Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Newbie Cubmaster Intro & Plea For Advice
Re: Newbie Cubmaster Intro & Plea For Advice
John and Bernadette Curry
Sat, 13 Feb 1999 14:57:31 -0500
<SNIP From Original Thread from Chris DeRoo>
Have the dens perform skits and sing songs during the pack meetings.<SNIP>
doing it by the book
<SNIP of a reply from Pete McMullen to original thread>
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!
<SNIP from response from MaryEllen>
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.
At first you'll be selling the idea to the adults. It may take a little
getting used-to by the den leaders, but the boys will like it. And the
parents like to see/watch their children get recognition, perform and
otherwise have fun. Remember that you're asking the den leaders to *help
you* with the meeting.
Our Pack has a roll call (each den is called and "performs" a short cheer)
and we have a rotating roster of "chores" for the dens (including Tigers).
This technique is great for being sure that you have dens helping you keep
the meetings active and fun is used by lots of Packs. The chores that our
Pack rotates are:
Opening (includes set up of the room)
Closing (includes clean-up of the room)
Newsletter article (boy written)
Welcome table (includes den display, handing out newsletters, making sure
families see the sign up sheets for special events...)
Skit or song
The other thing we did with our first Cubmaster and I know that my son (and
I) miss this year is the "den presentations" - each den leader uses a minute
or two to talk a little about what the den did, their service projects,
outings etc. It can go something like this: "Den 1 discussed the rules for
bowling, talked about bowling etiquette and learned how to keep score then
the den went bowling, so the Wolves all earned a bowling belt loop. We
distributed bags to 50 houses and collected them a week later filled with
winter coats for Christ House in YYYYY....That was XX hours of service
toward the Pack's goal of XXX for the year." It serves a couple of
purposes...1. we put the kids in the spotlight (they can present or they
stand with the leader), and 2. the den leaders get an informal idea of what
all the other levels have done and have fun doing (for next year), what
field trips were worth the visit etc.
Take it slow and G'Luck!