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    Red face District Leader Meetings

    Well, it's that time again on Monday for another District Cub Leader's meeting...and I'm sure that it will be the same old faces again!

    Has anyone else got the same problem of lack of interest from Leaders in attending meetings? How many does everyone have a year? How do you get people to attend? What sort of things do you talk about? Where do you hold them?

    We normally have 4 per year, and myself and the other DCSL have just managed to convince our ADC Cubs that we only need one per term. Trouble is we always discuss the same old things. We even tried meeting at the local watering hole to see if that got any more atendees!
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    Speaking from my own experience, although it is good to get together with other Leaders around the District, I feel I do enough without adding meetings into my time too.

    Out meetings tend to cover District Camps, Sectional days out, swimming galas and anything else the Leaders want to do as a District as well as sharing what we have done the previous term.

    Yes, it is the same old faces, but lots of us have families, so getting child care can be an issue, especially when the other half works away or the Leader is a single parent. Also, when the partner isn't also involved in Scouting, it can make things difficult to do the added extras.

    Our meetings tent to be rotated around the District. If we fiond that one particular group are not getting involved, we will ask to use their hut next time which then encourages them along.

    No suggestions really as it is down to individuals if they feel they can give up any more time to Scouting than they already do.

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    We have one every 2 months. At the last one we discussed district events, county events and also area events.

    At the last one we had about 15 leaders there, which I think is at least one from each group in our district (some had more than one leader there).
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    Oh for the days of District Cub Leaders meeting, they don't do sectional meetings in our district . But then the district doesn't organise any events, apart from a so called district camp (I'll decline to comment on what I think of this). Consequently, none of the groups really know each other, the Yp's around the district don't get to meet each other.

    I have tried organising some district events, but I'm just met with apathy and can't be bothered. Or you'll get other leaders wanting a say but won't help organise anything. Contrast this with my last district where we organised a district activity for every month, and all events and meetings were well attended. Hence the take up of scouting was so big in the area.

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    We have about one a term + 1 at Cub Camp but that is all to do with organising the camp.

    We meet in a pub which seems to suit most people and have only half of the district attend, always the same groups each time.

    We discuss District events for the following term and review any lessons learnt from previous ones.

    Not always that productive, minutes take ages to come out

    Hope that helps
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    I want to see Leader Forums restared in my District.

    They are not "meetings", they are to be treated as section nights for Leaders and the aim is that at every meeting the Leaders will go home thinking, I learned something tonight - even if it is just another game.

    If Leaders don't meet, if they don't take part in wider activities they are missing half the fun of Scouting, and their young people miss out on opportunities too.
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    We have a meeting of SLs and ASLs in the District once a year. Last year's meeting...... Present: 1 SL and the DC. Apologies 1 SL (me - it was on a Scouts Night for us). Unaccounted for: 18 SLs and all ASLs. Result: Cheesed-off email from DC to all. Will there be a meeting this year?......Don't hold your breath!

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    I attend both District Beaver and District Explorer Leaders Meetings.

    At the Beaver Leaders meetings we get the same 6 or 7 Colonies represented out of 13 possible Colonies. We organise a lot of District Beaver Events and this is what is the main focus of most meetings.

    At the Explorer Leaders Meetings we generally get most of the Units represented (4 or 5 out of 6) but currently we probably are less productive in terms of things organised as we have no DESC and have generally newer and younger Leaders with not enough of the permits/authoristations we'd really need to do a lot of activities indepedently of Groups (i.e. borrowing Leaders from other Sections or running joint activities with Scouts is currently necessary for most Units to some extent)
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    No-one turned up!

    I can go one better with a District Cub meeting last year where the ADC invited us all to the pub for a social/meeting. My apologises were duly sent as it was our first night back after the summer and I couldn't afford to miss it. When I got home there was a kirt e-mail from the said ADC asking if we had something against him as he was the only one who turn up. I said - look on the bright side, at least it was a cheap round!

    I don't know what the answer is because my list of meetings include:
    My pack leaders meetings to socialise/discuss programmes/plan camps etc (about 6 year)
    District Cub leaders meetings (3 times a year)
    Group Exec Meetings (once a month)
    Group Leaders Meetings (3 a year or more if the section leaders need to talk)
    Meetings with leaders when organising a specific event (ad hoc)

    That's without going to all the Group Fundraising events and District events, county events, visits to Beavers working for their Link Badge, taking Cubs to Scouts working for their Link Badge, swim ups, sail ups and Investitures of Cubs in the Troop. Thats about a month of meetings!

    Oh, and I nearly forgot - the weekly Cub Pack meeting.

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    Excluding actual Section meetings I attend the following

    Programme Planning Meetings - 6 a year (3 per section)
    Meetings to plan events - At least 6 a year
    Group Exec -3 a year
    Group Scouters meetings - 3 a year
    District Beaver Leaders meetings - 5/6 a year
    Distict ESLs meetings - 5/6 a year
    District Team meetings - 5/6 a year

    That is up to 36 meetings a year which is more than one Scout related meeting a fortnight and when you take into account there are no meetings in late July or all of August then it is approaching one meeting a week the rest of the year.

    I don't have any kids so have more spare time than most so I can fully understand why some people just can't or won't spare the time to go to what are often pretty boring meetings.
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    Our Section Leaders attend roughly these meetings per

    -3 programme planning meetings a year
    -3 section district leader meetings a year
    -3 or 4 Group leaders meetings per year
    -1 or 2 meetings for bigger events like camps etc
    -family fun event (into which we sneak our AGM) once a year

    Because of the great way we all work together as a Group, including Exec, leaders choose not to come to Exec meetings (although they are always welcome). Likewise we don't expect them to help at all the fundraisers, although most choose to help at least with one or two.
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    In our District, we have District Cub Leader meetings at least once a term, although as we are planning a District Cub camp in June, we have upped them to every two months at present.
    At our last meeting, we had about 20 Leaders from 13 Packs.
    Our District is a large rural District that take me about 45 minutes to go from the north end to the south, so we try to have meetings reasonably centrally. Traditionally we have meetings on Wednesday, as only one Pack meets that night, but I have suggessted that we try Tuesday next time and see if that has any differences (in fact it is less convenient for me).
    We have had problems to trying not clashing with other Scout meetings e.g. Group Exec, County Support, GSL.
    Sometimes, you have to say is it worse to have several meetings in one week, or have one a week, which is not the same answer for everyone, especially when you have to plan around your own children's activities.

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    At our most recent district scout section meeting there was the ADC Scouts and two of us from my group. No one else turned up.

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    We changed the day and location of our last County Explorer leaders meeting to suit one District and guess what they failed to turn up with no apology!
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    Our District once used to be really organised. Had Competitions every month, also regular Leaders meetings. Nowadays we have nothing! How times change.

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