Re: Junior Girl Scouts
Garbutt, Keith (GARBUTT@WVNVM.BITNET)
Wed, 7 Oct 1992 10:27:36 EDT
What is it with fourth graders???? Chris (my wife) had trouble with
her den last year and last week I got a call from a den leader with a set
of four grade boys who were also acting up. Here are some of the ideas we
have tried - they worked with boys and I see no reason why at least some
of them will not work for you.
1. Your the number of leaders you have seems too low, by bitter experiance
we have learnt to have one leader per five boys maximum - Yes even at
den meetings the quality of the program (in terms of time spent having fun
relative to time spent being told off) has improved since we instituted
this policy with the Pack.
2. Time out box - we only use this at Pack Meetings (approx 80-100 boys)
since we have it in a seperate room and it requires two adults to watch it.
(we have not had to use it now for six consecutive pack meetings !!)
3. Rather than setting the rules ourselves we asked the boys to come
up with a set of behaviour guide lines - They were MUCH tougher than
we would have been and in the main they have tried to stick to them.
(Oh them the last one on the list in big letters was HAVE FUN).
4. There was a posting recently on Scouts-l about arrow head
necklaces we tried this and it worked like a charm for the den
leader who was having trouble this year. She got a load of
beads from our local bead store she gives a blue bead to each
boy who comes in uniform and a gold bead at the end of thee
meeting to the boys who followed the behaviour code (so far she say's
the only boy who has not got a gold bead is her own son!!)
5. The good behaviour candle - a very old trick - have a candle
(a fairly big one) that you light at the begining of each meeting
if the group misbehaves blow it out - when the candle has burnt to the
bottom have a pizza party.
6. If an individual is being very disruptive (we had this problem
with an ADS kid) ask the parents if they are willing to be assistant
leaders - This worked well for us and I got one of my most active
parents that way.
Hope at least some of these help - Good Luck
"The man with many hats"
Mountaineer Council WV
"I used to be an Eagle......"
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City