Cub scout suggestions
Robert Paul Malchow, Ph.D. 312-996-2025 (U50311@UICVM.BITNET)
Thu, 26 Sep 1991 09:47:49 CDT
Running a weekly gathering for 5-10 boys can indeed
seem like an overwhelming task!
The burden is greatly eased if you can have 2 adult
leaders running the den. We have 10 boys; putting this many
10 year olds in the same room leads to, shall we say, a most
"exuberant" time. Having two adults present really helps
keep things sane. Also, one leader can still be present when
the other has to be at some conference, for example.
When we first started, we had the kids sit in a circle,
and asked each, "What's your name, and what do you like to
do?" There were two common themes that emerged: they liked
to collect baseball cards, and they liked to eat.
It was then that my partner revealed the "good conduct
candle". "Fine", said he, "we will light this candle
at the beginning of each meeting; when it burns to
the bottom, we will have a pizza party, at which you can
bring your card collections and trade cards. If there is
any horseplay during the den meetings, however, the candle goes
out!" You might not believe it, but this works like a
We send a newsletter each month to the parents; its
just a page, letting the parents know what we are
planning. This has my phone number and my co-leader's
phone number on it, so the parents can get in touch
easily. Parents usually come with us on field trips;
they have been terrific, I think because we keep
them aware of what's going on.
Two great sources of info we rely on:
Cub Scout Leader How-to Book,
great source for games, games, and more games
(neat activities also),
Cub Scout & Webelos Scout Program Helps 1991-1992;
great suggestions on how to structure meetings
and specific suggestions for things to do month
Both available at Council offices.
Best of luck,
Paul "Blow the candle out, dear, its time to go to sleep"
p.s. please send notes occasionally as to what is working
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City