So, I am really planning a head. Way a head. This stems from a flurry of emails this morning between several Den Leaders and Parents about how we as a Pack going to handle Youth Protection. This topic came up for two reasons.
First, we are putting together a handout for recruiting and a re-working of our website. It was said that we should get parents permission to use photos of the boys. Second, it came up due to the fact we live in Portland, OR where the lawsuit happened in April. Ground Zero for national news. I have a quick blog about it here.
My wise Bear Den Leader asked if we should do a Pack Meeting about it in the fall. I instantly thought of having that meeting for October. It is Fire Safety Month and we can loop it all in together.
This all ties into what I did with the Tigers & Bears did this year for Safety. They made ID Kits.
In looking at the new Cubscout Den & Pack Resources:
Tigers can work through meetings 1-4. They can also do the skit in #4 for the Pack meeting.
Wolves can work on # 5 before the meeting.
Bears can then do #4 and possibly help the entire pack during the pack meeting.
Webelos could possibly work on the Citizen Pin through this phase.
Using the Pack Meeting Plans for October, we can work all of this in. The gathering activity can be the creation of the Child ID Kits. I used this website/PDF for the Tigers earlier this year and it was perfect and FREE!
During this time we can have the Fire/Police representative talk about being safe. With a lot of requirements being met during this pack meeting, we can mark them off and hand out the associated segments and awards to the boys that night. The Fire/Police can hand them out at the end.
What I am also envisioning is to answer any and all questions from the parents and giving them information about the Guide to Safe Scouting and how BSA Youth Protection Training is currently being used. I will also encourage them to get trained along side with the Pack Committee and attend other Council trainings. The more that they know, the better informed everyone will be.
I will let you know after the meeting.