Re: Whoa! Cubs out of control!
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Fri, 10 Nov 1995 03:25:40 -0500
Meeting locations really have a lot to do with how young boys act, its
almost like behavioral conditioning. The larger the room the greater the
urge to take advantage of it for running and noisemaking, especially if
it is a school cafeteria or gym where they are used to unrestrained
expression. The best bet is to take advantage of the site for gathering
activities to burn off energy with lots of physical activity that is
organized and fun. For your meeting there are several options depending
on what you have available from your chartering organization:
* Move the meeting to a library or study room that is smaller. Libraries
seem to instill quiet - behavioral conditioning?
* Move some tables around in the cafeteria to form a physical barrier;
e.g. in a square with a single opening behind you.
* Find a dead-end hallway or a corner in a hall that creates barriers on
two or three sides and put the Cubs in that area with your back to the
rest of the hall.
* Move the meeting place to a parent's home, if one has a rec-room.
* Find a nearby Church that will let you use a small room.
Above all plan the meetings with plenty of activity and make it fun. If
they are engaged with fun, it is easier to keep some sort of order.
Second rule is to realize that they have a lot of energy that has been
pent up all day at school, which means that patience is a virtue for the
leaders - there are just going to be some days. :-)
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
DDC-Training, GW Dist. Nat Capital Area Council mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG
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