Kim Moye (kmoye@SUN2177.SPD.DSCCC.COM)
Wed, 22 Jul 1998 08:08:45 -0500
Many positions have been stated both pro and con about merging packs. I'm
sure the adult volunteers have agonized and discussed the situation at length.
Just a different viewpoint...
I received a phone call before Cub Scout Day Camp from a person on Day Camp
staff. She was calling to see how many boys would be attending from my
pack. (Paperwork sometimes is slow getting to the right people :) In
talking to her, she mentioned that a Cubmaster in my city had told her that
the pack would probably have to fold and/or merge. I called the ADC to
see if she knew anything about it. The answer was "no".
I called the Cubmaster's house and got his wife. Her husband was out of
town. Yes, the pack's in trouble. It was the first pack chartered in our
city. Since then, several schools have been built, severely affecting the
number of boys that are eligible. They only have about 100 boys that would
be eligible enrolled in the school. The Cubmaster had called the District
Exec. The decision was made by the Cubmaster and DE to try and really
promote the pack at School Nite for Scouting.
They are down to one den of 8 Webelos. I invited them (and *friends*) to
participate in my pack's summer activities. This would give the adults
who are trying to keep it going a break. I thought it would also help in
keeping the existing boys interested and perhaps be used as a recruiting
tool for younger siblings.
(Of course, I called my pack's adult leaders *after* i had extended the offer
to the other pack :) As usual, they were great and agreed that it would be
no more of a hassle to accomodate that pack since we already had everything
Hopefully, we can help them keep their pack going. Maybe two packs that
are thinking of merging can actually "share" some responsiblities while they
try and decide what to do. The District Commish and Assistant District
Commish had no idea this pack was in trouble until I called.
cubmaster/pack 308/allen tx
cub rt commish/arrowhead district/circle 10
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