moving ahead TOO fast (was Tiger Cubs)
Vicki Andros (KAVLA@ASUACAD.BITNET)
Wed, 10 Nov 1993 13:16:18 -0700
Jim relayed his observations about two Webelos Dens, one followed the
program as described, and one was 'jr-scouts'.
I think this applies to all levels of the Scout program. The program is
very flexible at all levels, if the leaders use their imagination to
make it fun. At the Wolf level, Achievement 1 involves forward and backward
somersaults, catching a softball, walking a balance beam, etc. This can
provide a 'boring' meeting - "everybody line up and walk this board" or an
exciting meeting - "we are going to have an obstacle race, start by walking
this board, crumple a piece of paper, do a forward roll, blow up and pop a
balloon, ..... and ring this bell at the end". If you do required items
with other fun items, and make a game of it, the scouts love it - and want
to do it again!
If the things the scouts are doing is FUN, then they do not want to do
more advanced items. I agree with Jim in suspecting that much of the
burn out in boys is because some adult pushed them to do more faster.
I also suspect that when Webelos go camping, they think they are doing
what the Boy Scouts do; but I doubt they have the responsibility that the
Scouts have. When Webelos go camping, who does the majority of the work
to put up and take down tents, wash dishes, plan menus, purchase food, etc?
I would guess that the parents and the leaders do more of this for the Webelos
than is done for the Scouts. Now when an 'advanced' Webelo becomes a Boy
Scout, the camping trips are not new, but the amount of work has increased,
and the camping trips are not 'fun' anymore, its work! If a Webelo has not
had many camping trips, Scout camping still has the work, but the experience
is new, and therefore is fun to do.
Just my 2 cents worth!
-- Vicki Andros (5-2291) EC Annex
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City