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    • I wonder if the intent with the Blastcars was to provide a source of parts for someone building their own model: i.e. axles, wheels, eyelets, etc...   It might be an easier source of parts if the Scout in question doesn't have access to a fully stocked hobby shop where they could get what they need for their own model.
    • Good luck!  As a former Pack CC here are some of the things that I think helped us to have a good relationship with parents. 1. think of the CC as the Pack's cruise director.  I always felt part of my role was to help parents navigate the process.  Never assume parents already know something.  Always be ready to explain things. 2. the value of communication.  We had a very active pack email list for parents.  Something would go out to every family two or three times a week.  Announcements about sign ups, service projects, pack meetings, etc...  Parents are busy, so I always remembered to send information 3 times.  Once well ahead of time.  Once when we were ready for parents to start taking action.  Once near the event or signup deadline. 3. at pack meetings the CC has one job - to talk with parents.  Meet them, get to know them, answer questions.
    • I would tell him that BSA was supposed to be apolitical.  A better project would be an education campaign about plastics, or about plastic recycling.  Wish I could read the linked article.  
    • Many of our pack parents are not interested in the financials. They just show up to meetings are events. Getting volunteers to help is a topic of another day haha. I am not sure if the bylaws are from another CC or if it is something our CO has asked us to have. It could be a council thing as well. The former CC did not give me ANY training or heads up on the position. Just did a 'tag your it' and poof gone. She was a treasurer last year but then just drop the bomb of her leaving so that left us with another mess we are dealing with. Again, the bylaws we are all talking about tonight. I am hoping we get them all figured out and can begin building a parent handbook. Something both leaders and parents can reference together so everyone is on the same page. I feel like my brain and hands are not communicating lol. The only time the parents are 'informed' on how our pack works, is when the former did a power point presentation and it as a generic one from council. That was it. So we would have to field questions blind as she was never around to or give contradicting information. She would never clue us in on things and when we asked about them, we got a duh look or a dont you know type question. I want to build a better pack. A better relationship between leaders in a whole and also with parents.  
    • Why not just have your treasurer publish an update periodically on how your pack does things?  Our approach is basically - if you don't cost us money, we don't charge you.  If you sign up and then don't show they we'll charge you.  If you cancel with plenty of notice so that we can adjust we'll do that.  When a new family joins, our treasurer take 2 minutes to give them an overview. What I mildly dislike about bylaws is that they hide the fact that Scouting is an activity run by volunteers.  When I was Cubmaster & then Pack CC, I would get questions like "what is the pack policy on buying gear" or "what is that pack policy on cancellation deadlines?"  In all of these instances, I'd take a step back and explain that "our" pack is a group of families that have come together for the purposes of providing a Cub Scout program to all of our kids.  The cancellation policy is what I wrote above.  If you don't cost the pack money, we won't charge you money.  The signup deadline for an event is whatever the leader for that event set and communicated. And so on. Every so often someone would complain about now knowing something and we'd deal with it.  What it usually meant is that our leaders got better about communicating things.  i.e., Families, please remember to sign up for our Camping trip at the Zoo by Sept. 1 so we can submit the payment.  If you need to cancel, please do so before that date as once we pay, we won't be able to handle refunds. We could have captured much of the above in a set of pack bylaws.  Instead is seemed to work better to simply communicate it like I just did.
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