Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Re: Which came first, the chicken....Why?
Re: Which came first, the chicken....Why?
Wed, 25 Nov 1998 15:34:17 -0500
Alla et al,
For 5 years I was involved with a pack of considerable size, varing from
60-100+ depending on the year. As TC, ADL, DL, and MC we found it much
easier to deal with all the info distribution, decision making, problem
solving, finances & advancement, and program co-ordination at one time
in one forum with all present. Now granted, if not handled properly,
this type of meeting could get unweildly very quickly. The key to making
it work is a clear, preprinted agenda and a strong CC or CM to keep the
discussions moving and on track. Our meetings rarely went over 2 hours
and seemed to get shorter as the participants got more experienced. Some
members even showed up, gave their reports (advancements and finance for
instance) and left without sticking around for the whole meeting.
Its difficult enough to get parents to put in time to make the program
work for the boys. Why burden them with additional meeting time with
partially overlapping agendas, not to mention the phone co-ordination
burden in Alla's example. I'd rather see them invest their time and
effort in their work with the dens or get involved with District level
program, roundtable or otherwise. Most of us involved in Scouting only
have a finite amount of time to spend doing this stuff, ".....one hour a
week", remember? So its a constant struggle to find the best ways to
divide and balance that time allotment for the benefit of the program,
the boys, and don't forget about our families. This is only my opinion,
but I must say the vast majority of Cub Scout units in my Council follow
this model. Hope this perspective helps.
Commissioner, Central Florida Council (Orlando)
Chulee Afopkeh Chapter, Tipsa Lodge 326
". . . and now I'm finished Beavering,
. . . . so I'm going to work my ticket ('til I die)"