When is a den, not a den?
John E. Campbell (spectrum@IAG.NET)
Sun, 25 Feb 1996 12:26:43 -0500
Once again, I'm calling on the combined wisdom of this esteemed group. When
our den started last August we had 6 boys. As some of you may remember, we
also had a leader who found it very difficult to meet his leader
obligations. Shortly after taking over as den leader, our former leader's
boy dropped out. I made a concerted effort to get the boy reinvolved and
even offered to get him into another den if need be but to no avail. A month
ago another boy moved to Tennessee which leaves us with only four boys. Just
recently I was informed that another boy will be moving to North Carolina
soon. Bringing the den down to only 3 boys.
As far as working with 3 boys, I've no problem with that. My concerns are as
Teaching team related skills and cooperation (hard to make two teams with 3
Teaching sportsmanship. In all games I try to stress that yes, we have a
winner and everyone else tried their best, there are no loosers. Even with
the current four boys its getting hard to keep the spirits up of a couple of
the boys. They keep seeing the same winners and "loosers". It wasn't near so
bad with the larger group since there were more "non-winners".
Monthly outings are somewhat of a concern since I try to make them a fun and
educational experience. I schedule tours, walk throughs and like events but
even with four boys I pick up on reluctance by the event providers to make
provisions for such a small group.
I'm not sure if there is another small den in our pack but if there is,
maybe I should consider combining dens? The other option of course is to
just ride it out for the next 3 months and possibly enlarge the den with
next year's newly arrived Bears?
Of course I'll also be talking this over with our Cubmaster but, as with any
task I undertake, I like to have as much information as possible to achieve
the most favorable results. Any advice, similar stories or anecdotes would
be greatly appreciated and welcomed.
From: John E. Campbell
Wolf Den Leader / Assistant Cub Master
Central Florida Council
Den #5, Pack 608
Owner: Campbell Automotive Technologies
Automotive Electronic Accessory Specialist
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