Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Re: New Subscriber Intro.
Re: New Subscriber Intro.
Wed, 14 Apr 1999 02:23:49 EDT
Here are some of the things we did to increase our Pack Meeting Attendance:
1. Cubby Bear. I made a felt red vest for a teddy bear my mother donated to
our pack. Then at the pack meeting we gave it to the den with the best
attendance. (attendance was measured by percentage to keep if fair) They keep
the bear until the next pack meeting. They had to add one item to the bear
while they had it. Then at the next pack meeting they brought it back and it
was given to the den with the best attendance that night. Examples of items
added: Red homemade hat, red pants, patches, & key chains the boys had made.
It worked so well we got another bear.
2. Parent Attendance ribbon. We have the parents sign in as well as the
boys. The den with the highest percentage of Parents or each den with 100%
Parent attendance gets a ribbon for their flag. They are available through
your local scout shop.
3. On time prizes. If the scout is in the gym by 7 pm they get a raffle
ticket. At the end of the meeting we raffle off small prizes. These are
either donated or bought from the council shop. We chose to spend $20 per
month. I bought items that went on clearance after Christmas and got a great
deal. Not only did this get the boys there on time but the unexpected
benefit was that they stayed through the entire meeting, because the raffle
was at the end of the meeting. We heard boys beg their parents to stay for
4. Rounders. Each den made rounders. Then at the pack meeting the Cubmaster
would give out beads to those who were caught being good or helping out a
fellow scout, anything the Cubmaster believed should be rewarded. They also
get beads for wearing their uniforms to school on the day of a Pack meeting.
I go in at lunch and hand them out. I am in school frequently so whenever I
see a scout in uniform or in a scout T-shirt they get a bead.
5. We have a Pack activity almost every month. We may skip a month if there
is a council or district event to go to.
6. We started a Family Campout during the summer. We had plenty of
activities for the boys to do and they earned a segment for each one they
participated in. Some went home with ten segments. If your council doesn't
use segments then give them beads for their rounders. We were told by
previous leaders that no one would show up...we had 50 people that first
year! Lesson-use your own ideas, do new things.
7. FUN. Most importantly we made our pack meetings FUN. There is an
activity at each meeting. This takes a lot of planning but it is worth it
when you here the boys say "I had fun tonight!"
Good Luck and have fun. If your having fun the boys will have fun.
Hanover Park, IL