Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Newbie Cubmaster Intro & Plea For Advice
Re: Newbie Cubmaster Intro & Plea For Advice
Fri, 12 Feb 1999 09:19:38 -0800
On Thu, 11 Feb 1999, Chris De Roo wrote:
> Hello everyone!
Hi Chris, Welcome to the fun!
Lack of experience can sometimes be great. You don't bring 10
years of experience (really meaning 1 year done 10 times) to
the table. You need to sit down with the committee and let
them know that their role is to help you impliment your
> * Have award ceremonies at our monthly pack meetings rather than
> holding most of the ranks and awards until the B&G.
I have found that INSTANT recognition is the way to go. If a
scout earns anything during a month, do award it at the next
pack meeting. Holding awards for such a long time means the
cubs miss the excitement of having and wearing them.
> * 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.
Great idea. We have at least one event each month and the kids
really look forward to them. They don't want scouts to shut
down for the summer.
> * Have the dens perform skits and sing songs during the pack meetings.
Excellent. I started that the year I became cubmaster. My goal
is every cub in front every pack meeting. Don't pressure the
dens too much. Even a brief description of what they did last
month is neat!
> 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?
Well, he did it his way, you are now Cubmaster and should have
a chance to try it your way. You aren't describing a "by the
book" pack as much as one where the kids can have fun and
learn. Stick to your guns and I prognosticate you will do
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