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    • That's similar to what I was planning: 2-3 "things" each month, so a den meeting or two, no pack meeting, and highlighting one of the pack activities going on that seems like a good fit for the littles.  But, the 3 parents who showed up for our kick-off meeting tonight are all going to be at the pack meetings with older siblings anyway, so I guess we'll be adding those in.  And they want two den meetings each month.  And the sibling factor will probably have them attending a lot of pack functions, too.   Our dues are so minimal that we can't charge Lions any less.  We've always just ignored the extra cost of the time between sign up and recharter and figured that everyone is new once, so it works out.  And while Lions at least theoretically do less fun stuff, they also probably do less fundraising to make up that difference.   Definitely this.  If you have an orderly den/pack experience like what most parents are looking for, then you move to a boy-led scene where it takes an hour and a half and you still barely have a menu for the upcoming campout (not that this happened this evening or anything) it's a real adjustment.   We've also had some kids at least on the verge of leaving and not coming back when we told them that their Whittling Chip wasn't any good anymore and they had to put that pocket knife away.  And while they're at it, stop poking at the fire until they can get someone to take the time to do the Fireman's Chit with them.   It wasn't until I did the IOLS training that I could look at the chaos without immediately wanting to shut it down and force order upon it.  And I'm the least Type A parent I know.  After having the "let them fail" mantra drilled into my head, it only makes me mildly crazy.  Okay, moderately crazy.  But I bite my tongue.   I think there's less of a feeling of "burnout" and more a frustration that they are doing less in the troop than they were in cubs because having adults plan and lead stuff IS generally more efficient.  
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    • Actually its  up to the Council at this point. 
    • Do you charge them the same dues (assuming your pack has dues)?
    • It may sound that way, but is definitely not. A voting member of the council is one who votes for the board member slate of candidates, not a member of the board. Time to time the council voting members have to vote to sell a camp or something that the board wants to put “to the people”.  
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