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of ‘just us’ bonding,” Rencsak says. “If you can’t get the parents to open the book, the boy is never going to advance.” Of course, not every family will make it to the family campout; these days even first- and second-graders live busy lives. If a family can’t attend, Rencsak assigns an experienced leader to meet personally with the family. “They will come over to that leader’s home or the leader will go to their home with the rank book and the join packet and go over any questions,” she says. Pack 160’s attention to detail—and to


new parents—has paid off. Since Rencsak joined the pack eight years ago, member- ship has grown from 20 boys to 47, and the pack now serves about 30 percent of the boys at the school where it recruits. Rencsak says the camping program


accounts for much of that growth. “If we can persuade them to be out there, they’ll be with us through the year,” she says. ¿


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