Kevin Cunningham (adlon@THE-WIRE.COM)
Wed, 26 Jul 1995 21:50:38 -0400
I am a cub leader with a relatively small pack & have inherited an effective
"big stick" for enforcing camp discipline. (Sounds tough.. eh?)
Each cub is given a string of six beads. Each leader and parent helper
receives a string of six beads. Cub beads & leader beads are of a different
When a cub breaks one of the camp rules, one of his beads is confiscated and
added to the leader's string. If a cub runs out of beads, his parents are
called & he is removed from camp.
If a cub does something (unasked) worthy of note, a leader will give him a
At the end of camp, awards (badges, pens etc) are given out. Priority of
choice goes to the cubs with the most beads.
We have never had a cub lose more than 4 beads. Some of the older boys will
cry when they have a bead taken from them.
The process is simple, easily communicated and understood. I'm not sure how
well this would work with scouts but it may help.
Akela - 7th Pickering, Ontario, Canada
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