Disruptive Den Demolishers
Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Tue, 10 Apr 1990 09:58:41 EDT
Sounds like you have a real BEAR on your hands. After serving my time
in CUBS for 10 years, as ADL to my Wife, Cubmaster 3 year, and WEBLOS
leader twice, once for each son, I am now dedicating my time to Scouts
ONLY and mostly to the OA and older boy programs, til I get some of my
nerves healed. However, to your problem: these problem kids are everywhere
SCOUTS included. What I tried for problems at DEN meetings, was to
require a PARENT to attend with any CUB that caused serious trouble. IF
the parent could not attend, neither did the CUB. If the parent attended
and the problem continued, the CUB was excluded from our monthly TREK.
(I always tried to have a theme related field trip or activity each month)
I don't think that it is fair to the other CUBS that a leader would need
to spend an unreasonable ammount of time with one CUB. If the problem
continued, we would try to find a different DEN or NEW PACK.
The same method could be applied to PACK attivities. If the parent can't
come, niether does the CUB. It's tough, since these kids could really
benefit from the SCOUTING programs, but not at a COST to the other CUBS
and parents who HELP! You could loose parents and CUBS if the BAD APPLE
is not dealt with. Your probation plan sounds OK. See if the other parents
can live with it, AND ask for their help in turning these CUBS arround.
Also, there are ideas on this topic in back issues of Scouting Magazine.
former Cub Master, ADL, & WDL
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City