Webeloes Summer Camp
lollman karen j (lollma@ACC.WUACC.EDU)
Fri, 22 Jul 1994 16:12:09 -0500
Our 1st and 2nd year Webeloes leave Monday, a.m. for 4 days, 3 nights as
a first camping experience. One trained Cub Master/Leader (a very
mild-mannered quiet man) and 3 dads will go with the group of 13 boys.
The dads have plenty of outdoor experience, (my husband included), but
maybe not as much kid group experience as one might hope for.
The 2nd-year webeloes have a pretty onery kid who takes a lot of pride in
his misdeeds. (The best part of day camp according to him was throwing
clay balls at leaders, and breaking a guys glasses). Two or three of the
other boys are followers, and will gladly participate in anything he
cooks up. There are also a couple of kids who will be the natural target
of the "renegades". (I've been leader/assistant to the group since they
were tigers, but I'm not a camper.)
The Cub Master/Leader is *always* flabergasted when "atilla the hun"
pulls a prank, and never knows what to do! So it looks like it is going
to be up to the "dads" to be prepared. In any other situation, I as the
assistant leader, would consider setting the group down for a discussion
of what behavior the kids think should be expected of them, and what
calls for discipline, prior to the beginning of the event. I would also
encourage a discussion of the spirit of scouting, and have the kids
verbalize what they expect to gain from camp. (Sometimes this tips me
off as to what might be trouble areas!)
But since I'm not going, and nobody else is a "discussion leader", what
do you suggest? The boys have never exhibited a tendency toward
"positive peer pressure", probably because nobody has emerged as a
leader, except for "attila the hun".
I'd like to see this be a great experience for the kids because some of
them are likely to quit after their Arrow of Light, unless camping is a
If you think I'm just a worry wart, I can probably take the heat ;). I
like to think of myself as being well-prepared, since my co-leader was
always caught off-guard.
By the way, the kids respond well to a reward system of any kind, as long
as it immediate.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City