Re: Families in Cub Scouts
alan houser (houser@CEDR.LBL.GOV)
Mon, 24 Oct 1994 12:40:17 PDT
Michael Grier <MDG2@PSUVM.PSU.EDU> writes:
>family focus at Pack Events can have a real positive benefit.
It depends. Certainly you want to have some activities that involve the
entire family. We are trying to get the family involved in Scouting, not
just the boy.
On the otherhand, there are times when an activity is not suitable for younger
siblings. Twice as a Webelos Den Leader, I asked parents not to bring
younger siblings on hikes, but they did it anyway. Because the younger ones
could not keep up with the older ones, we had to slow down the hike to
match the capabilities of the younger sibs. This wasn't fair to the
Webelos, who were trying to improve their skills to join Boy Scouts. And
it turned a three-hour hike into a five-hour hike. (My rule of thumb says
a hike should be no longer than half the age of the kid -- through age 10).
My suggestion is that at Pack level activities, there should be something
for everyone to be able to do, if appropriate age-level activities can be
planned. Certainly a toddler is not going to be able to compete in the
Pinewood Derby. But at a family picnic, everyone can have fun, if that is
the plan. On a campout, you need to be sure that the family activities do
not get in the way of the activities for the Cubs and Webelos and that the
leaders are free to devote themselves to the Cubs' and Webelos' program
On den level activities, the focus should be on the Cubs' or Webelos'
program and siblings should not be there, unless the plan was simply to
have a social gathering.
Alan R. Houser ** Scoutmaster, Berkeley Troop 24 ** email@example.com
Former CR, CC, DL, WL, DC, Berkeley Pack 1
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City