Re: Help with Den Meetings
Stanton Schmidt (sschmidt@HP.UWSUPER.EDU)
Wed, 25 Sep 1991 17:35:11 CDT
> Hi! I'm new to this group and I'm looking for ideas on
> games and projects that cub scouts can do with their parents
> during den meetings.
> I feel overwhelmed! I have 5 boys (with more to come) and 5 dads
> faithfully attending each den meeting. These workaholic
> fathers see the den meetings as an outlet to interact with
> their sons. The boys see it as a way to meet with other boys. Given that
> information, I'm not exactly sure how to run the first few den meetings but
> I think some games would be an icebreaker.
> So...If anyone has a strategy for running den meetings that works
> for them and is willing to share the idea, I'm willing to listen.
> Maggie Berry | Interet: firstname.lastname@example.org
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> University of Maryland | Telephone: 301-405-1504 (day)
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I'm glad to here that you have parents for all the boys attending the den
meetings. Get those parents involved. If one dad is a carpenter ask him
to teach the boys to make something of wood, such as a simple toolbox or
birdhouse. If one parent is a firemen have him give the boys a lecture on
fire safety, or even a tour of the fire station. Our dens usually have
three regular den meetings and one den outing. Outings are the most fun
they have toured restuarants (Hardees, Dominoes Pizza....), toured the
power company (they took the boys up in the lift truck), cleaned up a
state park, toured the planetarium. Regular meetings can be fun too.
Have the boys walk around blind folded (so they get an idea of what it is
like to be blind. Put string handles on coffee cans and have them stand on
the cans, while holding the string and try walking. Keep games short, have
a snack and work on acheivements that work well with a group.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City