rowdy cub scouts
Beverly Hutchings (hutchings@BLOMAND.NET)
Fri, 8 Sep 1995 00:45:14 -0400
maybe i should clarify -- the prize was the only surprise there was. i
didn't want to tell them we would do something and then disappoint them if
plans fell through for some reason. the purpose of the candle was explained
to the boys *and the parents* in great detail. explaining this idea to the
parents seemed to help a lot.
hope this clears things up !
pack 172, mcminnville, tn, usa
trail of tears district, middle tennessee council
p.s. i've only had to blow the candle out once in three years. they got the
I did the same thing but at the first DEN Meeting I explained to the boys
the Rules of the house and the purpose of the candle. After the explanation
of the candle, I asked each boy to put on a paper where he would like to go
on a "Good MERIT Day". - bowling, pizza party, Rolling Skating, hiking,
After the slips was counted we took the top 3 and then the boys voted - this
way that all of the Boys are aiming for the same Goal.
Hint - I used a pretty long candle - and when the candle melted down all the
way - we will go. The money for this trip is from the monthly dues the boys
paid at the beginning of each month which $4.00.
I did this for 6 years as a Den Leader with no problems with any of my Dens -
6 to 10 boys.
Pack 71 - Cubmaster
greetings to all!
how do you keep a group of 8 and 9 year-olds from getting too rowdy during
den meetings? one idea is the use of what i call a *good manners candle*.
rules are as follows:
1. before our opening ceremony, our candle is lit (usually an ordinary
10-12" taper). this candle (hopefully) stays lit for the duration of the
2. as long as the candle is lit, the scouts are to use good manners *at all
times*, which includes not yelling, pushing, shoving and all other kinds of
3. if the boys forget their manners and become too rowdy, the candle is
4. when the candle is burned away, the boys earn a prize (i didn't tell my
scouts what it was -- i let it be a surprise).
WARNING!! i don't guarantee that this will work for every den, but it worked
for me, so i thought i'd pass it on.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City