Noise, Charter, Fun Pack Meetings
Anita Hollister (anitah@SLIP.NET)
Mon, 1 Jun 1998 20:52:38 -0700
Thank you to everyone who sent me suggestions on restoring and keeping
order at pack meetings! I especially appreciate the ones that will also
inject some fun into the meeting. I'm going to compile some quotes
from the various suggestions to present at the next committee meeting,
and I'll let you all know what happens.
I've taken the first step and spoken to the CM about it. He was, as you
might expect, well aware of the problem, but pretty much referred me to
the committee to present my ideas for change. Some of what he said I
found very confusing (bear in mind that I'm not a leader or in any way
registered, just a "civilian" parent). He told me that we couldn't just
find a better room to hold pack meetings in, because that would cause
trouble with the chartering organization. I don't understand this. Why
would the chartering organization insist that we use their room?
(Frankly, I think they'd be glad to have us out of there!) He also told
me that the room DOES have a PA system but that the chartering
organization won't permit the pack to use it. And he told me that he's
concerned about waiting for silence with Signs Up because our meetings
are already too long. And lastly he mentioned that the problem had been
worked on for awhile, but then got sort of back-burnered as the pack had
many other issues to deal with (rechartering, the previous CM stepping
down - our current CM has only been officiating since January).
One person sent me the typical schedule for his pack's meetings, which
describes how they set the mood for the advancements and awards by
dimming the lighting and putting on music. The combined effect of music
and dim lights helps quiet the pack. I think this is a great idea and
very helpful. I would be very interested to see other pack's typical
meeting schedules. I'm particularly interested in knowing how long the
meetings last, if the quiet stuff is done early or late in the meeting,
if there are any special fun traditions employed, and how the pack is
moved along from one type of activity to another.
I'd also like to know more about how the charters work. What does the
chartering organization typically provide, what does the pack provide,
how much authority does the organization wield?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City