Re: Suspension of building use by principal
Dr. Steven C. Myers (R1SCM@AKRONVM.BITNET)
Wed, 20 Nov 1991 14:18:56 EST
I sent this private to Michael Halla. Perhaps the list is interested,
but BEWARE - LONG MESSAGE. steve
On Wed, 20 Nov 1991 09:25:49 EST you said:
>Have any of you had to deal with a similar situation as described below?
>I would appreciate any advice you have to offer.
>The principal of the school has subsequently banned the Dens from using the
>As the Webelos Den Leader (it was a Wolf Den member who broke the window)
>I went to see the principal this morning to ask him to rescind his decision.
>My pleas and arguments fell on deaf ears.
>It seems so unfair. I work very hard to put together the best possible
> Should I hang in there or take my time and talents elsewhere?
>Am I taking this too personally?
By all means hang in there! Don't go to another pack (yet) but
by all means turn this to your advantage. You don't say whether
your Den has all of the outdoor activity pins yet, but if not, now
is the time. Bloomington can't be too cold for some expeditions
this time of year. Many of the pins and requirements suggest or require
trips to library (communicator) to tv/rado/newspaper (communicator)
to nature center or natural history museum (naturalist) to a play
(showman) to a geological site (geologist) and on and on and on.
I don't know what your parent involvment is, but think how it will
improve when you ask/need them to drive a field trip. Better, visit
one of their places of work if you can fit their job to your "pins."
Call up the local Scoutmaster and do that required visit to a troop
(or more than one) for the arrow of light requirements.
Do a field trip to the council service center and answer their questions
about all of the boy scout stuff and knock off the requirement for
how the boy scout uniform is different than webelos or how the
webelos uniform is different from the cubs. If a new den, bring
parents (remember to drive) and have them purchase those books and
neckerchiefs and whatever. Don't forget the nifty patches of last years
camp that might be on deep discount.
If you go to headquarters ahve you DE come out and say hi. DEs love
Webelos, because they keep Packs strong and grow up to be Boy Scouts.
Get the idea? You may not need to return to the school for some time.
Also, the local library will probably have a room for a meeting.
How about outdoorsman pin? Have your boys plan a campfire and
then ask to use a fire ring at the scout camp and put it on.
You know a good campfire program with parents and or families
and you will have lots of help when you next need to go somewhere
or need something done or need that registered assistant or committee-
What's going on with your Park System? Here there are many wonderful
Metro parks and the National Park (Cuyahoga Valley) -- just last
week they opened a new nature center and held a FREE winter Camping
workshop. Also, see if one of the local outfitter shops would
allow you to meet at his shop and if he would give them a song and
dance about outdoor wear, types of materials, backpacks, tents,
.... (Remember those parents in tow -- great Christmas presents in a
store like that)
This should take you until sometime in January or February. Don't get
Oh, have them meet at a schoolyard or park and do the "tests" for
Athelete Activity Pin. If you are clever you can also qualify
them for the physical fitness requirements for Tenderfoot. Always
read and reread those Boy Scout requirements. Their SM might give them
lots of credit for their Webelos work.
Hey. How could I forget. The number one trip is to the FireStation
where in 2 to 3 sessions, a Paramedic will teach them all of their
Readyman and tour the station, radio room, ambulance. Be sure to
check out the Emergency room at the hospital as well.
Tour police station (citizen) or go watch a court (citizen)
or even better, get a Judge to agree to let the boys hold a mock trial
(Usually with you a defendant) with the judge coaching the boys how to
act like lawyers, juriors, ....
If every boy is of the same faith (Probably not) get the church to
do a presentation on the religious award.
Go swimming and test them for the Aquanaut requirements. Call around
many pools have Party rates.
Get out of the school and your program won't suffer. With planning
it will likely improve. Just keep your eye on the requirements for all
of the Pins. They will have fun and thing they aren't working as hard
surprise, surprise they may advance faster.
I should stop, but I keep thinking of other things. Be more specific
about your situation and maybe I can too. Personally, I think your
principal is way out of line. The Chartered Organization "AGREE"
to provide you with space to meet. You could call your commissioner
and or DE but I would just HIT THE ROAD. BTW if you are meeting in a
classroom, you should find a better permanent space anyway.
Webelos Den Leader and Webelos Coach
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City