Hopefully your recruiting efforts are bringing lots of new boys and girls into your dens and packs. But welcoming new members also means welcoming new parents, and you need to let those new to the program know what’s expected of both the Cub Scout and the parent. We were a little surprised to learn that a lot of packs don’t have an orientation for parents.
Jamie Smith started out in Scouting about eight years ago as a concerned parent. That led to becoming den leader, assistant Cubmaster, and then Cubmaster. However, it was the role of a concerned parent that made him an expert on parent orientation. Jamie shares with us why it’s important for you to have a parent orientation and what that entails.
Sometimes a new family might come in with a little bit of anxiety—maybe they’re not exactly sure what they’ve gotten themselves into—and it’s important that we make them comfortable. These new parents are future Cubmasters or den leaders or even just good resources for your den or pack. It’s important that we make them feel comfortable and actually glad that they’ve joined the Cub Scouting family. Joining us is Winnie Lee of Pack 681 in the San Diego-Imperial Council’s Rancho Mesa District. As she tells us – it all begins with welcoming the families. How do we do that? Let’s find out.
We’ve got something brand new to talk about for this episode, something called (drum roll, please) preview adventures. Hmm, you might be saying to yourself, I wonder what that’s about?
Joining us to tell us all about this exciting new initiative is Lisa Wylie, the brand-new chair for the National Cub Scouting Committee.