Re: New CM: The ``Speech"
Kirk Kridner (kirk@TEXAS.NET)
Fri, 11 Sep 1998 07:47:15 -0500
What I did when I was Cubmaster is put together a list of every activity
the Pack did for the year (e.g., September program, popcorn sales, field
trip, October program, Pinewood Derby, Scout parade, Fall Festival, Blue &
Gold program, Blue & Gold food, Blue & Gold set-up & clean-up, etc.) and
then put several blanks by each activity. I then told the parents that Cub
Scouting is a family activity and that we need for every family to give us
at least an hour of help at some point during the year. I would then pass
the list and ask that everyone be on at least one "committee" that would be
responsible for one of the activities. It would then be up to that
committee to "run" that particular program/activity. That does not mean
that they put on the program or run the activity, but they would be
responsible for finding whoever would put on the program or run the
activity. The Cubmaster would then work with the committees to be sure they
are on top of their job.
The role of the Cubmaster should be a facilitator or coordinator - you are
not the one who should be trying to run a one person show. If you do try to
run a one person show and then you leave, guess what? -- the Pack dies. I
see too many Packs that are floundering because the one person show moved on
to Boy Scouts and no one else knows what to do when he or she is gone.
I have a Cub Scout Roundtable Web Page that has a lot of links organized by
various activities -- i.e., the Basics, Training, Awards, Songs, Skits, etc.
I would invite you to check out my Web Page and for ideas that might be
helpful. The address is:
In addition, another idea for your parents is to give everyone a job that
has a recognized responsibility associated with it. Assign jobs, give out
position patches, and encourage everyone to wear a uniform showing their
position. The following Web Page has a list of all the different positions
in the Pack with a discussion of the responsibilities of each job:
Let the parents know that it is their Pack and you need their help. My
experience is that most of the parents would like to help, but that they are
uncertain about the level of the commitment and/or they have never been
asked. You can ask and give them the opportunity to give you as much or as
little of a commitment as they are willing to give (too many times, we paint
the picture that helping with a Pack is all or nothing).
Finally, be sure that all of your leaders get training. It is a lot more
fun if the Pack leadership is familiar with the Cub Scouting program and it
is not being run on an ad hoc basis.
Good luck with it. Being Cubmaster is a lot of fun, but only if you don't
try to "Be the Pack."
BTW-- as to the adult registrations and the $7-- I always had the Pack pay
the adult registrations and raised the dues a few bucks. I did not want to
ask adults for their time and $7. I know this is a minute amount, but it is
just a very small way the Pack can say "thanks" to the adults to give their
time to the boys.
Kirk Kridner, KV5Q
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 30
Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner, Longhorn District
Capitol Area Council, Austin, Texas
Eagle Scout, Class of 1970
"I used to be an Owl,..." <oo> SR-213
Please check out our Roundtable Web Page: http://kirk.home.texas.net
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