Re: New Leader
Susan Ganther (susan@EMAIL.UNC.EDU)
Thu, 19 Oct 1995 15:33:50 -0400
Kimberli, discipline is seldome a problem is you time the activities so
that the NEXT activity is always something they would rather do than what
they are doing NOW. My meetings worked best with the following schedule.
Advancement Activity or Craft
For some reason there is always someone eager to do a flag ceremony in a
wolf den, so that gets us started. They expect announcements, and have
not gotten antsy yet, so it is an easy transition to explaining the
activity or craft. When they are finished or bored (same thing) with the
craft, they are always receptive to the idea of playing a game, likewise
Also, plan a backup plan for when an activity that sounded great just
does not go over with the Scouts. I have had the chance to work with two
dens on the same activity at different meetings, and what works with one
den might be a complete flop with another, so be prepared with an
alternative. As long as you keep them busy they are easy to handle.
Another approach to discipline that worked well for us is the bead jar.
Each time they come to a meeting they get one bead for attendance, one
for being in uniform, and one for a good turn they have done if they have
done one, or if they do one during the meeting. We put the beads in a
small jar and when it is full they all get to choose a special treat for
the den. We spent part of one meeting coming up with rules of conduct for
Scouts that should result in a bead being taken away. I had the Scouts
make suggestions on what rules they thought belonged on the list, and
then the Scouts voted on them. These became THEIR rules, and thinking
about them and deciding about them was a very positive learning
experience for them. It only takes a gentle reminder from myself or one
of the other Cubs to stop a behavior that is on the list.
BTW, Take a look at the games files in the Scouts-L archives if you have not
seen them yet.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City