Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Newbie Cubmaster Intro & Plea For Advice
Re: Newbie Cubmaster Intro & Plea For Advice
Sat, 13 Feb 1999 17:00:13 EST
It sounds like your on track with the changes you want to make.
But....sometimes it's better making changes verrrrrrry slowly if your the new
person in an organization. Below are the changes you mentioned, and my
<< * Have award ceremonies at our monthly pack meetings rather than
holding most of the ranks and awards until the B&G.>>
In our pack we make have award ceremonies at each pack meeting, except for the
months we have Pinewood Derby, and our Cub Scout Carnival / Silent Auction.
It's only fair to the boys to give them their awards as soon as possible after
they've earned 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.>>
I've not heard of a 50/50 raffle, but it sounds like gambling...not a means of
teaching Cubs to give. Instead of this, get the Cubs involved in several
community service projects each year. This morning our Cubs had the annual
"Scouting for Food" drive. We collected well over 1,000 food items (in a small
town) for our food pantry.
<<* Provide some activities for the boys during the summer rather than
shutting down from May (our graduation is in April) until September.>>
Our pack strives to have one "event" during each summer month. May - Fishing
Clinic/Derby, June - Pack Bike Ride & sponsor District Day Camp, & July - Pack
(swimming) Pool Party. In late August our "scouting year" starts over again.
Attendance at these events is pretty spotty, but the boys enjoy seeing each
other, and it gives them a way to "stay active" in scouting during the summer
<<* Have the dens perform skits and sing songs during the pack meetings. >>
Great idea! In our pack each den has an assignment for each pack meeting.
(i.e.; set up, den display (showing something they've done or made), opening,
song, skit, closing, & cleanup). This works well. The boys enjoy being a part
of their meeting.
Chris....It sounds like you're on the right track. You just need to ease
everyone else into these changes instead of trying to implement them all at
one time. Keep up the good work, and don't get discouraged if you meet a few
nay sayers along the way.