Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: Leaderless Den, no Pack Support
Re: Leaderless Den, no Pack Support
Steven G. Tyler
Tue, 6 Oct 1998 16:07:00 -0400
Pete Hickey wrote, in part:
> What does the wisdom of the list suggest. Thanks in advance.
Yes, to all the suggestions -- whichever works! ;-)
Seriously, I have faced all this several times in my time as a Pack CC.
In general, I've made it clear from the outset that, if there is not a
parent or group of parents willing to serve as DL/ADL, there will *be*
no Scouting program for the boys. In other words, it is the problem of
the parents of the boys affected, not one that the *Pack* must solve. I
never actually had to kick anyone out, but it clears the air and gets
the parents away from the "I-paid-my-dues-so-I-can-sit-back-and-b*tch"
Frankly, if you opt for *providing* a DL from one of the other Dens,
you've made it the Pack's problem, and I can guarantee that you'll end
up carrying this group through the years.
Joining the Dens may be the only viable alternative. One DL and four
ADL's sounds able to handle, what?, 13 boys or so. Not ideal, but
The DL doesn't like it? I'd try sweet-talking him/her if possible
(offers of support, etc.), but ultimately the assignment of the Cubs is
a matter for the committee to determine. If you lose the DL or some of
the other parents, I hate to say it but this will reduce the oversize
There's no guaranteed right answer toa situation like this. A lot will
depend on the involvement of the CM, the CC and other DL's, and the
personalities involved. Good luck!
YIS, Steve on Cattail Creek <Steven G. Tyler>, Severna Park, MD, USA
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