Re: Hi, I'm new!
Hendra, Gary (YA0009UH%macpo@ICARUS.SSD.LORAL.COM)
Wed, 20 Jul 1994 09:05:00 PDT
Tammy Gibbons writes:
>Do any of you have
>suggestions for how I can get the boys involved in more "manly" things
>great anxiety on my part?
Well, I don't know exactly what "manly things" are, or are perceived as
at that age group. I would suggest the thing to do is show the young boys a
variety of ways that men work and interact with other people. Field trips
are a great way to accomplish this, as well as introduce many interesting
ideas to them.
I don't know much about Huntsville Alabama, but I do know there is a NASA
facility there that would knock the socks off the kids. Do you have a
recycling plant there? Are there any wildlife refuges nearby? Newspapers,
police, fire departments, etc -- all are very good outings.
Call men into your Den meetings to present topics. Offer these to all
Dens in your Pack as special group meetings. Ask the Mayor to speak about
government. Ask your local paramedics to come in and talk about First Aid.
Ask your local police department to come in and talk about bicycle safety.
I am convinced that the most important aspect of "being manly" that boys
will observe and later emulate, is how a man treats his wife. If they see
love, compassion, affection and a servant spirit, that is what they will
emulate. If they see dominance, abuse and disdain, that is what they will
emulate. I don't think there is much you or any Den leader can do to help
them through this. Just hope they come from a family that exhibits the
former, not the latter.
Yours in Scouting,
Webelos Den Leader, Pack 105, Milpitas, CA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City