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 12:16:21 -0500
Chris De Roo wrote:
> 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.
Great start, Chris.
> 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.).
> 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:
<snip list of changes Chris would like to make>
Every change you listed, IMO, is a good one. But, change can be scary,
and resistance to it isn't unusual. Try not to cram your training down
My suggestion would be to not try to make wholesale changes all at once.
Maybe pick the item from your list you feel is most important and try
to change that thing. From there, pick your battles and change to the
way things *should* be a little at a time. As you mentioned, change
may come easier once the present leader moves on.
> During the last committee meeting, our Cubmaster told me, "If you run
> the pack by the book, you won't have a pack anymore."
IMO again, he's dead wrong. Let's see, Cub Scouting has been going on
longer than he's been alive, BSA has drawn on the experience of
thousands of packs, researched thousands of ideas, spent millions of
dollars developing the program we have today. But your Cubmaster
probably knows better. Yeh. Send him around, I've been wasting a
college education and twenty years of experience trying to run this
pesky business, when he could probably straighten me right out. Sorry
for the rant, but the most successful units I have seen are the ones
where the leaders have the most training and follow the BSA program most
Keep at it. One nice thing about Cub Scout packs is that no matter
how badly they are being run, in three or four years they tend to have
mostly new leadership, which makes them easier to change than some other
John Conley <email@example.com>
Ganeodiyo Lodge Adviser
Finger Lakes Council (NY)
*Better to build boys than mend men*