Noise, Charter, Fun Pack Meetings
Barry Runnels (barry_c_runnels@MMACMAIL.JCCBI.GOV)
Tue, 2 Jun 1998 09:32:42 -0600
> 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.
Improving a Pack meeting requires courage from the CM because he/she has to
be humble enough to change the part of the program that doesn't work. How
do you know when it doesn't work? Ask. When the parents realize you are
trying to improve the program, they will point out a few things. The boys
will be more strait forward. Also watch the boys, if they are talking to
their neighbor, then it's probably a good sign to change.
Our Meetings typically lasted about 50 minutes with 60 Scouts. That usually
included one song, three skits, awards ceremonies for all ages,
announcements and lots of laughs. Someone posted they took announcements out
of the meeting because kids don't like them. We also did this but the Scouts
asked for them back. I usually asked another adult to give a COUPLE
announcements so the boys could sing the announcement song. They love that
song. I usually come out in some silly hat or clothing and joked around with
the adult giving the announcement. Many times I had several adults
volunteer to give announcements because they wanted to be part of the FUN.
The whole meeting should be like that.
As for a schedule of our meeting. I changed it every month. The Scouts
never knew what would happen next. That is harder for some CM to plan but
it was FUN for me. I always mixed FUN with seriousness. Usually a skit or
two between awards to break up the mood a little. The best awards
ceremonies have themes. Sometimes just a FUN or Interesting story that
points to the accomplishments of the award. Remember the idea of the awards
is to lift up the boy in their moment of honor and glory. If you don't
think the Scout felt special after your ceremony, you need to change it.
Keep the meeting moving. That's how you get a meeting under 50 minutes. I
gave a copy of my agenda to the leaders so they knew when it was their turn
for a skit or song. I asked them to get ready a couple of minutes before
their turn so they could just step right in. If they needed a couple of
minutes to set up, I pulled out another paper with some jokes or a humorous
story to keep the audience focused and having FUN. Many of these jokes and
stories came from Scout_L.
I also worked to keep the adults interested by throwing out a few jokes
that I knew they would enjoy. Get them involved. Boys in general don't seem
to enjoy songs that much until they see all the dads up there singing it.
Or moms jumping up and down. It is the boys program but they like to watch
their parents have fun. And the parents get involved. Turn your Pack
meeting into a family FUN event that they don't want to miss.
Make sure the CM is having FUN, if he/she is not, the Scouts and parents
can tell right off and that takes the steam out of the meeting. When your
Scouts are walking out of the meeting saying "I like myself when I am
with Pack" you will know things are going great.
I usually came home exhausted after a good Pack meeting. But I couldn't
sleep that night because I kept reflecting over the meeting and coming up
with new FUN ideas for the next one. More than once Tamara would tell me
to stop laughing and go to sleep. I love this Scouting Stuff.
Past CM of the "Mighty" Pack 339
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City