Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Newbie Cubmaster Intro & Plea For Advice
Newbie Cubmaster Intro & Plea For Advice
Chris De Roo
Thu, 11 Feb 1999 13:14:48 -0500
I've been on the list since October '98 and would like to introduce
myself and ask for the List's advice. My name is Chris De Roo and I am
the new Cubmaster for my son's pack (My son is a Tiger Cub). This is my
first year in Cub Scouts as an adult. I've been on SCOUTS-L since
October '98 and I really value the excellent advice the list members
have been giving out.
Due to my lack of experience, I am looking for some perspective and
advice. I decided to volunteer for Cub Scouts last summer. Being new
to the area, I felt that this would be a good way for me to do something
positive for my community and be more involved with at least one of my
son's activities. I have many good memories of my time as a Cub Scout
and would like to do what I can to help some of the boys in our
community experience the fun that I had as a boy.
Our current Cubmaster will be leaving next week (his son crossed over at
our B&G this week). I have been Assistant Cubmaster since September and
am taking his place. In my (short) time with the pack, I've tried to
get as much training as I could (Fast Start, Basic, Roundtable,
Conference/Pow-Wow, YPT, Outdoor programs, etc). Since joining, I've
read the Cub Scout leader book through several times. This has provided
me with what I believe to be a basic understanding of the program. Book
knowledge aside, however, I only have 6 months practical experience as
I've tried to suggest a few changes to the way we've been doing things
at the pack level. Some of my suggestions have met with vigorous
opposition or people look down and make gentle references to my lack of
experience ("We tried that and it didn't work", "In my four years of
experience", etc.). I expect that the group dynamics of our committee
will change once our Cubmaster leaves (he is quite vocal and seems to
have a large impact on the committee's decisions). I believe our pack
has very good, well-meaning people for leaders who genuinely want to do
what's best for the boys.
Based on my understanding of the program, I don't think my suggestions
are too idealistic but I would like to hear comments from the list
members. Following are a few of my suggestions:
* Have award ceremonies at our monthly pack meetings rather than
holding most of the ranks and awards until the B&G.
* Eliminate the monthly 50/50 raffles. The Cubmaster established them
to teach the Cubs that it is easy to give to charity (proceeds go to
local charities). I believe we can provide a different method for
teaching our boys how to give.
* Provide some activities for the boys during the summer rather than
shutting down from May (our graduation is in April) until September.
* Have the dens perform skits and sing songs during the pack meetings.
During the last committee meeting, our Cubmaster told me, "If you run
the pack by the book, you won't have a pack anymore." Not knowing how
other packs operate, I would appreciate any comments or advice from
other Scouters. Am I being too idealistic or "bookish?" Do packs still
do the things I mentioned above?
Thank you for any advice you can give.
Chris De Roo