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Who Should Attend Committee Meetings

Committee Meeting Attendance  

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  1. 1. Should Den Leaders Attend Committee Meetings

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Is it always appropriate for den leaders to attend den meeting or just let the committee members do their thing and tell the den leaders what they need to know?  If a den leader is there should they provide any input or suggestions or just sit in the back and be quiet?

 

(Asking as a 1st year Den Leader)

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In our pack, we always wanted the den leaders to attend.  So much of what we covered involved them.  Pack meeting plans, campout plans, join Scouting plans, advancement, etc.  These always had some impact on, and needed the involvement of, the den leaders.  So, we were glad to have them.

If your pack is organized in a way that you cover this in a different forum, then it may be less important.

 

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Except for issues like camperships or waiving dues for specific scouts - which involves some privacy - committee members benefit from the presence of DLs at their meetings. But that starts asking for more than one hour a week from your DL!

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Wow I thought this was a joke at first ... As a den leader, I would be appalled if I wasn't invited into the monthly committee meetings. In fact all parents, den leaders, and interested parties expected to be at our committee meetings, and we have a great program going. But I would hesitate to be part of any program where the den leaders, the very core of the Cub Program, are not welcome. 

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Somebodies got to do the jokes and heckles from the back of the room, they aren't writing themselves

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I understand that some packs have a Cubmaster/den leader program  meeting and a separate committee meeting.  The committee is just business talk.  

Unless you're a huge pack, I like the combined model myself.

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Since the majority of my Pack's committee is Den Leaders, the committee meetings would be pretty quiet if we weren't there. 

 

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1st of all I'm a first year Tiger DL that has been involved all of 5 months now.  I don't know enough about whats going on to have any valuable input in the meeting.  As far as I can tell DLs aren't voting members.  I kinda feel I would be better off waiting for the CM telling what I need to know.  Already in IMO overstepped by asking the CC something and he told me it was something to bring up in the committee meeting.  Last night it came to me that I had too many ideas and just making the CMs life harder than it needs to be.  I feel like I haven't served the time to deserve to be in that room and as a newbie need to keep my ideas to my myself...  In a nut shell.

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Welcome to Scouting.  Thank you for volunteering!

It sounds like you're enjoying Scouting and will have a tremendous impact on the Scouts in your den.  In my experience, Packs all have a certain culture.  Coming in and trying to change things can result in lots of extra work for those other volunteers around you.  That's when leaders get frustrated.

As a new leader, my recommendation would be to attend the meetings and learn. During that initial time, attend the meetings and see what goes on.  You will very quickly go from being the new leader to one of the experienced folks in the room. Having been there will be very helpful in a few months when the next group arrives.

Having a bigger impact on the pack is easy once you figure out what the Cubmaster is trying to do.  Figure out his goals and how you can align yours with the CM's.

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