Re: New CM: The ``Speech"
Brian Suddeth (Brian@SUDDETH.COM)
Thu, 10 Sep 1998 22:32:57 -0400
I've had the most success with personal talks, rather than "the
speech". I get the parents to stay with the dens, suggest active
involvement, and they suggest that if they were to fill out the adult
form and pay the $7, they are more likely to be covered and backed by
the BSA if there should be some accident on their watch. Usually during
that week or so while they are filling in the form, we get a bit more
interest from them, since they see themselves in a more important
position, and I usually get movement from "committee" to "assistant Den
Leader" or something. I actually had trouble making sure I had enough
folks staying in committee roles! I took over as CM last year, and more
than doubled the adult leaders in the first two months. It still wasn't
all I need, but it sure helped!
Make it clear at Join Scouting Night that the boy is not joining
Scouting, THE FAMILY IS.
Make it clear that you as the CM, are not the boy's main scout leader,
nor is the Den leader. The most important leader the boy has in
scouting IS THEIR PARENT, and that parent needs to take an active role,
both in the Pack, as well as in the achievements of their scout. Only
in that way will the boy advance.
Cubmaster - Pack 1046
Patuxent District, NCAC BSA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City