Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: Leaderless Den, no Pack Support
Re: Leaderless Den, no Pack Support
Bill or Cathie
Tue, 6 Oct 1998 19:25:40 -0400
In our Pack (Fayette County, GA), if there is no leader, all of the
parents of the den in question are put in a room and told to find a leader
or the den will cease to exist that night. The pack leadership leaves the
room.So far, with this method, a leader has come forward. Co-leadership can
work too. We can all come up with excuses not to volunteer. My son's den
leader is a single mom who works full time. It would be unfair to the boys
in the other den to add more kids to their den . The den activities become
crowd control situations and the boys lose out.
The committee chair is supposed to coordinate committee functions. It
should never have been his liability to find a leader for this group. The
parents involved should not have put him in this position. The Cubmaster is
supposed to deal with these issues. In a Pack as large as yours (ours is
big too, we have 109 boys), I find it appalling that your committee chair
has to serve as den leader coach. I don't blame him for not being willing
to temporarily take over the den. It is for the boys but as those of us
that do volunteer know, we can only do so much without burning out. If the
comm. chair/den leader's coach does not have a son in the den in question,
there is no reason he should consider it. He needs to spend his time with
his boys. The parents who want their kids in Scouts need to do their
share. It's a shame for their kids that they won't. Serious health concerns
and already holding a Pack position are reasonable excuses for not
volunteering. Working full time is not. Do the parents that travel stay
away all the time? When you have kids, you need to commit to them.
I could go on.....
Personally, I would be against reshuffling the dens. The boys in the
other den have already bonded. They should not be penalized for the
inactions of the other dens parents.
Okay, I'll go off my bandwagon....
Cathie in Georgia