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CUB SCOUT CORNER


Build Momentum in May When school is done, it’s time to start having fun.


not a time to coast to the finish line like a pinewood derby car in the home stretch of a race.


Another pack that builds momen-


tum in May is Pack 88 in Keller, Tex. Founding Cubmaster G.W. Bell (who now serves as chartered organization representative) set that expectation from the beginning. “The program is designed to be 12 months, and you’re not going to get the most benefit out of it without using the program for what it is,” he says. Although details differ, Bell and


Pecora, along with successful pack leaders across the country, focus on three P’s during May: planning, people, and programming.


Planning Early each May, Pack 88 holds a plan- ning conference. It evaluates the year’s activities and sets its calendar for the next year. Pack 85, meanwhile, plans its summer calendar in the spring and then works on its school-year calendar in the summer, once council event dates have been announced. One advantage of planning ahead


LONG BEFORE THE END of spring, some Cub Scout packs get a jump on the lazy, hazy days of summer. As May gives way to June, they stop holding den meetings, scale back pack activi- ties, and do little else than mark time until day camp arrives. “When I first started as Cubmaster, our pack was kind of like that,” says David Pecora, who is finishing up his third year as Cubmaster of Pack 85 in Beaumont, Tex. “When the school year ended in May, Scouting ceased to function, and it didn’t pick up again


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until the school year started.” Kids’ summer schedules are less consistent because of camps, activities, and even family vacations. With this change in routine, it’s easy to see how Scouting can get left out of the picture. No more. Now, Pack 85 takes the


opposite approach. Each May, the pack ramps up programming—and planning—to ensure that the excite- ment of Cub Scouting continues through the summer and beyond. To Pecora and his fellow pack leaders, May is a time to build momentum,


is that you can take time to evaluate what you did this year. Recently, for example, Pack 88 was getting into something of a rut, scheduling the same activities from year to year and getting diminishing returns. “Once a kid had been [to an activity or outing] a couple of times, he didn’t want to go again,” Pecora says. The solution: a three-year rotation of pack activities.


READ MORE WAYS to boost summer Scouting programs at scoutingmagazine.org/summer.


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