Re: Not enough Room
Steven G. Tyler (sgtyler@EROLS.COM)
Thu, 6 Aug 1998 16:22:44 -0400
Ginny Gillam wrote, in part:
> Ours is probably a unique situation, being that we have our own building for
> Pack and Troop meetings which is a log cabin. This is mostly where all
> meetings are held. It is located on school property and not on our charter
> organization property. I realize many Troops meet in places like churches
> or schools where patrols can break up into groups as the need be. We don't
> have this option. The cabin is one room approximately 25' x 37'; give or
> take a few. The heating and air is located in the open beamed ceiling so
> when in use it makes tons of noise and when you have a room full of people,
> well that's another story. Then add tables and chairs to the picture.
Ginny, it sounds like you have *several* problems, rather than just one:
First, who owns and maintains the building? If you can persuade the
owner (or at least get permission to do it yourself), it seems that the
heating/air conditioning plant needs some soundproofing, and perhaps the
entire room. With modern materials, it sould be possible, at no great
expense, to reduce the acoustic problems dramatically.
Second, can you (or the building's owner) modify the building? If some
additional rooms could be added on to the main structure, it might be
possible to create some "break-out" space for patrol corners, etc.
Temporary space (big tents/tarps) or use of classrooms in the adjacent
school building might also serve.
> Now, it was suggested that maybe the each patrol or combined patrols could
> possibly meet on different week nights, three nights a month and then the
> fourth one could be a joint meeting of all patrols. Of course, someone said
> that is what Cubs do and these were Scouts. But how can we prevent total
> chaos within this small space. Then there is the problem of finding a
> nights since the Pack dens meet there too.
Making the space available for patrol meetings is a good idea, but only
as a supplement to, and not a replacement for, the troop meetings. Once
a month is *not*, IMHO, enough time to plan and implement a troop
program, as a boy-lead activity. Cub Scouting, with its adult-lead
program and the dens being the main hub of activity, can get away with a
once-a-month pack meeting -- Boy Scouting, IMHO, cannot.
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