Appointed in January of 2018, Frank Matthews is the Scouter assigned to help Lion (Kindergarten) and Tiger (First Grade) Leaders as they start their journey into the Scouting program.
Frank is assigned to this important volunteer duty by the Shawnee Trails District Commissioner. Frank’s formal, official title, is Assistant District Commissioner for Tiger and Lion Leader Mentors. Shawnee Trails District of the Boy Scouts of America follows the borders of the Shawnee Mission School District. Continue reading “Meet the Tiger Leader Mentor”
Here’s something which may be of help for the new leader:
Top 10 – “Things to get done”
Get contact information for Cub Master, Chair, Chartered Organization Representative (The person who talks to the Pastor or Chairman of the PTA), and every family in your den.
Get the Pack’s calendar from the Cub Master or Chair. Bring it to the parents’ meeting.
Tell everyone you meet in Scouting that you need a Den Chief until an older boy volunteers to help you.
Have a parents’ meeting. Decide how often, when, where you’ll meet (anyplace it’s safe).
Place meeting ideas on the schedule until it’s full, align with the pack meetings.
The Den Leader presents the program at each meeting, assisted by everyone.
Each scouts parent chooses meetings from the schedule in rotation until done. Save two meetings for reserve.
The boys will always be busy, bring something fun for them to do while waiting for the meeting to start.
Communicate everything to everyone, all the time. Use online tools, whatever is necessary.
Your first meeting should be ACTIVE! One suggestion is to take the den through the Bobcat badge requirements in the form of a sing-a-long. Keep them moving, add a fun activity and a reward for earning that Bobcat. Make a big deal at the next Pack meeting to recognize your new Bobcats.
Being a new scout leader can be overwhelming. New duties, trusted with other people’s kids, expected to make everything fun? It can seem like a lot. As mentors we’re here to help.
Sometimes we’ll be able to help more than others, but when a new leader is just getting started is when our help is critical.