Susan Ganther (susan@EMAIL.UNC.EDU)
Sat, 9 Sep 1995 20:26:48 -0400
I have used a similar approach, but use a bead jar instead of the candle
for fire safety reasons. I use a small jar that the boys fill with beads
that they earn for attendance, uniform, and good turns. They can lose a
bead for bad behavior, and the dens themselves voted on what they thought
should be the rules of good behavior. The meeting where they got to make
the decision was a great learning experience, and the den became pretty
much a self policing unit, with all of the boys reminding each other not
to misbehave because they'll lose a bead.
I only suggested one rule for them, and that was that any behavior which
the leader thought was bad behavior should result only in a warning if it
was not on the list, a second infraction could then lose them a bead.
They liked that idea and adopted it unanimously.
They came up with some pretty good rules, some of which showed more
foresight than I might have had if I had drawn up a list of rules myself.
Had I made the list for them, they probably would never have been able to
remember them all anyway.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City