This is the time of the year that the Adult Leaders need to come together and review and plan for the upcoming year. Good planning will cascade to the parents so they know what we are up to. It helps them plan. Having events and meetings thrown at them at the last moment creates havok and the boys miss out because Family Plans come first.
Now, for our Pack, I have been doing a lot of it. When I took over there was a simple quick meeting for the first one. In the Winter other Committee Members/Den Leaders & Parents helped out. That was 2009-2010. I planned the Summertime Pack Events. That was fun. That whole year 2009-2010 was a learning year. Last year was 2010-2011 and it was better.
However, we have never really had a TRUE Pack Committee Planning Session. The 2011-2012 is going to be different. We as a Pack have several hurdles to overcome, but what Unit doesn’t.
To prepare for this, I have asked the Committee/Leaders to think about what they want to do for the upcoming year. I have also created a quick spreadsheet of dates/events that we have done, what I would like to do and what we need to be aware of. What I would also love to do is a 360 survey via Survey Monkey to all the Parents of the Pack. This will help us figure out what they liked, didn’t like and what they want to do differently. Just as we need to listen to the Boys, we need to listen to the Parents.
The tools that I am using are: Council Planning/Schedule. This will get us most all the major things that are going on within District/Council. I also plug in dates from last year. In searching the Internet, I found that the Crossroads of America’s Council in Indiana has a great section for pack planning. (I wish our Council had this). I do use the BSA National resources. These came out about this time in 2010 and are very helpful. The other website that I have found recently is Scouthelps. This is more of a month to month thing. However, is packed with ideas.
Journey to Excellence Award. This has replaced the Quality Unit Award. Is it another patch/award to earn? Oh yes it is. However, it is not just that. There are three levels any unit can attain. Bronze, Silver and Gold. Check the link for more info about them. As a Unit, we will be using this to help guide our Pack to have more fun. I highly suspect we will get Gold. If you plug in what your QUA was for 2010, 2011 via JEA will be a snap. My goal is not really to attain GOLD, my goal is to use the JEA and help us plan our activities. It helps us stay on track.
As part of my transition plan as Cub Master for 2011-2013 is to start stepping back and having others help plan Pack Meetings, Summertime Pack Events & etc. I will still be in charge of the Program and respondsible for all ceremonies (ie: Crossover, Arrow of Light). This annual planning process will help me encompass this transition since it will be up to the now Bears,Wolves & Tigers to carry on. I am hoping to identify and train an Assistant Cub Master for this year. He or She will start to take on more and more respondsibility as it goes on. My hope is that at the start of 2012-2013 that they are the lead for it all.