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I just found out that our pack doesn't meet in the summer.  I'm not sure why.  Seems like a great way to lose members.  I seem to remember Scouting being a year-round activity.  We've overcome so much sluggishness to start building the pack, and then we're going to waste it?

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The pack my family was with  went year round, but we did only 2 meetings/month plus Cub Scout Day Camp. Pack I grew up in was only during the school year.

Now every troop I have been involved with has met year round. Summer usually had some extra time since we had light longer and we didn't have school. When I moved to NC, I met my first troop that only met during the school year, except for summer camp, and it blew my mind. From reading posts here and elsewhere, there are a lot of troop that do not meet during the summer.

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That's the thing.  There's so much light, it's perfect for meeting.  We meet in the dead of winter when it's dark before we arrive.  Why not enjoy the sunshine?

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A large percentage of packs base there program year on the school year.

Many have a few events during the summer, so scouts can earn the summertime pack award.

As long as my cubs and families want to continue meeting, we will continue to meet during the summer.

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12 hours ago, Armymutt said:

I just found out that our pack doesn't meet in the summer.  I'm not sure why.  Seems like a great way to lose members.  I seem to remember Scouting being a year-round activity.  We've overcome so much sluggishness to start building the pack, and then we're going to waste it?

 

11 hours ago, Armymutt said:

That's the thing.  There's so much light, it's perfect for meeting.  We meet in the dead of winter when it's dark before we arrive.  Why not enjoy the sunshine?

All your observations are spot on!  (and no school!) Run your program during the summer.  Have a blast!

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Our pack tries to meet weekly during the off school weeks, starting in June. It helps the cubs get ahead on their adventures. I suppose it depends on how active the leadership wants to be.

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Normally I'm of the opinion that scouts could do summer camp but otherwise get a break from scouting in the summer. The scouting trail can be long, no need to burn everyone out early. Take a couple of months off.

However I'm making an exception this year because I'm DL for a Webelos den and covid set us back a bit on advancement and getting ready to cross over to a troop next year, so we'll be keeping things going this summer.

A more recent thought I've had, actually has been to ease off den meetings in May and June because my town is big on baseball and it's really difficult to get good attendance at scout meetings/activities. I'd rather slow things down in May and June and then pick back up in July. Not sure I'll ever actually do that, just a thought I've had recently.

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On 5/30/2021 at 8:25 AM, AMRC18 said:

Our pack tries to meet weekly during the off school weeks, starting in June. It helps the cubs get ahead on their adventures. I suppose it depends on how active the leadership wants to be.

How often do you meet in the school year?

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IMHO, units should continue a program in the Summer but they should adapt to different types of activities that make sense for the units.  

For example, our ship during the summer adds Wet Wednesday sailing evenings.  An occasional pool party.  Things like that keep it fresh

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I just had a Den Meeting two days ago. :)

Yes, you should meet during the summer.  For June... most of our Scouts are attending Council Day Camp or Resident Camp.  In July we will have other activites planned.  By the time August comes around we will have a community event or two planned as recruiting opportunities.  

Only thing I can say is I wouldnt get too deep into requirements, at least in Cub Scouts.  If you get a lot of new Scouts when school starts you will be repeating.  Just have things fun to do over the Summer that keeps them involved.

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