Taking Responsibility for your Position

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Registered: 04-26-2002
Taking Responsibility for your Position
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Sat, 09-01-2012 - 11:41am

It's time to get the Cub Scout year going with den and pack meetings and recruitment and such.  We did have a Committee Meeting in June to plan for the summer and talk about who was going to be in which leadership positions for the fall.  I also found out how to officially make people that position with the council (by filling out paperwork).  It's all new information since we haven't had a dedicated person in the Committee Chair position for nearly 2 years.  It's been mostly empty with someone filling in to do recharter and occasionally try to lead the meetings we have.  So, I sent out an e-mail to all pack adults a few days ago telling them we need to have a meeting to get the year started.  I also told them that I had filled out the paperwork to reserve spaces for our den and pack meetings.  The responses I got towards the meeting number 2.  One telling me that the one family is not returning because their youngest isn't intersted in scouts at all (and the 2 olders are now in a Boy Scout troop) so we are losing the guy who I thought would become our committee chair.  And the other was from the guy who is going to be our new cubmaster saying that they are on vacation Sept 1-21 and will miss the recruitment and the first pack meeting, but he hopes to come back energized to work on pack meetings after that... and his wife was saying that she may be able to be a den leader for wolfs (which numbers 2 kids) but she doesn't want to do it alone... also because it doesn't make sense to have a den of 2 kids.  They also indicated that if the old cubmaster might still be around that maybe he could do the September pack meeting... My thought was: "Wouldn't you ask him that yourself and work out the transition among themselves???  Technically, I'm only a den leader- not the keeper of the pack!

The other thing is that popcorn sales have already started and we have heard nothing from the lady who did it last year or the family who is supposed to be doing it this year (except a month ago the outgoing lady e-mailed me and wanted me to ask the pack membership if anyone was interested in show and sell and she would help us do it- we've never done it in the past.)

I'm trying to be optimistic, but I'm not feeling it.

 

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Registered: 04-26-2002
Sat, 09-08-2012 - 9:38pm

Well, I sent another e-mail reminding of recruitment coming up on Tuesday and the only response was that a family with a Web 2 and an incoming Tiger responded that they had reconsidered and were not going to have their younger boy but would do whatever they needed to have the older one finish up and move to Boy Scouts.  I responded to ask her what exactly swayed their decision to pull him out since he had so much fun at Day Camp.  I also told her that depending upon how recruitment went on Tuesday and I wasn't feeling too optimistic, I would probably take my den and go join a different pack- would that make a difference for them if there were other adults/kids.

It's so frustrating to see things failing "under my watch" and I feel somewhat reponsible, but at the same time, I can't take on the blame with other parents not willing to do the stuff that needs done for their kid to have a good scouting experience.  It makes me sad, but I guess if it's me that has to make the hard decision to have this cub pack dissolve, then that;s what it takes.  It also makes me worry about the future (as if i could really do anything about that) because this is the "feeder" pack for the Boy Scout troop that my son just joined in February.  It only has about 15 kids half new/ half working on their upper level badges with 4 who have already earned Eagle.  They will be getting the probably 6 web 2's who are planning to move u in November, then there will be nothing since it doesn't look like we will recharter.

I also just found the old "Year A" program for Cub Scouts- for a start up group and I thought that if we got a few, I could have us follow that if needed.  But I kinda think that even that is not going to work with the lack of adult support I'm getting now.  UGH!

I'm sad.

-Jen