Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Newbie Cubmaster Intro & Plea For Advice
Re: Newbie Cubmaster Intro & Plea For Advice
Chris De Roo
Fri, 12 Feb 1999 15:00:18 -0500
Thank you all so very much for your help. As of lunchtime today, I've
received 27 responses.
I feel humbled today. Email can be limiting but I would like express my
gratitude to those who responded to my posting. I did not expect this
kind of response either in its volume or in the sincerity and concern
shown to me by the responders. I am touched by the great deal of
support and encouragement given to me by these people whom I've never
had the pleasure of meeting.
Without exception, every response has given me very good advice.
Several people have asked similar questions. In the interest of time
(lunchtime at work that is), I'll post my reply to a great majority of
the questions on the listserver. Everybody must be on the same
wavelength as Laura. Many of the posts I received echoed at least one
of her questions so I'll reply to her posting below.
Laura R Lyster wrote:
> How big is the pack?
We've got about 50 boys, 23 of which are tigers. I'm told that we had
about 100 boys last year so I suppose we have the potential for many
more in the coming years.
> Your pack has never received the Quality Unit award or Summertiime
> activity award?
I saw old streamers for the Summertime Activity and Quality Unit awards
so we must have received one some years ago. I learned a _little_ bit
of history by going through the 70 streamers on our pack flag while
sitting in my living room last weekend.
> What are current pack meetings like? If you want to do the things mentioned above,
> does that mean that your pack meetings were without these elements?
For the most part, yes.
Patches for special events like the turkey shoot, christmas caroling,
cake bake, etc. were handed out at pack meetings. Aside from perhaps
one pack meeting, I don't recall any ranks or pins being handed out and
other than the AOL at B&G, nothing is done with a ceremony. The boys
were called up by dens at B&G. After announcing each boy's name and his
awards, he was given a handshake and handed a white envelope with all
his accumulated awards.
I tried to lead the pack in a song last month but aside from that, we
haven't done any. I had a rather poor delivery and the song started to
take on a life of it's own when the boys started singing. Despite this,
people were laughing, boys were bellowing out sounds as loud as they
could amidst a mass of convusion and parents were smiling. Now whether
they were smiling and laughing at me or the song isn't clear. But I
didn't mind too much since the boys seemed to have some fun. With some
practice, I'll do a better job of it next time.
We haven't done any skits or run-ons this year.
The pack meeting consists of an opening and closing (a den marches the
flags up and back) with some combination of things going on in the
middle. The middle always contains announcements and a raffle. Some
other specific "middle" activities have been: School Night for
Scouting (September), Cake Auction (October), Turkey Shoot
(November),FOS (January), B&G (February), PW Derby (March), Graduation
(April), Mother & Son Basketball (May, very sparsely attended - 1 boy
last year I'm told). Some of the middle activities aren't too bad but
many of them aren't long enough and leave a lot of dead space in the
meetings. I believe parents are expected to use the dead space to sign
up for activities at the back of the room. Discipline is a problem as
the boys seem to amuse themselves when nothing's going on up front.
I believe that a several boys, including the 2nd year Webelos have been
to some sort of summer camp or another. I understand that picnics in
the summer for our pack haven't been successful.
Despite this, a majority of the pack regularly shows up for the pack
meeting. Of those boys who come, almost all have their parents stay
We have a lot of potential.
Chris De Roo