Re: CM Decision-Help Needed
Mon, 1 Jun 1998 07:40:01 -0400
There's nothing I can add to Neil's response...well, I suppose I can add
stuff, but I can't say anything better than he did - it was awesome.
The paid guy is a necessity...he/she'll make the contacts necessary for you,
and if he doesn't, find someone who will...start at the paid guy's boss.
That'll usually light a fire under 'em (was that spoken like a true
volunteer or what? *grin*)
If, based on Neil's advice, you decide to keep the pack alive, and if you
decide to keep the CM position -
You're in the summer - rely on plans already made to get through the summer.
Don't innovate, don't introduce anything new, don't feel obligated to do
tons of stuff and make tons of decisions. Take some time to sit back and
gain some perspective.
Above all, remember that Cub Scouting is supposed to be FUN. Fun for the
boys, and something we forget all too easily, fun for the adults. Don't do
a pile of organizing - if you don't have the help, do what you can
comfortably do, and rely on the existing adult volunteers (usually Den
Leaders) to get their kids through the program.
As far as I'm concerned, the CM's chief jobs are to run the pack meeting and
disseminate information. A lot of people may disagree - but as CM you'll do
the roundtable thing. You'll collect and disseminate council information,
and you'll be informed of events coming up. Let the committee/den leaders
know what's coming, let them know which events you'll be attending, and
maybe decide which events deserve a lot of attention from you and them.
And that's about it - get some perspective, decide how much stuff you
personally can do, and decide whether to be CM or not.
The best quote I've heard regarding the CM job is this: Being CM is probably
the most fun job in Scouting - but it ain't dignified. :)
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Subject: CM Decision-Help Needed
I am throwing myself upon the collective wisdom and experience of the
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City