Do you ever have a hard time going to Pack Meeting? If so, apparently, you’re not alone! This popular video of a Utah Scouting dad’s recently surfaced, where he expresses his true feelings about Pack Meetings while on anesthesia after a knee surgery.
True Feelings About Pack Meetings
“I don’t even like to go to pack meeting … it’s the worst,” Scout dad Spencer Anderson says in this video. Then, he starts crying. “It’s just so boring,” he says. On top of being boring, Anderson mentions how seriously uncomfortable those chairs are. These are definitely a few things that can make going to any meeting difficult!
Here are some ideas to liven up both the meeting and your experience there.
Fixing a Boring Pack Meeting.
As a Leader
- As you wait for everyone to arrive at the beginning of a meeting, use the gathering time to provide interesting activities for both the boys and family members. This is a great opportunity to engage parents and families, and make pack meetings something to look forward to.
- The “program” portion of the meeting can be used to include activities that involve the audience while also demonstrating the skills the boys have learned throughout the month.
- The Recognition and Rank Advancement portion of the meeting is an important time for advancing Cub Scouts. By making this a big deal, even the most routine parts of a meeting can be an exciting event. Consider recruiting a Cub Scout or a parent to do the announcing for this portion; this will increase participation even more.
- Because there is no mandatory Pack Meeting agenda, take the time to include a fun activity/game and refreshments after the meeting, time and money permitting.
- Have a fun theme! Activities can be centered around an exciting or playful theme that both Scouts and families can enjoy.
The activities at a meeting can vary widely, depending on the theme and current adventures. Here are some of the most common activities you can use to make meetings enjoyable for everyone:
Skits – These can be pantomimes, sketches, or short plays. The main purpose of skits is for the boys—and the audience—to have fun.
- Games – Playing is an important part of the Cub Scout program. Boys enjoy playing games, and games teach boys important values such as good sportsmanship, self-confidence, and fair play in an environment where taking part and doing one’s best are more important than winning. Parents can get involved as well!
- Demonstrations – During their den meetings, Cub Scouts will have learned skills that they can demonstrate at the pack meeting. They will have worked on craft projects that can be displayed. These demonstrations and displays give boys a sense of pride in their own accomplishments and can be interesting and exciting for parents to view.
Hang in There!
We know that it can sometimes be tough to sit through long Pack Meetings, but we are grateful for the parents and leaders that do it anyways.
Comment below if you have a unique idea that keeps your Pack Meetings fun, or let us know which one of these you want to try out!