Anita Hollister [mailto:anitah@SLIP.NET]
Sent: Sunday, May 31, 1998 11:22 PM
To: Multiple recipients of list SCOUTS-L
Subject: Noise at Pack Meetings
Our pack has a big problem with noise at pack meetings. It's partly
due to the terrible acoustics of the church room we use - even little
sounds are magnified and distorted. But it's mainly that the cubs and
parents (I think mostly the parents) talk incessantly during the
meetings. The CM practices what he calls "controlled yelling" in order
to be heard, but other leaders with less lungpower are barely audible,
and the boys performing skits cannot be heard at all over the din. It's
a disgrace. Needless to say, the chaos and sheer volume take all the
fun out of the meetings, and I think I've noticed a decline in the
number of families attending. Certainly my family is starting to dread
those pack meetings. I don't know how to put in for a change, nor what
sort of change would be appropriate - I don't know how the system works,
as I'm just one of the parents. I am hoping that some of you
knowledgeable folks might have some suggestions!!
Anita Hollister <email@example.com>
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