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 10:05:08 -0800
> * Have award ceremonies at our monthly pack meetings rather than
> holding most of the ranks and awards until the B&G.
Absolutely! Cub Scouting is IMMEDIATE recognition. To hold all of
them off until B&G is not a way to keep the pack going. We do have in
our unit that they get their ranks as a den in certian months (March
crossover, April W1 to W2 and Bear to W1, May Wolf to Bear and Tiger
to Wolf) but the boys get theri pins, beltloops and other awards all
during the year as they earn them. The programs are meant to last a
year based upon monthly themes. If your leaders follow the schedules
in the program helps then they all should advance together.
> * 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.
Yes the proceeds go to charity and that is nice but, Boy Scout
regulations require NO Raffles of any sort. The requirement is that you
must get something for money given. Our Pack used to have raffles and
it was curtailed by the Council when they found out. I dont know where
the source of this information is but call your Council or National and
ask them and I am sure that they can quote the source for you.
> * Provide some activities for the boys during the summer rather than
> shutting down from May (our graduation is in April) until September.
By closing down for summer, you are risking loosing boys and also
missing out on the Summertime Pack award. Dont try to hold den
meetings in the summer, this can be difficult with vacations and such.
But fun summer activitys as a pack can keep your program going and
qualify the boys that attend all 3 activitys for summertime awards.
Suggest a swimming party, raingutter regatta, a potluck, even a Pack
trip to somewhere fun such as an amusement park.
> * Have the dens perform skits and sing songs during the pack meetings.
Yes!!! Have each den responsible for part of the program! One den can
do a pre-opening game with all that are arriving. One does the flag
ceremonies, the others can lead a song or do a skit. Rotate this around
and take turns. If you have refreshments, then have one den be in
charge of laying out cups, napkins & cookies.
Good luck! You have the desire to make the program the best you can
do for the boys! Hope you have all the success in the world!
Redwood Empire, Yokayo District BSA
District Secretary, District Training Chair
Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner
Scouting for our Country's Future!