My wife is the CC of a pack and didn't participate in the Lion pilot. One of the main reasons was that the council instructed pilot packs not to deviate from the Lion pilot program and leaving the Lions out of so many pack activities didn't sit well with the committee.
Yeah ... I'm betting most packs deviate big time. Most packs treat all dens the same. All racing in the derby. All at pack camp outs. All at *****. Because of how packs are run, dens become dependent on big pack activities. Big monthly meetings. Big pack outings. Big pack events.
There is no law saying packs have to have a pinewood derby. IMHO, it might be best if the pinewood derby became something reserved for 3rd & 4th graders. Our district holds a district pinewood derby. IMHO, it might be best to just encourage wolves and bears to go to the district race. Encourage the Webelos to go to the district Webelos woods. Encourage the district to hold a zoo day or something else for the K & 1st graders.
When packs hold events, you really need to invite everyone pack. To not invite certain ages is just not good and most packs will still invite them.
But do you have the choice to not participate anymore? The councils I know that have lions advertise for every pack to have it. And if your pack does not have one, then they will route the interested lions from your school to another pack. That will then hurt your recruitment the next year and split your school between packs.
Edited by fred johnson, 24 February 2017 - 12:49 PM.