Cub Scouts - is this how it should be??

Terry - posted on 05/06/2015 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I have a tiger cub and a weblo 1 who love scouting. This year we moved to a new state and thus joined a new pack. Things are run quite differently than our old pack but I've been trying to get used to it. I have noticed lately that pack and den meetings are being changed or cancelled due to some boys baseball schedules. I asked about this and it turns out that our committee chair is also coaching his sons team (a few boys in different dens are on this same team) and he is altering the scout calendar to suit the needs of his boys team. This seems very wrong to me but maybe I am making a big deal for no reason. Has anyone else experienced something similar with sports conflicting with scouts?

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Sarah - posted on 05/06/2015

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I have two boys who have been through Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. One is Eagle scout and the other is 13 and a Star Scout.
So you have the den leader, and the pack master, then there is the council and the district. Your next step is to reach out to the Council representative for your Cub Scout pack. The bylaws of Scouting state that a calendar should be published either a full year of six months in advance. Meetings should be noted on the schedule as den meetings, pack meetings, special events or council meetings. The schedule should be followed. This sadly does happen and then boys don't make achievements and don't progress like they should. In Cub Scouts, a parent can sign off an achievement so you can always "make-up" missed stuff on your own. However, in Boy Scouts you cannot, so meetings are very important. it sets a poor example for the boys that sports are more important than scouting.

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Sarah - posted on 05/06/2015

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A big thing in our Pack was, if you don't like the way things are running, you should offer to help fix the problem. I got snared into volunteering for things becasue of this philosophy! Tread lightly.

Terry - posted on 05/06/2015

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Thanks Sarah. I am not trying to cause trouble and understand that no schedule can please everyone but at the same time I want my kids to get the scout experience they deserve.

Ev - posted on 05/06/2015

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You said you moved to a new place and the scouting experience is different. You have to expect that things will change during the course of the year be it game related, weather related or some emergency has come up. If this den leader is changing the meetings times up so the boys on the teams can also attend both, why bother having a fit about it. Do they give you fair warning of the changes in times for meetings? Maybe get your son into the ball games too?

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