Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Tips on your success
Re: Tips on your success
Heath & Lee Hudson
Sat, 20 Feb 1999 09:25:08 -0500
Your mascot swap sounds great fun! How would you go about determining
the route, or would you just send it to someone you know in a pack
elsewhere and let them choose the next place?
By the way, we require parental (and/or "your own personal adult", be it
Aunt, Uncle, Grandparent,) attendance at monthly pack meetings. We let
parents know at registration that this is a part of the "home based"
program we help to offer and include this in our pack meeting planning.
We include parents (adults) in opening ceremonies on a regular basis,
recruit parents (adults) to help with small jobs at that meeting
(judging the pumpkin carving contest or birdhouse contest, helping with
refreshments) We especially 'hit on' parents that we don't see
regularly. We also always bring parents (adults) to the front when boys
receive advancement and regularly use the "Parents Promise" when issuing
(repeat after me - all parents)
"I, (name), promise to do my best
To help my son to be a good Cub Scout
To encourage him to fulfill the Cub Scout Promise
And obey the Law of the Pack.
I promise to assist him in his Cub Scout acheivements and electives
To co-operate with the Den Leader, the Cubmaster and the Pack Committee
And to participate actively in Cub Scouting."
We also provide activities for and encourage attendence of siblings. We
run a "non-cub" pinewood derby race for anyone who wants to participate
and include adults and siblings in our pack meeting service projects
such as creating table decorations for the local senior citizen holiday
meals (good pre-opener). Through our Charter Organization, the UCC, we
have access to a highchair, which is used regularly (these days for the
youngest member of a family of five children from age 1 - 15, thier one
boy is a Wolf, they all come!).
We have had well over 75% attendence at our pack meetings (we have 30
boys) at every pack meeting this year! The percentage would have been
higher but we had a round of the flu during the last two meetings. I,
as CC, use pack meeting time to get to know (read - recruit) parents who
aren't 'on the committee' to help with upcoming events. Very rarely
will someone say 'no' to a small, specific job.
I realize that living (and Scouting) in a rural area effects our
success, I'm not sure to what extent. We do find that even divorced
parents are both coming to our pack meetings!
Hope this is helpful.
YIS, Lee Hudson, CC Pack 94, etc.