Murphy Peter (MurphyP@TCE.COM)
Wed, 3 Jun 1998 14:19:00 -0500
Here are a few things I felt were important for zippy pack meetings
from when I was a CM. You definitely need an Assistant CM or a team
of ACM's. All of you need to cut loose and be silly with gags and
For ceremonies, having MULTIPLE adults who KNOW their lines and are not
just reading them makes the ceremonies special. Start small but
start collecting props and costumes that can be used in ceremonies
and build up enough of a supply to have some variety.
Having dens be responsible for a song each meeting may seem like
a way to get the boys more involved. However, at that age their
voices are timid. So either you or one of your assistants should put
a LOT of energy into leading silly action songs. My wife says I can't
carry a tune in a bucket so I make up for it by singing LOUDER ;-)
Sprinkle a couple of special pack meetings into the year: have the
fire department visit your meeting, a chemist to do a demonstration,
a visit by a police K-9 unit, Christmas caroling at a retirement home,
an animal trainer, a magician.
On top of one or two of those kind of meetings we picked just one or
two special theme meetings from the National themes and went all out.
A pack circus or dressing up like knights was always a lot of fun.
Some years, the month we did Scouting for Food we had a pack
movie night. All adult leaders dressed up a ushers and with flashlights
escorted families to their seats. We operated a free concession stand
using left over Trail's End popcorn. Admission was one food item for
the food drive. The boys roared when we played a video of the Little
Rascals on a projection screen.
Bottom line: the CM sets the tone and energy level for each meeting
and for the year.
Peter M. Murphy :: email@example.com
SM T125, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church
Carmel, Indiana :: Del-Mi District, Crossroads of America Council
Life is short, pray hard.
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