Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: Leaderless Den, no Pack Support
Re: Leaderless Den, no Pack Support
Steven G. Tyler
Thu, 8 Oct 1998 10:43:26 -0400
Ted Burton wrote, in part:
> Then there was the time my wife's Webelos Den had four certified ADD kids
> in it, out of seven. It is well that she has the patience of Job and
> natural talents as a counselor. I am sure that the addition of five more
> kids might have exhausted her.
Your point brought back, err, "fond" memories, when I found out that six
of seven in my son's Den were under medication! At least that explained
why it sometimes didn't look like the video! ;-)
> If you do get a volunteer after being strong about that, though,
> this is a volunteer to be helped, coached, coddled, encouraged, you name
> it. If this person winds up telling the other parents that she/he enjoyed
> the position, it will help next time.
Absolutely dead on! I hope I was clear that the strong-arm tactics I
suggested were just to get someone to step up to the plate -- from then
on, support them to the hilt! Really just enlightened self-interest,
after all; if the DL folds, you gotta do it all over again!
> No Pack is too big if there are adults to work with it. The bigger it is
> the easier recruitment is, for that matter.
I didn't mention one of the best and most stable Den leadership
structures -- shared responsibility. In my experience, given the option,
about half evolved some form of communal leadership, about half favored
the "strong leader" model. Both work -- the srong leader model tends to
produce a more consistent program (which can be good or bad!), but tends
to cause problems if the DL leaves.
In my son's Den, by contrast, there was a nominal DL and an ADL, but all
parents were expected to participate and conduct their share of Den
meetings. Not only did it keep the Den leadership stable even when we
lost two of the families (moved away), including the DL, participation
continued into the Troop to this day. Of the seven Webelos and families
who bridged over, two left almost immediately for another unit, but the
five remaining Scouts are still active, and their parents include the
SM, an ASM and three MC's (the assistant CC, the advancement chair and
the fundraising chair).
YIS, Steve on Cattail Creek <Steven G. Tyler>, Severna Park, MD, USA
"The Computer Counselor," Technology Consulting for the Law Office
Advancement Chair and de facto Webmaster, Troop 339,
Baltimore Area Council, BSA (http://members.aol.com/troop339/)