Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: boys from other Packs in your den program
Re: boys from other Packs in your den program
Sat, 3 Oct 1998 15:35:49 -0400
Every once in awhile as neighborhoods and leaders change a Pack will
experience a dip in new membership. Kinda leaves a hole in the Pack for
four years as that age group moves up through the program. For that Pack,
keeping the boys is more critical than ever. Otherwise it won't be long
before they have a Pack without a Webelos I or II Den.
There are a lot of ways that the Pack can work through a problem like the
one you mentioned where a Bear Den only has two boys. They can actively
recruit more boys -- have each of the two boys ask a friend to come to
meetings with them, etc. They can share resources with a Pack like yours.
They can combine two Dens with say 6 that are working on Wolf and 2 working
on Bear. And there are other possibilities too ... one of your Dens moving
to the other Pack.
If the other possibilities aren't materializing, then sharing resources with
a stronger Pack can help the old Pack stay alive and that means more boys
will have the opportunity to experience the fun of Cub Scouting too. Yep,
they probably will want to do some things with their old Pack. Or they may
want to do stuff with their Den at your Pack (which can start them moving
away from the other Pack -- could be good or bad). I would suggest sitting
down with folks from both Packs to work out an understanding ahead of time
as to how things are to be handled at the start with the knowledge that the
boys or their families may decide to go one way or the other later on, if
you choose to go this way.