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work with their own Cub Scout. Before long, they broaden their sphere of influence to include the other Scouts and shortly ask for an adult application.


K.G. COLONIA, N.J.


MAKE IT PERSONAL I have been in this position. What I did that worked was to find a specific task that needed doing and ask them directly to do it, one on one. It’s much easier to say no when you hear “would someone” than when you hear a direct “would you.” From the initial task, slowly ask for more—reeling them in!


Chartered Organization Representative S.T. MATAWAN, N.J.


TIME OF YOUR LIFE In my area, a lot of the dads’ work involves travel, so they are not there a lot. I travel massive amounts, too, and share that with the dads. I explain that I use Scouts as a way to schedule time with my son and, for many activi- ties, with my daughter and family.


Cubmaster A.C. PORTLAND, ORE.


PUT THE OUTING IN SCOUTING Ask them to be in charge of a pack camping event, a Webelos activity badge like Outdoorsman or Readyman, or maybe a belt- loop activity such as Hiking or Map and Compass for a couple of dens. Also, an older son might be a choice to be a den chief. This extra family involvement could get the Eagle Scout dad more involved with the pack.


Pack Advancement Chair C.H. CARLISLE, PA.


THE NEW ORDER Depending on when they were active as youth, they may still believe that Cub Scout leadership is a female thing. Prior to 1989, or thereabouts, most Cub Scout leaders, except the Cubmaster


and Webelos den leaders, were females. They may not be familiar with the modern program. As to how to get them involved, find out about their interests and skills, and then see how you can incorporate them into meetings and outings.


Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner J.J. WILSON, N.C. PAY IT FORWARD


Remind the dads that 25 or 30 years ago, somebody was there for them. Today’s youth need their own mentors, guides, and role models as they first begin to explore Scouting. Active Cub Scouts become active Boy Scouts, and disinterested Cub Scouts become uninspired Webelos Scouts. Then, they drop out of Scouting altogether. S.N.


MENOMONEE FALLS, WIS.


TAKE THEM OUT Make Cub Scout events fun. Go camping. It amazes me how many Cub Scouts go through several years of only spending one night outdoors—and some don’t camp at all. Our Eagle dads help with den and pack events.


I.A. ROUND LAKE BEACH, ILL.


BUILD A STRONG FOUNDATION Make them realize that Cub Scouts are the life-blood of any successful troop. What may be wonderful today can go away very quickly if a strong founda- tion is not set beneath it.


Pack Committee Chairman M.A.T. TOLEDO, OHIO


TRAINING’S THE THING Invite them to do online training. They will see how gender roles have evolved since their Cub Scout days, and hopefully they will gain more open minds about leader gender roles. ¿


M.D. FREDERICKSBURG, VA.


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